Ever heard of Air France?
Probably? Yes? No?
Okay, here we go. For those of you who follow Air France, the carrier operates a long haul base out of Orly Airport in Paris. These operations use 12 777-300ER aircraft with 468 seats and mainly fly to French overseas Departments mostly in the Caribbean and periodically in the Indian Ocean(Île de la Réunion). You think this is dense? Air France has just released pics of the newer dense cabin. The cabin features 14 of its new business class seats(as those in the A359s), 28 premium economy seats and with 430 economy seats to top it off at a total of 472 seats. In comparison, the nearest international configuration of the 77W is at 450 seats with Air Canada. According to
Runway Girl Network(linked below), Air France states that the current 468-seat config has very low CASM similar to Level’s 314-seat A330s at approximately €0.05. Impressive, eh?
Via their twitter page, air plus news(linked below) states that the first ship with this config is F-GSQT, which as of drafting this topic has made a roundtrip to Guadeloupe and is enroute to Martinique.
It’ll be interesting to see how this newer config performs compared to the old one.
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