Air France took delivery of its 200th Boeing aircraft on Wednesday December 8th, 2010 at Everett, Washington. The new aircraft, Boeing 777-300 ER is joining a fleet that has already operated several Boeing jetliner model beginning with the 707 back in 1959. Throughout its very successful relationship with Boeing Air France continuously committed to Boeing for operating the most significant portion of its long haul service. The 707 was followed by the adoption of the Boeing 747-100 in 1970 and followed on to the -200, -300 and -400 series (with 12 still operational), along with Boeing models 727, 737 and 767. This latest delivery of a 777 complements an already significant number of Boeing 777 aircraft operating for the airline with a current total of 61 (with 11 additional deliveries to 2015).
The new plane introduces new business class service.
In line with Air France-KLM new re-branding effort initiated earlier this year, this latest addition to the Air France fleet inaugurates new business class service in its long haul 777 proposition. The new business class product sports a lie-flat seat with 15 inch In Flight Entertainment System screen. This new business class product is configured to accommodate 42 passengers out of the 383 available seats. The airline will deploy the new aircraft for service in Montreal (CANADA) starting January 15th 2011, and also is making plans to introduce it on the Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam) service later that year.
On April 10th the airline made history by inaugurating its new fleet livery. Marking the occasion was the delivery of the 777th Boeing 777 at Everett, Washington. The Boeing 777 has been the backbone of Air France long haul fleet. The airline had already been the launch customer for the 777-300 ER in 2000 and the 777 Freighter model in 2005. Taking the delivery of the 777th Boeing 777 out of the assembly line , Air France chose to introduce a new more sober theme for its new livery as part of its new corporate brand identity.
The 777 program continues strongly as the twin-engine long haul aircraft dominates long range travel. Total orders for the program has passed the bar of 1,100 aircraft and the recent introduction of a freighter model promises tremendous gains for operators in operational efficiency.