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Angers: Air France Takes Delivery of 20th Airbus A350

Air France is continuing to integrate latest-generation aircraft, with an improved economic and environmental performance, into its fleet.

On 25 November 2022, the airline welcomed its twentieth Airbus A350-900 into its fleet, registration F-HTYT. The aircraft has rolled off the Airbus assembly line in Toulouse and has completed its ferry flight to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, where it will operate on the airline's long-haul routes.

The aircraft will make its first commercial flight on 26 November 2022, flying to Lima (flight AF480).

The is christened "Angers", a tribute to this city in the West of France once home to the kings of France. Since the delivery of its first Airbus A350 in 2019, Air France has revived the tradition of naming its aircraft after French towns.

In total, Air France has ordered 38 Airbus A350-900s, with deliveries continuing through 2025. By 2030, latest generation aircraft (Airbus A350s, Boeing 787s, Airbus A220s) will make up 70% of the Air France fleet.

The Airbus A350-900 symbolizes the transition to more sustainable air transport. It consumes 25% less fuel (2.5 litres per passenger per 100 kilometres) than an equivalent-sized, older airliner, thanks to the use of lighter materials: 53% composites and 14% titanium. Its noise footprint is also reduced by 40%.

In Air France configuration, the Airbus A350 has 324 seats, with 34 in the Business cabin, 24 in the Premium Economy cabin and 266 in the Economy cabin.

On board, customers enjoy spacious cabins in Business, Premium Economy and Economy, 30% larger windows, optimized air pressure system, providing a more comfortable cabin atmosphere with regularly renewed air, and lighting adapted to the different phases of the flight.

To stay connected on board the Airbus A350, customers can access Air France CONNECT, the in-flight Wi-Fi service.

This winter, the Air France Airbus A350 will serve 20 destinations from Paris CDG, including 5 in Africa: Conakry, Bamako, Brazzaville, Kinshasa, and Cairo.

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