Air France has announced an order for 10 additional A350s to replace its A380 fleet:
- This order was placed by the entire Air France-KLM Group but the aircraft will be operated by Air France.
- This means Air France will have a total of 38 A350-900s in its fleet once all aircraft are delivered. So far, Air France has received 3 of the 38 A350s.
- By 2023, Air France will operate 116 long-haul aircraft.
These aircraft will replace the 10 A380s set to all be retired by 2022:
- This isn’t a true replacement capacity-wise.
- Air France’s A380 has 516 seats while the A350 only has 324.
- Their A380 has First/Business Class while the A350 only has Business Class.
- Additionally, these new A350s will allow Air France to accelerate the A340 retirement to early 2021.
This move allows Air France to pursue a reduction in the number of pilot qualifications necessary for its long-haul fleet.
There will only be three different pilot qualifications by 2023:
(Images by Airbus)
Congratulations to Airbus and Air France-KLM on this order!