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A New Airbus A320 On The Caribbean Regional Network

September 14, 2013 Aviation No Comments Email Email

AirfanceOn 9 September, Air France welcomed a new Airbus A320* on its regional network at the Pointe-à-Pitre Pôle Caraibes Airport (Guadeloupe).

This aircraft offers customers improved comfort thanks to its new cabins and is more environmentally-friendly.

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GREATER COMFORT ON THE CARIBBEAN REGIONAL NETWORK

This new Airbus A320 with a seating capacity of 158, offers the airline’s customers two travel classes: 14 seats in Business and 144 seats in Economy class. This is the Company’s first aircraft to be equipped with a new generation seat which is lighter and more comfortable.

In all cabin classes, this new seat offers more legroom (nearly 4 cm more). Passengers thus enjoy greater freedom of movement throughout the trip. The armrests are fully removable and integrated into the reclining seat back, facilitating customers’ access and ensuring greater relaxation. The headrests are integrated and coat hooks are readily available irrespective of the seat table position. In Business class, the middle seat remains unoccupied for customers’ optimum comfort and privacy.

The sober seat design offers clear visibility of the entire light-filled, elegant cabin, giving passengers the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing and refined travel experience.

A MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY AIRCRAFT

The benefits of the new seat are two-fold, improving passengers’ travel comfort while reducing environmental impact. Indeed the seat is 20% lighter than previous seats, resulting in a reduction in fuel consumption by approximately 52 tons per aircraft per year, i.e. a reduction in CO2 emissions of 165 tons per aircraft and per year.

The new aircraft is also the first Air France A320 to be equipped with “sharklets”; wing tips designed to improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and reduce its fuel consumption by up to 3% depending on the flight duration.

THE AIR FRANCE REGIONAL NETWORK IN THE CARIBBEAN

On the regional network, Air France operates flights connecting Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France, Cayenne, Port-au-Prince, Miami, San Domingo and Punta Cana**.  Two dedicated Airbus and crews on this network operate over 30 weekly flights between the region’s economic centres.

* the new aircraft replaces one of the two A320s operating on the Caribbean regional network.
** San Domingo and Punta Cana are seasonal destinations served by Air France in July and August.

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