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Air France's first A220 rolling out of the paint shop (Photo: Air France Newsroom)

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 for the airline and its customers considering its improved range, comfort, low operating costs and reduced environmental impact.  A Look at Air France's First A220 Air France's first A220 debuted…

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…

Danke Tegel: End of an Era for Long-Time Berlin Airport

Sunday, Nov. 8 marked the end of an era in Berlin, Germany, as Tegel Airport, the main airport which has represented the capital for decades, came to a close after more than 70 years of operation. The closure was confirmed following years of delays to the opening of the new…

Emirates Retires Its First A380

On Tuesday, Emirates officially retired its first A380 jumbo jet. The aircraft, registered as A6-EDB, has been in Emirates’ fleet for 12 years and completed its final flight on Oct. 27. While this retirement is not a direct causality of the COVID-19 pandemic, the once-reverenced "Eighth Wonder" is slowly withdrawing…

Qatar Airways Becomes Third Airline to Suspend Its Route to…

Qatar Airways joins Air New Zealand and Emirates in announcing that it will halt flights to Argentina. The three airlines confirmed that operations will not be resumed to the South American country even after the restrictions for commercial flights ends. On April 24 earlier this year Air New Zealand was…