Air France A350 fleet reaches 20 aircraft

French flag carrier is quickly establishing itself as one of Airbus’ widebody customers

Air France celebrated the delivery of the 20th A350-900 to its fleet last week. The widebody Airbus aircraft registration F-HTYT was received on November 25 and took over the Paris-Lima flight the next day.

With a total order of 38 A350s, Airbus is expected to complete deliveries by 2025, making Air France one of the largest operators of the model in the world.

Currently, Air France is the 6th largest customer of the A350, next to Air China. The French flag carrier, however, has all 20 jets in service while the Chinese airline has three A350s out of service, according to Planespotters.

Air France 20th A350-900 (AF)

Air France configured its A350-900 with 324 seats, with 34 in the Business class, 24 in the Premium Economy and 266 in the Economy.

Since September 2019, when it received the first Airbus, Air France has made the A350 one of its main long-haul aircraft, serving 20 destinations from Charles de Gaulle Airport:

Atlanta, Chicago, Miami and Seattle (United States), Montreal (Canada), Mexico City (Mexico), San José (Costa Rica), Lima (Peru), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago de Chile (Chile), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali), Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Cairo (Egypt), Tel Aviv (Israel), Beirut (Lebanon), Delhi and Bangalore (India).

Air France 20th A350-900 (AF)

Despite this, the A350 is still outnumbered by the Boeing 777, of which Air France has 18 777-200s and 43 777-300ERs.

As is once again a tradition at the airline, the new A350 was also named after a French city, “Angers”, this time.

The top 10 A350 operators

Position Carrier A350-900 A350-1000 Total
Singapore Airlines 61 61
Qatar 34 19 53
Cathay Pacific 28 17 45
Delta Airlines 26 27
Lufthansa 21 21
Air China 20 20
Air France 20 20
Ethiopian Airlines 18 19
Finnair 17 17
10º Japan Airlines 16 16
Top 10 261 36 297
Total 437 67 504
Share 59,7% 53,7% 58,9%
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