Air France Orders 10 More A350s To Replace A380s

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:

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  • 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:

  • A330/A350
  • 777
  • 787

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(Images by Airbus)

Congratulations to Airbus and Air France-KLM on this order!

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Awesome! The timing with 19.4 makes it even cooler to me haha

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Can’t wait to have more options when flying this plane!

Understandable and good choice but sad to see the A380 leave the fleet.

Thanks for sharing the news!

Sad to see the big bus to start leaving :(

Oh yes, this should be selected as the best picture of the year, great shot.

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