Paris, France - Today, the French flag carrier Air France has received its first Airbus A350-900 out of 28 on order.
Air France will take delivery of the all 28 A350-900 ordered by the parent KLM-Air France after the swap agreement with the Dutch carrier KLM.
In Return, the Dutch operator will take delivery of six Boeing 787-9 ordered for Air France.
The French operator will add three Airbus A350-900 to its fleet this year. Eleven more will join the airline by the end of 2021. The remaining 14 copies will be delivered by the end of 2025.
The airline's new widebody jets will be powered by Rolls-Royce's Trent XWB engine that was exclusively designed for the A350XWB family jets.
Air France's first A350-900 will carry out its first scheduled flight on October 7 between Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Bamako (Mali).
From 27 October, Paris-Toronto route will follow. Upon the arrival of the third A350, Cairo and Seoul will be added to these destinations from December 7, and Bangkok in the summer of 2020.
The company considers the new A350-900 as a replacement aircraft on its existing routes rather than launching new long-haul routes.
The aircraft is configured to accommodate 34 passengers in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 266 in Economy.