Les Abymes, Guadeloupe - The French carrier Air Caraïbes has taken delivery of its third Airbus A350-900. The aircraft registered F-HTRE was delivered to the operator on July 25.
Air Caraïbes third Airbus A350-900 has entered into service today between Paris and Guadeloupe. Guyana, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti will follow.
Yesterday, the aircraft departed from manufacturer's Toulouse facilities and landed at Paris-Orly from where it will fly today to the Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe.
The new widebody jet of the French airline was leased from the order book of the American lessor ALC with Airbus. It is configured to accommodate 18 passengers in Business Class, 45 in Premium and 326 in Economy as the previous two A350-900.
Air Caraïbes will be the first airline to serve French Guiana with an A350-900 as of July 29.
Air Caraïbes will also be the only carrier to fly the A350-900 to the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana in September and Santo Domingo from December 15.
Paris - Port-au-Prince (Haiti) route will also be served from December 15.
With the arrival of third Airbus A350-900, the transatlantic fleet of Air Caraïbes now comprises nine widebody jets - four A330-300, two A330-200, and three A350-900.
The company will include three more aircraft to its widebody fleet. Three A350-1000 will join the French carrier's fleet by the end of 2019.
The A350-1000s will be configured to offer 24 seats in Business Class, 45 in Premium and 360 in Economy.
Air Caraïbes' A350-900 is the 55th A350 delivered this year and the 292nd since the launch of the program. As of the end of June, Airbus has 713 orders for the A350-900, and 180 for the A350-1000 on its backlog.