The Air France–KLM Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 60 A220-300 aircraft to modernise its fleet.
These A220s are set to be operated by Air France and will be used to boost efficiency on the carrier’s short and medium-haul routes.
Air France has also announced the retirement of the 10 A380s from its fleet by 2022, and study of the replacement of A380s by new generation aircraft.
“The acquisition of these brand new A220-300s aligns perfectly with Air France–KLM’s overall fleet modernization and harmonization strategy,” said chief executive officer Benjamin Smith.
He added: “This aircraft demonstrates optimum operational and economic efficiency and enables us to further improve our environment footprint thanks to the A220’s low fuel consumption and reduced emissions.
“It is also perfectly adapted to our domestic and European network and will enable Air France to operate more efficiently on its short and medium-haul routes.”
The A220 is purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market and Airbus said it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft.
Air France currently operates a fleet of 144 Airbus aircraft.