Air France to Retire Airbus A380s, Will Add 60 A220s to Fleet

By Jesse Sokolow on 30 July 2019
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DSC_0784Air France announced multiple changes to its fleet including the earlier-than-planned retirement of its fleet of Airbus A380 jumbo jets and the purchase of 60 Airbus A220 aircraft.

The French flag carrier said it will add 60 A220-300 jets to its fleet starting in September 2021. They will replace the airline’s aging A318 and A319 aircraft.

“We are very pleased to work with Airbus to add the A220-300 to our fleet, an aircraft that demonstrates optimum environmental, operational, and economic efficiency,” said Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM Group.

The airline also said it will accelerate the retirement of its fleet of ten A380 airliners. They will exit the fleet by 2022.  Originally only three were slated to retire by then.

Air France will use the 150-seat A220-300s for short- and mid-haul flights.  The new aircraft will have wider seats and larger overhead bins than the planes they replace. They will also have in-flight Wi-Fi.

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