Air France is taking supply of its first Airbus A350 this 12 months, and we’ve simply realized the primary direction the brand new airplane will fly. Airline Course is reporting the service’s first A350 will take off on Sept. 23 from Paris (CDG) to Bamako, Mali (BKO) after which onwards to Abidjan, Ivory Coast (ABJ).
The abnormal direction features a fifth-freedom leg between Mali and Ivory Coast, each Francophone nations in West Africa.
The Air France-KLM crew has 28 A350-900s on order, with 21 to perform for Air France and the opposite seven in KLM colours. The primary Air France A350 only recently rolled out of the meeting hangar in Toulouse, France.
Air France might be getting an absolutely new trade elegance product, says The Traveler’s Membership, with 34 Zodiac Optima seats specified by a 1-2-1 configuration. Those are in reality the similar utilized in United’s new Polaris trade elegance cabins. It’s some other new trade elegance product for Air France, which has a minimum of 3 different diversifications unfold throughout its Airbus A380 and A330 and Boeing 787 and 777s.
TPG staffers have given nice critiques to the United Polaris laborious product, so this indubitably is a step-up over Air France’s outdated angle-flat seats at the A380 and 2-2-2 configuration at the A330.
It’s unclear if Air France will make its personal customizations to the Optima seat — a video from Safran (which now owns Zodiac) presentations what the cabin may probably appear to be:
Whilst the A350 is a little wider than the 787 Dreamliner, you’ll be able to be expecting a equivalent structure to United’s 787-10 Polaris cabin, proven beneath:
Along with the trade elegance cabin, Air France’s A350 will function 24 in seats in Top class Financial system specified by a 2-4-2 configuration and some other 266 seats in a 3-3-Three structure.
And naturally, the flights might be bookable with miles. Since Air France is a SkyTeam service, you’ll be able to use quite a lot of mileage currencies to nab a seat. The usage of Air France’s personal Flying Blue program might yield the most productive seek effects — plus, you’ll be able to switch issues from all of the primary bank card methods to Flying Blue.
H/T: One Mile At A Time
(Photograph via F. Lancelot/grasp motion pictures via Airbus)