Air France to Operate Airbus A330s With New Cabins to Delhi and Bengaluru

Jul 6, 2019

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Air France started refurbishing the 15 Airbus A330-200s in its fleet earlier this year. The first refurbished Airbuses started flying in February 2019, and the refurbishment of all the A330-200 aircraft is expected to be completed by 2020. Air France currently deploys the A330-200 on Delhi-Paris and Bengaluru-Paris routes while it operates the A340-300 on Mumbai-Paris route.

Now that Air France has phased out the Joon brand, mainline A340-300 service returned on Mumbai-Paris route from June 27.

From June 18, Air France deployed the refurbished A330-200 on Bengaluru-Paris route. Air France also has deployed the planes with new cabins on Delhi-Paris route from June 28, but with limited frequencies as of now. Air France will gradually increase the frequency of refurbished A330-200 flights to daily.

You will know if you are traveling on an A330-200 with a new cabin if the seat map shows 6 rows of Business class seats as opposed to 7 rows on the old configuration.

Air France Airbus A330’s New Layout. Screenshot from the Air France Website

Earlier the A330-200 had 40 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats and 147 economy class seats. The business class seats were angled flat and not lie-flat.

Business Class in the refurbished Air France Airbus A330. Photo courtesy of Air France.

With the reconfiguration, the A330-200 will now have 36 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats and 167 economy class seats. The business class seats are now lie-flat seats and are in a 2-2-2 configuration. It will have an 18.5″ HD touchscreen.

The Business Class seat in Air France’s A330. Photo courtesy of Air France.

The premium economy seats are in a 2-3-2 configuration and have a 130 degrees seat recline. They have a seat pitch of 40 inches and a seat width of 19 inches. Premium economy seats feature a 13.3″ HD touchscreen and have a personal power outlet in addition to two USB ports.

The New Premium Economy Seat will be available on flights to India this summer. Photo courtesy of Air France
The New Premium Economy Seat will be available on flights to India this summer. Photo courtesy of Air France.

Economy class seats feature 118 degrees recline, 31 inches of seat pitch, and an 11.6″ HD touchscreen. The seats are also equipped with a personal power outlet and a USB plug. Air France refurbished A330-200 also feature WiFi.

Economy Class in Air France's Refurbished A330s. Photo courtesy of Air France.
Economy Class in Air France’s Refurbished A330s. Photo courtesy of Air France.

Air France allows passengers to send and receive messages free of charge on their smartphones or tablets using WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, WeChat and other messaging services. Apart from this, Air France also offers a surf pass for 18 euros ($20 USD) on long haul flights for those who wish to check emails and browse the internet. There is also a stream pass for 30 euros ($34 USD) for a high-speed internet meant for streaming and downloading content.

The touch screens in Economy on the refurbished A330 measures 11.6 inches. Photo courtesy of Air France.
The touch screens in Economy on the refurbished A330 measures 11.6 inches. Photo courtesy of Air France.

In the winter 2019 season, Air France will switch to a 777-200ER on all three routes: Bengaluru-Paris, Delhi-Paris and Mumbai-Paris. For a limited period from Dec. 16 to Dec. 31 and Jan. 6 to Feb. 9, Air France will upgrade the 777-200ER to a 777-300ER on Bengaluru-Paris route.

Will you be traveling on Air France A330 with new cabins?

Featured photo of an Air France Airbus A330-200 Courtesy of Air France

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