Fleet expansion

Beginning in May, Air France plans to introduce Boeing 787-9s for daily service between Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Kansai International Airport.

In December 2016, Air France received its first delivery of the Boeing 787-9, which are currently being used on five routes from Paris to Montreal, Cairo, London, Lyon and Africa.

It is scheduled to receive two more aircraft next summer, after which its long-haul routes will change to the following seven destinations from Paris: Abidjan via Bamako, Bogota, Nairobi, Montreal, Guangzhou and Osaka.

The new Boeing aircraft consume less fuel and emit approximately 20 percent less carbon dioxide than aircraft from the previous generation. Noise emissions are also 20 percent lower.

The windows are 30 percent larger than on similar aircraft and the lighting system adapts to the different stages of the flight for greater comfort and tranquility. It has 276 seats, including 30 in business, 21 in premium economy and 225 in economy.

Award-winning design

Lufthansa held a ceremony at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Dec. 2 to celebrate the first Airbus 350-900 flight from Haneda to Munich.

The ceremony was attended by Takeshi Imagome, Tokyo International Airport administrator of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism, and representatives from Lufthansa.

The economy class was conceived by the design bureau PearsonLloyd, with the seat upholstery and wider space design based on ergonomics. It won the German Design Award 2018 in the category Excellent Product Design. The aircraft is the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly long-haul design. It uses 25 percent less kerosene, produces 25 percent fewer emissions and is significantly quieter than other comparable aircraft models at takeoff.

“Lufthansa is the first European airline company to launch A350-900 from Haneda. The introduction of our cutting edge fleet, including A350-900, indicates our commitment to the environment,” said Donald Bunkenburg, general manager of Lufthansa Japan and Korea.

In-flight Wi-Fi

The Cathay Pacific Group will introduce high-speed Wi-Fi to its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleets from mid-2018, in response to its customers’ growing demand for in-flight connectivity. This follows the successful introduction of broadband services to its Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Paul Loo said, “We envisage that by 2020, all of our wide-body aircraft will have in-flight connectivity capabilities. This will open up a wealth of opportunities for us to provide more innovative experiences for our customers.”

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon will be the first major carriers in Asia to adopt Gogo’s 2Ku satellite-based broadband in-flight connectivity technology. The high-speed service will be installed on the airlines’ Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft.


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