First Glimpse of Air France’s New Airbus A350

Jun 18, 2019

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Air France’s brand new A350 has been spotted on Twitter, fresh out of Airbus’s paint shop in Toulouse, France.

The plane boasts a simple update to the airline’s classic livery, which passengers can expect to see on the runway in Toronto as soon as November, operating daily nonstop flights to Paris. The Air France-KLM group has 28 Airbus A350s on order, with 21 of them to be delivered in Air France’s colors.

The Air France A350s will feature a new business-class product that differs from its premium cabins on other aircraft. The plane will be given a 1-2-1 layout similar to the United Polaris product, with 34 lie-flat Zodiac Optima seats available. The carrier will also offer 24 premium economy seats in a 2-4-2 layout, with the remaining 266 seats in a standard 3-3-3 economy layout.

Zodiac Optima seat to feature on Air France’s new A350. (Photo courtesy of Safran Seats)


Business passengers who want the best Air France experience should do some research before booking, as there’s already a pretty big difference between biz on the airline’s A380s, its Boeing 777s and its Airbus A330 flights. Still, the new option on the A350 looks like a promising improvement over even the best of the other current offerings, and we’re excited to see it fly.

Featured photo of an Air France A350 in progress by F. Lancelot, master films by Airbus.

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