29 APRIL 2019
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The route between Paris CDG, Mali and Abidjan will be the first to see Air France’s new Airbus A350 when the aircraft enters service on 23 September. The flights are scheduled to run until 8 December.
Air France has ordered 21 A350-900s, with the first due to be delivered just ahead of the one service so far announced. The aircraft is nearing completion at the Airbus assembly plant in Toulouse.
The airline’s fleet will feature 266 seats in Economy Class and 24 in Premium Economy in a 2+4+2 layout, with Recaro rumoured to be the supplier. Business Class (below) will have 34 Zodiac Aerospace Optima seats, all with direct aisle access.
News of the A350-900 interiors follows the unveiling by Air France earlier this year of the new Business Class for the A330s, which the airline says will be brighter and airier, although there is no provision for direct aisle access from every seat.
The cabin will have 36 seats with 22.5in width in a 2+2+2 layout with fully lie-flat functionality, in keeping with Air France’s business partner KLM, which introduced lie-flat beds on its A330s last year.
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