Air France has taken delivery of its 60th Boeing 777 passenger jet, the aircraft – a Boeing 777-300ER – landing at Paris Charles de Gaulle on the morning of April 4.
The carrier’s newest Boeing 777-300ER seats 468 passengers in a three-class configuration. The aircraft’s new cabin design includes 14 business class lie-flat seat beds, each measuring over 78.74 inches (2 meters) in length and featuring an in-seat entertainment system with 15-inch (38-centimeter) wide screens in 16:9 screen format.
Air France’s latest 777-300ER also features 32 new “Alize” premium economy fixed-shell seats offering 40 per cent additional space compared with seats in economy class.
A member of the SkyTeam alliance and the largest carrier in the Air France-KLM Group, Air France will operate this 777-300ER between Paris and the French Overseas Departments in the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean regions. Its planned destinations include Fort de France, Pointe à Pitre and St-Denis de la Réunion.
Last year was the best year on record for Boeing 777 sales with orders for 200 aircraft from 24 customers, topping the previous record of 154 aircraft set in 2005.
Production is at an all-time high for the 777 program and a 20 per cent rate increase begins this fall, the final-assembly rate growing from seven to 8.3 aircraft per month. The program will begin building 100 Boeing 777s per year beginning in 2013.
To date, Boeing has recorded orders for 1,367 777s from 64 customers around the globe.