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Fully Painted: This is Air France's first Airbus A220

Fully Painted: This is Air France’s first Airbus A220

The French airline has ordered 60 Airbus A220-300s, the first now in Air France colors. Preparations for arrival in September are already underway in Paris.

The Airbus A220 is an important aircraft for Air France. On Monday, July 26, the airline emphasized that the new model is important to achieve the necessary savings in carbon dioxide emissions, especially on domestic routes. On the occasion, the first A220-300 was displayed in the colors of the French airline.

The machine left Airbus’ paint shop in Mirabel, near Montreal. It currently holds both the Canadian test license plate C-FPBQ and the future French license plate F-HZUA. The plane is scheduled to arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in September. Before that, you will complete the tests on the ground and in the air.

Training is already underway

This aircraft is the first of a total of 60 A220-300s ordered by Air France. After arriving in France, the machine will initially be used for crew training for about a month. However, training crews began long ago.

Last September, eight interns trained for eight weeks at Airbus in Montreal. They are currently transferring their knowledge to 28 other pilots who, on the one hand, belong to the A220 start-up team, and on the other hand, they will subsequently train themselves. Training takes place in Paris, currently mainly in the simulator. Once the F-HZUA arrives in France, each member of the cockpit crew will also complete 20 real flights in order to obtain a type classification for the A220-300.

It can accommodate 148 passengers

14 of the first A220 cabin crew representatives trained between September and December 2020 in Zurich. They are currently finalizing training manuals and content for their colleagues, and 37 of them will also be directly involved in training trips from September onwards. After operations begin, they will then take care of up to 148 passengers each, who will find space in an Air France Airbus A220-300.

Here you can see how the first Air France A220-300 is drawn: