Air France unveiled on Monday its first Airbus A220-300 already sporting its livery. The aircraft, which is part of an order for 60 jets signed in December 2019, will be delivered to the company in late September.
The A220-300 was shown in a video leaving the paint shop at the Mirabel plant in Canada. The aircraft still has a Canadian provisional registration (C-FPBQ) and will be finalized to begin flight tests in the coming weeks.
Air France will replace the A220-300 with the old A318 and A319 currently in operation. The carrier claims that the new aircraft will reduce fuel consumption by 20% and its noise reduction footprint by 34%, helping the company meet its sustainability goals.
The first A220 will be used to train Air France employees for more than a month, the company explained.
“As with every new type of aircraft entering the fleet, the company has set up two core groups, one made up of pilots and the other of flight attendants. in-house programs validated by the authorities,” said Air France.
Air France’s A220-300 will be configured with 148 seats and will have two USB ports in each seat as well as Wi-Fi service for all passengers.