Air France is getting ready to welcome the first Airbus A220 to its fleet in September. This first jet delivery will be the first of 60 A220s the French carrier has ordered and will start the replacement of its aging A318s and A319s in its network.
The sleek, new Airbus A220 designed for Air France features the iconic seahorse symbol and familiar Air France paint scheme appropriate to celebrate their rich history.
The Airbus A220 has a light composite airframe and is thus quieter than previous generation aircraft. The reduced weight of the material allows it to use less fuel, dramatically reducing its environmental footprint.
Lightweight composites in the A220 will help achieve ambitious goals for 2020-2030: -50% CO2 emissions on domestic network from Paris-Orly by 2024 according to the carrier and and a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2030.
The Airbus A220 uses 20 percent less fuel than previous generation aircraft and has a 34% reduced noise footprint.
A220 Will Undergo Extensive Testing Before Deployment
The Airbus A220 will undergo a series of ground and in-flight tests before joining Paris as Air France's flagship carrier for customers.
On its arrival, it will be used for more than a month to train the airline's flight crews, some of whom began the so-called "type rating" process last summer.
As with every new type of aircraft entering the fleet, the company has set up two core groups, one made up of pilots and the other of flight attendants. These already qualified crew members will then be responsible for training their colleagues within the framework of in-house programs validated by the aviation authorities.
The Air France A220 will seat 148 passengers in a 3-2 cabin layout.
Each seat will be equipped with type A and type C USB ports and all passengers will enjoy Wi-Fi access from their personal devices.
[Source: Air France]