Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 58 Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 785 times:
I believe they have every intention of operating both the 777 and A340. They have recently acquired several new A340-300E aircraft (replacing the handful of -200 in the fleet) and also have (or will?) upgrade their original -300s to higher gross weight standards. The 777-200, and, of course, the -300 carry more pax than the A340s; the 777s are replacing AF's mismatched fleet of 747-100/200/300, some of which came from UTA, and are in a myriad of different seating configurations. AF's long haul/wide-body fleet in the future will probably be A330-200,A340-300,777-200/300, and a limited number of 747-400 aircraft, with the older 747s, A300s, A310s, B767s all being disposed of.
DeltaAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1094 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 778 times:
The A-340s were forced on AF before the airline became private and was owned by the government. They serve their purpose, but thats about it. The 777 is greatly prefered by pilots and flight attendants. I am sure AF Cabin Crew can elaborate on this.
AFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 27 Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 782 times:
So far, there are no plans for a 777-200LR purchase.
The A340-300 fleet will be kept to the current levels, while the 777 fleet should grow, as Mr. Spinetta, Air France's CEO said.
The reason why there are different configurations between the 747-200s is because they operate some of the on the French West Indies (with a higher density configuration) and some on the 'main' long-haul network.
The 747-400s will soon all have the same all-pax layout, 747-300s are all high-density configured, and... There aren't any 747-100 left in the fleet! )
Here is what Air France fleet will look like
The retired fleets:
737-300 (on the long term)
737-500 (on the long term)
747-300 (on the long term)