Air France inaugurates first Boeing 777 equipped with new cabins (video)
On 23 June 2014, Air France made the first flight with a Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with the new Economy, Premium Economy and Business cabins on the route Paris, New York. At 19: 10, the flight AF008 took off from Paris-Charles de Gaulle with the direction of New York. Thus, the passengers were able to enjoy, for the first time, the comfort of the new rearranged classes on board Air France aircraft.
Air France chose New York as the inaugural destination because the Paris - New York route is top and among the most important for the French airline. This summer, Air France offers 4000 seats for this route, operating 7 daily flights (2 in partnership with Delta Air Lines).
And here's how things tie in. Also, between 26-28 June 2014, New York will host the exhibition "Air France, France is in the air", The public having the opportunity to discover the unique French experience that the company offers.
By the Best & Beyond program, the Air France fleet for long-haul flights (including 44 Boeing 777 aircraft) is gradually equipped with nearly 10 000 Economy seats, approximately 1100 Premium Economy seats and 2102 Business Class seats. By the end of the year, the new cabins will be available on flights to Singapore, Jakarta, Tokyo-Haneda, Houston and Shanghai, with aircraft flying to Dubai, Sao Paulo and Douala in 2015.
About the Best & Beyond project I've announced you since 2013. This is a large positioning project in the upper segment of commercial aviation, carried out by Air France starting with 2012. It is part of the Transform 2015 program and consists of investments of over 500 millions of EURO in changing seats from the four comfort classes: Economy, Premium Economy, Business and Premiere.
Neither KLM, part of the group Air France-KLM, it is no more. It has already announced investments of 200 million EURO in the modernization of the long-courier fleet. This summer, KLM is offering the new World Business class on the 22 of Boeing 747 aircraft. From September 2015, the new Business Class will also be found on Boeing 777-200 and Boeing 777-300 aircraft. Also during the 2015-2018, the group will be in possession of the first Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350 XWB aircraft, and these will be equipped with the new cabins.
At the same time, the group announced total investments of over 1 billion EURO in the modernization of its products and services.