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Growing Fast: Air France Already Has Its 10th Airbus A220

The Air France fleet renewal continues apace as the carrier takes delivery of its 10th Airbus A220-300. The French airline expects around 15 deliveries each year as it moves to replace its aging A320-family fleet.

Air France welcomes another A220

Air France has reached a symbolic milestone after welcoming its 10th Airbus A220-300 on Monday. After departing the Airbus facility at Mirabel (YMX), the A220 (registration: F-HZUJ) arrived at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) and will enter service on July 5th, operating flight AF1126 to Venice.

Air France’s A220s will fly to dozens of destinations across Europe this summer. Photo: Air France.

Air France has hit 10 Airbus A220s just nine months after taking delivery of its first A220 in September 2021, with the carrier noting that “this is the fastest fleet integration of an aircraft in the history of Air France.” The fleet renewal drive will see Air France eventually welcome 60 A220-300s by the end of 2025 at a rate of around 15 deliveries a year.

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In keeping with the airline’s tradition, F-HZUJ has been given the name “Auvers-sur-Oise,” becoming the 96th plane in the Air France fleet named after a French town.

The A220-300 will eventually make up around 70% of the Air France fleet by 2030 compared to 7% today, a move that would see the carrier become the largest A220 operator in Europe.

Airbus A220-300 – F-HZUJ

F-HZUJ is the 10th A220-300 built for Air France. The plane departed Mirabel on July 2nd and arrived in Paris a day later.

The airline’s A220-300s seat 148 passengers in a 3-2, all-economy configuration, with Air France noting that 80% of passengers will benefit from a window or aisle seat in this layout.

Compared to the Airbus A318 and A319, the A220 offers a 10% cost reduction per seat and 20% less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

In July 2019, Air France announced a deal with Airbus for 60 A220-300s. The airline is also keen on a stretched A220 to replace the A320, with any potential “A220-500” design offering capacity for up to 200 passengers in a single-class layout.

Simple Flying took a deep dive into Air France’s fleet earlier this year, noting the airline has some tough decisions to make on its widebody fleet in the next few years.

A busy summer schedule

The A220-300 is gradually taking over operations from Air France’s aging Airbus A318 and Airbus A319 aircraft and has a packed summer schedule to look forward to.

Air France received its first A220 in September. Photo: Air France

This summer, the efficient jets will fly to dozens of top European destinations, including Berlin, Hamburg and Munich (Germany), Milan-Linate, Milan-Malpensa, Bologna, Rome, Naples and Venice (Italy), Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Copenhagen (Denmark), Athens (Greece), Helsinki (Finland), Vienna (Austria), Warsaw (Poland) and Stockholm (Sweden).

Will you be flying on an Air France Airbus A220-300 this summer? Have you flown on one of its new jets recently? Let us know in the comments.

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