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Air France's first Airbus A220. (Photo: Air France)

Air France Adds First A220 to Fleet, Announces First Destinations

Air France took delivery of its first Airbus A22-300 on Wednesday, welcoming an aircraft it christened "Le Bourget," named for a French town north of Paris with close historical ties to aviation and home of Paris-Le Bourget Airport, the Air and Space Museum and the biennial Paris-Le Bourget International Air Show. The aircraft is set to be the first of 60 of the type the airline will take delivery of in the coming years, which are set to replace the…

Airbus Posts a Solid Month of Orders As Boeing Struggles

The global decrease in air travel in 2020 created a glut of aircraft, many of which were sent to storage to ride out the pandemic with the hope that demand returns. This meant that aircraft manufacturers, which had enjoyed orders hand over fist in the years preceding 2020, were in…

Air France Focuses on Europe, the Caribbean for Winter 2021

The ongoing pandemic has led many carriers to shift their operational focus to leisure routes in recent months in an attempt to capture any remaining demand. Yesterday, Air France become the latest airline to join the trend as the carrier announced six new routes departing from Paris's Charles de Gaulle…

A First Look at Air France’s New Airbus A220

On Monday, Air France's brand new Airbus A220 rolled out of the paint shop sporting a sleek, elegant look. The aircraft, which will be delivered in September, is the first of 60 A220-300s the airline has on order. The addition of the A220 into Air France's fleet should prove beneficial…

Air France Welcomes 11th Airbus A350 As It Prepares for…

In September 2019, Air France took delivery of its first Airbus A350 XWB, the first aircraft of the then initial order of 28 of the type. Subsequently, in November of the same year, Air France decided to place an additional order for another 10 A350-900s, taking the total order to…

Air France Increases Leisure Focus For Upcoming Winter

On Thursday, Air France unveiled its preliminary plans for the upcoming winter 2021-2022 service, with three new "sunny" destinations across the globe targeting leisure travel. Additionally, the Paris-based carrier plans to increase frequencies to other leisure destinations in the Middle East, French Polynesia and North America. New Flights to Africa,…

AFI KLM E&M Inks New Deals, Prepares for A220

Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) announced on April 28 that it has signed numerous new deals and service offerings for its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business. These will include new services for the Airbus A220-300 and a new deal signed with Corendon Dutch Airlines,…

Air France Announces New Flights to Denver

Amid a slowdown in transatlantic travel, Air France is launching a new service to Denver, increasing its total U.S. destinations for the 2021 summer season to 12. Initially, the French flag carrier plans thrice-weekly services on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Flights are slated to start on July 2, 2021, subject…

French Lawmakers Ban Short Domestic Flights

French lawmakers from the lower chamber of Parliament voted on Saturday, April 10 to ban domestic flight operations in France where a train would complete the trip in two-and-a-half hours or less, with a goal of diverting short-haul domestic air traveling to more energy-efficient train services. While climate policies remain…

Airbus Sends Off Last Toulouse-Built A380

The Airbus A380 has departed Toulouse, France, for the final time, 15 years after being unveiled to the world as Airbus' challenge to the Boeing 747. The aircraft, carrying MSN (Manufacturers Serial Number) 272, will eventually be delivered to Emirates. The airframe itself was first spotted back in September 2020…