Paris, France - The French low-cost long-haul operator French bee has received its third Airbus A350-900, which will replace its only Airbus A330-300 in the fleet.
The A350-900 registered F-HREY of the French specialist in budget long-haul flights arrived at the Paris-Orly Airport on June 26 and joined the other two Airbus A350-900 there.
The aircraft is leased from the American lessor Aircraft Lease Corporation (ALC) and configured to accommodate 35 passengers in the Premium Class seats and 376 in Economy seats.
The A330-300 of the French bee will now join the fleet of the sister airline Air Caraïbes, another subsidiary in the Groupe Dubreuil.
French bee plans to add one new Airbus A350 every year. An A350-900 is expected to arrive next year, which will be followed in 2021 and 2022 by two Airbus A350-1000, the larger variant of the A350XWB family.
With the new acquisitions, French bee will be operating an all-Airbus fleet comprising six Airbus A350 by 2022.
Fleet homogeneity is the key to success for any airline operating on the long-haul low-cost market. At French bee, we decided to rely solely on the Airbus's A350, one of the most reliable and efficient aircraft in the market today, said Marc Rochet in a statement, President of French bee.
Investing in a modern fleet is essential to accelerate our development in a sustainable way, added airline CEO Muriel Assouline.
The A350 is an ideal aircraft for our long-haul flights to San Francisco, Tahiti, and Reunion. It allows us to achieve a fuel economy that can reach 25% per seat, a major competitive advantage for French bee when prices are rising.
From Orly, French bee flies to Papeete-Faa'a via San Francisco and Saint Denis-Roland Garros in the Reunion.