Air France-KLM sees delivery of first A320neo for Transavia France

A Transavia France A320neo parked on the tarmac.
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Air France-KLM has celebrated the arrival of their first Airbus A320neo aircraft at Transavia France.

The aircraft, bearing the registration number F-GNEO, is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines and fitted with 186 seats in a single-class configuration, and will be based at Paris-Orly airport.

Delivery January 10

On December 19, 2023, Transavia Netherlands received its inaugural Airbus A321neo, marking the commencement of Air France-KLM’s transition to the A320neo family.

Fast forward to January 10, 2024, and the group proudly took delivery of the A320neo for Transavia France, equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines and Sharklet wingtip modifications.

The cabin features Airbus’ Airspace XL bins. The larger bins provide 40% more stowage space compared to conventional bins, for a more relaxed boarding.

In addition, USB-C ports are available for passengers at each seat, and the latest lighting system enhances the overall passenger experience.


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Paris-Orly: The New Hub

Designed to be based at Paris-Orly airport, Transavia France’s primary hub, the Airbus A320neo is set to take center stage in the airline’s operations.

Its first commercial flight, scheduled for January 15, 2024, will journey to Porto Airport, Portugal – a nostalgic nod to Transavia France’s inaugural destination when it launched in 2007.

Beyond its maiden voyage, the A320neo is poised to become a linchpin in Transavia France’s extensive network, spanning over 200 routes and connecting to 120 destinations.

This strategic move aligns with the airline’s overarching goal of solidifying its position as a leading low-cost carrier departing from Paris area airports.

Air France-KLM’s Fleet Renewal

Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM, emphasized the milestone, stating, “The delivery of this first Airbus A320neo is a key step in the history of Transavia France.”

“It marks the transition to an all-Airbus fleet, embodying our commitment to developing the operations of our low-cost brand.”

With ambitions to strengthen Transavia France’s foothold as the top low-cost carrier in Paris, Air France-KLM’s strategy hinges on fleet expansion.

The decision to integrate quieter, less polluting, and fuel-efficient A320neo aircraft underscores their dedication to “making low cost feel good.”

Fleet Dynamics

This delivery is part of a larger order placed in 2021, covering 100 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, with options for an additional 60.

This strategic move aims to rejuvenate KLM and Transavia Netherlands’ fleets while simultaneously fostering the growth of Transavia France’s fleet.

The A320neo Advantage

Benefiting from the latest technological advancements, the A320neo family brings unparalleled performance to the table.

A 50% noise reduction, coupled with a 15% decrease in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, sets a new benchmark in aviation sustainability.

Cost-Efficiency in Focus

Beyond environmental benefits, the A320neo family promises more than a 10% reduction in unit costs, positioning it as a formidable player in cost-efficient aviation.

This dual focus on eco-friendliness and economic viability aligns seamlessly with Air France-KLM’s overarching strategy.

Acknowledging the aviation industry’s responsibility towards environmental stewardship, Air France-KLM leverages fleet renewal as a primary lever to reduce CO2 and noise emissions.

This, alongside sustainable aviation fuel utilization and operational measures like eco-piloting, forms the cornerstone of their decarbonization trajectory.

Air France-KLM’s commitment to sustainability is evident in their achievements – a 40% reduction in noise footprint since the 2000s. Looking ahead, the group aspires to achieve a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2030, compared to 2019 levels.

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