Air France has started offering its upgraded cabins to five additional routes. The airline said that new long-haul cabin products would be offered on select Boeing 777-200 flights to Boston, Osaka, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Bangalore.
A spokesperson of Air France said that Boeing 777-200 aircraft is configured in three classes. The customers booking business class flights to Boston from Paris-CDG and four other long-haul destinations would be offered a total of 40 seats. Those travelling in premium economy would be offered 24 seats, while the customers booking tickets in economy class would be offered 216 seats.
The airline had introduced the new seat designs in 2014 itself. The upgraded cabins were being installed on the airline’s impressive fleet of 44 Boeing 777 aircrafts. With the upgraded cabins in 44 Boeings, the airline will thus be offering nearly 10,000 seats in economy class, 2,012 seats in business class and more than 1,100 seats in premium economy.
Media reports said that Air France is expected to complete the installation of the new long-haul cabin products on to 30 aircrafts by the end of the winter season in March 2016.
Meanwhile, Air France had in October this year announced that it will be curtailing its long-haul capacity by nearly 10 percent in the next two years. The airline, which is confronting financial woes in recent years, indicated that it is planning to get rid of 14 aircrafts. The airline is presently operating 107 aircrafts this summer, but after reducing the fleet it will operate only 93 aircrafts in summer 2017. The airline said that it will stop operating flights on five routes and drop 35 weekly frequencies by 2017.