Air France has taken delivery of the first four of 28 A350-900s it is due to receive over the next five years.
The aircraft is configured with 34 seats in business, 24 in premium economy and 266 in economy.
Business features a lie-flat seat with a 1-2-1 layout providing aisle access for all passengers.
Business Traveller reviewed the business class service on Air France’s A350 last year, on its inaugural flight between Paris CDG and Toronto.
The new-generation A350 is touted as being 25 per cent more fuel efficient than long-range competitors such as the B777. It is powered by new fuel-efficient and quiet Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines.
For passengers, straighter side-walls aim to give more head and shoulder room, and larger overhead storage in business class will be able to hold two roller-bags per passenger.
In order to reduce jet lag, LED mood lighting changes gently throughout the flight, and the state-of-the-art air conditioning system splits the cabin into multiple zones and provides fresher air and more flexible temperature control.
Air France is set to get six deliveries before the end of next year – so where can you fly it?
Air France A350 destinations for summer 2020
A total of six long-haul destinations will be served by the carrier’s A350 this summer (between March 29 and October 25):
- Bamako and Abidjan (one flight daily)
- Bangkok (three flights per week)
- Atlanta (one flight daily)
- Boston (one flight daily until May 4, then two flights daily)
- Washington: one flight daily from June 5