The first Airbus A220 aircraft ordered by Air France is coming home in Paris. Air France, the national carrier of France, revealed its latest fleet member, A220, on Wednesday. It is the first of 60 A220-300 aircraft ordered to renew the short and medium-haul fleet. The A220 fleet will gradually replace A318s and A319s plus some A320s on short and medium-haul networks by the middle of the decade.
Air France placed the order for 60 such aircraft in December 2019. Air France’s first Airbus A220 completed a test flight in August and a customer acceptance flight before the delivery process. It had been spotted emerging from Airbus paint shop sporting the Air France’s contemporary colors one month before its maiden flight on July 26.
Today, the airline is welcoming this initial arrival as it represents a major asset. The aircraft will adopt F-HZUA as its French registration number. Demonstrating an unparalleled energy performance, the airliner is on the journey to join Air France’s fleet as the clean-sheet, medium-sized commercial airplane.
A220 arrival at Paris-Charles de Gaulle
The company’s first Airbus A220 featuring winged seahorse, carrier’s historical symbol at the front of the fuselage, will soon get a warm welcome from all the Air France crews. The aircraft conducted a non-stop ferry flight from Montreal to Paris Charles de Gaulle on September 28.