Air France has revealed the next phase of its long-haul cabin improvement programme, with the revamp of its Airbus A330 fleet.
The airline’s entire fleet of A330-200 aircraft will be refitted with new interior products, in a project that will run from late 2017 to the end of 2018.
Once the EUR140 million (U159m) programme is complete, each A330-200 will be able to carry 226 passengers, with 30 new flat-bed seats in business class seats, 21 seats in premium economy and 175 in economy. This marks an increase of 18 seats from the currently capacity, with 10 business class seats being removed to make way for 28 more economy class seats.
The project follows on from the ongoing revamp of the airline’s fleet of Boeing 777s.
“Since the first flight equipped with the ‘Best’ cabins to New York in June 2014, they have been highly acclaimed by our customers. If Air France is back among the best global airlines, this is partly thanks to our very high quality products and services. Equipping our Airbus A330 fleet with these cabins is the next logical step in the move upmarket of Air France’s products and services,” said Frédéric Gagey, chairman & CEO of Air France.
The new “cocoon”-style business class seats recline to form two-metre long beds, while the premium economy seats offer more legroom and recline 130-degree from upright. In economy, the new seat offers more legroom, new headrests and wider tray tables. And all seats come equipped with touch-screen in-flight entertainment systems.