Air France To Fly Airbus A350 to Cairo

Passengers jetting between Cairo and Paris will soon have one more reason for choosing Air France. The airline is swapping out its A340s for a brand new A350 on the route in December. It’s a win for passengers who fly between the two cities.

Air France to fly Airbus A350 to Cairo
Air France is upgrading its Cairo flights from A340s to an A350. Photo : Oliver Cabaret via Flickr

The first A350 service to Cairo will push back from Charles de Gaulle at 6.10pm on 23rd December 2019, arriving into Cairo International at 11.35pm the same evening.

The return service will depart Cairo at 1.45am on 24th December 2019 and arrive into Charles de Gaulle at 5.40am

The flights will run six days a week. There will be no departure out of Paris on Thursday evenings and no return service from Cairo on Friday mornings.

The schedule is particularly handy for travellers out of Cairo. The early morning arrival into Paris allows for a full day’s work before heading home to Cairo that evening.

News of the aircraft’s deployment onto the Cairo route follows Air France’s announcement of A350 services starting on the Paris – Bamako – Abidjan route in the northern hemisphere autumn.

Seats on the Air France A350

Business class passengers can relax in Zodiac Optima seats in 1-2-1 format. Regular business class passengers on United Airlines who’ve enjoyed their Polaris seat will recognise the Air France A350 seat. Passengers on the red eye CAI-CDG sector should appreciate the chance to get some sleep on the lie flat seats.

Air France to fly Airbus A350 to Cairo
The Zodiac Optima seat that will be seen in Air France’s A350 business class. Photo : Safran Seats

The premium economy cabin will have 24 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration across three rows. It is expected that Air France will use the same well regarded premium economy shell seat it already uses on its other aircraft.  

There was some earlier speculation that this cabin would have new seats from Recaro but that now seems unlikely. Premium economy passengers can expect seats with decent leg room, excellent recline, as well as leg, foot, and head rests. Most importantly for a night time flight –  peace and quiet.

Air France to fly Airbus A350 to Cairo
The current Air France premium economy seat you can expected to see on the A350. Photo : Air France

The economy cabin will have 266 seats in a laid out in a 3-3-3 configuration. The economy seat is expected to be the same seat you now see on Air France’s A330s. The A330 economy product is solid. It features a 30cm touchscreen IFE, 79cm legroom, USB ports, a seat made of ergonomic foam with a 118 degree recline, and 44cm of space between the armrests.

As always, the trick on these night time economy flights is to get an empty seat next to you and wised up travellers always advise to opt for an aisle seat in the middle block of seats. That very middle seat is always the last to be filled.  

Avoiding the terminal crowds

Business class passengers and SkyTeam Elite Plus members have access to the Air France lounge before their departure in Paris, located on the left after passport control in terminal 2E. The lounge has all the usual amenities you’d expect. An added bonus are the free Clarins spa treatments.

Air France to fly Airbus A350 to Cairo
Business class and Skyteam Elite Plus members can relax in the Air France lounge in Paris. Photo : Citizen59 via Wikimedia

Business class passengers and Skyteam Elite Plus members departing from Cairo on AF567 have access to the Skyteam Alfursan Lounge which is operated by Saudi Airlines and can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Passengers who hold the handy Priority Pass can access the YotelAir Paris lounge in terminal 2E prior to their Paris departure and the CAI First Class lounge when departing Cairo.