With the arrival of next-generation aircraft this summer, including the A350-900 and -1000 series, as well as the A321neo later in the season, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport is preparing for more responsible and longer-range air transport.
First A350 service on 1 August
Since 1 August, Qatar Airways has operated an Airbus A350-1000 on one of its three daily services between its base at Doha-Hamad International and Paris-CDG. The aircraft, offering the greatest capacity of the A350 XWB (extra wide body) family, is configured to accommodate up to 46 passengers in Business Class QSuite and 281 in Economy.
“As the global launch customer for this aircraft, we’re committed to being the world’s leading airline in terms of operating the most technologically advanced fleet of aircraft. We’re working non-stop to continue introducing new technology and finding new ways of offering our passengers the very best flying experience. We can’t wait to welcome French and international travellers on board this magnificent aircraft.”
Sylvain Bosc, Senior Vice-President for Europe at Qatar Airways
1 August was also the date chosen by Air China to operate another variant of the A350, in this case the -900 series, for the first time between Beijing and Paris. The aircraft is capable of accommodating up to 32 passengers in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy and 256 in Economy.
The A321neo, expanding horizons in passenger experience
In May, Air Transat received the first of the 15 new A321neoLR aircraft expected to be gradually introduced to its fleet, which will be entirely made up of Airbus aircraft by 2022. The aircraft will stopover in Paris from 25 September 2019 as part of the introduction of latest-generation single-aisle aircraft on the airline’s routes between Paris and Canada.
From that date, passengers travelling with the Canadian airline will discover a fully redesigned cabin configured to accommodate up to 12 passengers in Business Class and 187 in Economy (compared to 8 + 182 in their current A321s).
Finally, easyJet is expected to fly one of its new 235-seat Airbus A321neo aircraft between London and Paris from next winter (29 February 2020) as part of the U28322/8323 rotation.