It seems ultra-dense A350s continues to be the order of the day, with French Bee taking delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000.
As for how many seats?
480 in total.
The seating is split by 40 premium class seats (premium economy) and 440 economy class seats in a dense 10-Across configuration. The aircraft are fitted with Airbus’ Airspace cabin, including state-of-the-art, in-flight passenger entertainment and full Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the cabin.
This is the first of two aircraft Airbus A350-1000 that French Bee is taking delivery of. The airline plans to operate on the route from Paris to Saint-Denis de La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. For French Bee, it offers flexibility, as the A350-1000 is capable of allowing the airline to fly long-haul destinations up to 16,000 km (8,700nm).
These Airbus A350-1000 aircraft will join the four A350-900 already in the French bee fleet.
They are being leased from Air Lease Corporation, continuing its run as an all-A350 operator.
Simultaneously, the Dubreuil group (owners of French Bee)also takes delivery of another A350-1000 on lease from Air Lease Corporation intended for Air Caraïbes, bringing the number of Airbus aircraft in the group’s fleet to 15.
Let’s not beat about the bush – this is a very densely laid out Airbus A350-1000 – but its aim is to get passengers from A to B at a lower cost base (and in theory, lower fares).
French Bee’s high capacity A350s seem to have survived so far (with 35 premium seats and 376 – 411 in total). The new A350-1000 will add an extra 5 premium seats and 64 economy seats to the already dense A350-900.
That’s still a lot of seats to fill – no matter how tight the configuration.
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