Ben Smith This is another nice addon!
Air France has just placed a significant aircraft order, which is the next milestone in a simplified fleet for Air France-KLM.
Ben SmithAir France Orders 10 Additional A350s
Air France has placed an order for an additional 10 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Air France took delivery of their first A350-900 just a few months ago (here’s a review of Air France’s A350 business class between Toronto and Paris), and already had 28 of these planes on order, so this brings their total to 38.
Air France A350-900
So, why the sudden incremental A350 order? Because Air France recently made the decision to retire their fleet of A380s by the end of 2022 (they’re already retired their first A380), and these planes will act as lower capacity replacements of the A380s.
Ordering 10 A350s to replace 10 A380s obviously represents a significant capacity reduction, though nowadays airlines are looking for smaller and more fuel efficient planes anyway.
Air France A350-900 business class
Air France has had huge issues with the A380s, particularly with their reliability, which is why they’re retiring them sooner than initially expected.
The arrival of these A350s will also allow Air France to accelerate the retirement of A340s, which should be out of the fleet by the first quarter of 2021.
Ben SmithAir France-KLM’S Fleet Simplification Strategy
This is part of a significant attempt by Air France-KLM to simplify the fleets of the two airlines going forward. Since Ben Smith took over as CEO of Air France-KLM, one of h
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