This Friday, Air France welcomed the Boeing 787-9, also known as Dreamliner, to its family at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris. “It is a great honor and privilege for Air France to receive its first Boeing 787, the ninth of the Air France-KLM group. The Boeing 787 marks a new step for our fleet’s modernization, which aims to offer our clients better Air France products.”
Air France is the proud owner of a 787-9, which has a wingspan of 60.17m, a length of 62.8m and a capacity for 276 people in a three-class configuration with 30 Business cabins, 21 Premium Economy and 225 Economy seats. The Boeing 787 is remarkable for its construction, which incorporates a primary structure made of 50 percent composites of carbon, aluminum and titanium. The Dreamliner is also known for its low fuel usage, as it is the most efficient aircraft among Boeing’s current fleet. Its raked wingtips, laminar flow nacelles and low-drag empennage contribute to lower fuel usage which is 20-25 percent below that of the model it means to replace, the 767. It also leaves a 60 percent smaller noise footprint than other aircraft of the same size.
Air France’s Dreamliner will perform its first commercial flight from Paris to Cairo in January 9, 2017, and the airline will receive a second 787 in April 2017.
Sources: Air France and Boeing.