The first Airbus A350-900 in the Air France-KLM Group landed yesterday (Wed) at Ben Gurion Airport. The newest and most advanced aircraft in the company fleet received the water salute – a time-honored tradition of spraying water cannons on the plane.
The Air France-KLM Group resumed a daily flight on the Tel Aviv-Paris route as of yesterday, June 2, with the newest addition to its fleet. During the height of summer, the company plans to increase the frequency to two daily flights, using both the wide-body Airbus A350-900 and the Airbus A330.
According to Alon Netah, Sales Director of Air France-KLM in Israel, “The purchase of wide-body Airbus planes for the company to use them on the Tel Aviv-Paris route has been the airline’s top priority in recent years, as we felt the need to upgrade the flight experience to Israel. This decision emphasizes the company’s belief in the Israeli market, as well as our commitment to provide our customers with the best flight experience.”
Netah further emphasized, “Expanding the aircraft fleet will allow passengers on transit flights through Paris Charles de Gaulle to enjoy an upgraded service throughout their journey, with fast connections to other key destinations of Air France all over the world.”
Among other things, the new A350-900 offers its passengers a 30% increase in personal space in the Business, Premium Economy, and Economy classes. The aircraft is equipped with larger windows and a state-of-the-art air pressure system that renews the air regularly and provides a more comfortable atmosphere in the cabin, as well as adjustable lighting intensity. Moreover, the Airbus A350-900 saves 25% on fuel consumption and offers 40% of noise reduction. And if that’s not impressive enough, passengers on board the plane will enjoy a built-in Wi-Fi service throughout the cabin.