During this year’s Aircraft Interior Expo in Hamburg, Air France unveiled its brand new cabin on the Airbus A350 fleet. This news was already expected by all of us since the airline announced plans to retrofit its fleet with new seats and cabins.
Air France Introduces New A350s With New Cabin
The airline has undergone fleet renewal with a total of 41 Airbus A350-900s orders of which 20 aircraft have been delivered. The 21st A350, named “Aix-en-Provence” will be the first to feature this new cabin configuration and will be delivered in July 2023.
The remaining 21 aircraft will all be delivered by 2025 and it will all feature the new cabin.
Air France A350-900 New Cabin Details
The new aircraft will feature new cabins across all travel classes with a total of 292 seats – 48 in Business, 32 in Premium Economy and 212 Economy seats respectively.
Compared to the current A350, there will be more premium seats and lesser Economy Class seats as the older A350s were intended to be delivered to Joon, a subsidiary of Air France which is now fully integrated into the Air France fleet.
Air France Brand New A350 Business Class
The new A350 will feature 48 Business Class seats based on the “three Fs” concept – Full Flat, Full Access and Full Privacy. The seats will be configured in a 1-2-1 layout in reverse herringbone configurations. Furthermore, there will be doors installed in every seat for privacy.
Each seat will also feature a wide 20″ 4K Ultra High-Definition anti-glare screen, a Bluetooth connection allowing you to use your own headsets and more charging sockets. The seats can transform into a real bed 53 cm wide and almost 2 meters long. There are also a few storage areas around the seat to keep your personal items – in addition to the personal storage beside the armrest, there is a second storage on the foot of the seat.
A new touchpad screen also allows passengers to browse various programs and control the seat’s entire environment, from adjusting the position of the seat to lighting intensity.
The front-row seats in Business Class especially offer additional comfort with a personal closet with a vanity mirror and extra storage space. Passengers traveling with infants can have the bassinet installed inside the seat.
Air France Brand New A350 Premium Economy
Air France’s brand-new Premium Economy features 32 seats from Collins Aerospace in a 2-4-2 layout. These seats offer seat offers 37in(94cm) of pitch and an 18.8in(48cm) width with a reclining angle of up to 121 degrees.
Furthermore, the Premium Economy seats have a wide 13.3-inch 4K Ultra High-Definition anti-glare screen with a Bluetooth connection. The seat cushions have been redesigned and now extend up to the shoulder level and there is also a 4-position headrest which can be adjusted to suit all preferences.
Air France Brand New A350 Economy Class
Air France also updated its Economy Class seats with new features. The cabin is configured with 212 seats in a 3-3-3 layout with 31.1in(79cm) of pitch and 18.1in(46cm) of width and a 119-degree recline.
Similar to the Premium Economy seats, Economy Class seats also feature a wide 13.3-inch 4K Ultra High-Definition anti-glare screen with Bluetooth connection and two new features:
- A personal smartphone or tablet holder in the backrest
- A USB-C port, in addition to the USB-A port
Air France has revealed the brand-new cabin of its Airbus A350-900 fleet starting its 21st aircraft delivery which will take place in July 2023. These newest deliveries will feature new seats and cabins compared to their first 20 A350s.
Business Class seats will have doors for privacy and will be more premium-heavy with lesser Economy Class seats.