Take A Look At Air France’s Brand New 777 Cabin

Air France has rolled out a new cabin for its Boeing 777 leisure fleet. However, whilst the premium cabin has seen fantastic improvements, the densification of the economy cabin might make some question their future travel onboard the carrier.

The new business cabin. Photo: Air France

What are the details?

Air France‘s cabin upgrade has been a long time coming. With international competitors like American Airlines, United and British Airways rolling out new cabins to attract lucrative business passengers, for a moment it looked as if Air France would be left behind.

That would not be the case, with Air France making plans to roll out the new cabin to their whole long-haul fleet.

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According to One Mile At A Time, so far Air France has so far rolled out the new cabins to:

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  • Airbus A350 – The new aircraft have new cabins upon delivery. Business-class onboard is in a slightly different configuration of 1-2-1
  • Boeing 787-9 – Same as the A350, with the new cabin being included in the delivery but with their business cabin in a 1-2-1 configuration.
  • Airbus A330-200 – This fleet is being upgraded to the same cabins as the Airbus A350 with a 2-2-2 configuration in business.
  • Boeing 777 – Progressively updated with the new cabins, with the entire revamp still ongoing at this time.
  • Airbus A380 – With Air France’s plans to retire the type, it is unlikely that this aircraft will have any updates at all. The aircraft is due to be completely phased out by 2022. 

It is the Boeing 777s that will be the feature of this story. Whilst some Boeing 777s have been rolled out with the new concept, only recently has Air France revealed the ultra-dense Boeing 777-300ER with the new economy cabin.

What is the new cabin-like onboard the Boeing 777?

We should clarify that Air France actually has two different Boeing 777 configurations.

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  • The first is for their long-haul business routes. These aircraft fly from France to destinations such as America’s, Asia and the Middle East. They include a first-class cabin and have 322 seats.
  • The second is for long-haul leisure destinations such as the Carribean and African island destinations (like the French island of Reunion). It seats 472 seats.

Air France created the latter configuration as a way to combat the rise of French low-cost-carriers. 

It looks something like this:

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You can check out the new Boeing 777 seat map here. Photo: Air France

It has:

  • 14 business-class seats
  • 28 premium economy-seats
  • 430 economy seats.

 

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A close up of the Business class on board the 777. Photo: Air France

Business-class has passengers in a 1-2-1 slightly overlapping format.

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The new business cabin onboard will be the same as their Airbus A330 (pictured). Photo: Air France

“Completely redesigned, the seat converts into a lie-flat bed that is 2m long and 57.1 cm wide for jet lag-free flying across time zones. Whether traveling alone or with a companion, the new seat adapts to every need. Customers can choose to enjoy greater proximity when they’re traveling with someone or total privacy thanks to a sliding panel separating the seats.”

Following these seats is a new premium economy cabin in a 2-4-2 configuration. This is fantastic for coupes (as they can sit together near the fuselage) and families (who can sit together in the middle of the aircraft).

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The new premium economy cabin onboard its Boeing 777. Photo: Air France
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The new premium economy cabin on their A330 for comparison.  Photo: Air France

The newly designed seats have 130 degrees of recline (in a fixed shell) and an extending footstool. There is 102 cm of seat pitch, 40 inches for our North American readers. And a bigger in-seat TV screen (13 inches). The cabin is also separated from economy.

Speaking of which.

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The new dense economy cabin. Photo: Air France

The new economy cabin does leave a little to be desired. The seats are in a 3-4-3 configuration, with only 31 inches of pitch. This will be very tight and is designed to get as many price-conscious passengers on their way to their holiday as possible. The previous cabin design had 32 inches of pitch. The screens are bigger than normal, at 11 inches, which is nice.

What do you think of the denser cabins? Let us know in the comments.

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Jordan

It would have been helpful to mention what the previous Y pitch was, along with what their competitor offers on the routes to holiday destinations in Africa and the West Indies.

Yes the new pitch and config is horrible, but is it worse than the competition?

Quentin

Speaking of competition, here are some details :
On Corsair & Frenchbee flights :
– 29 inches
– 9 seats per row in economy (A330)

On Air Caraïbes flights :
– 30 inches
– 9 seats per row in economy (A330) and 10 in a A350…

Emmanuel

I hope KLM will also follow. Their WBC caning and menu is outdated …

Vince

Air France’s has A350 has 1-2-1 configuration in business class.
There is at least one other conf for 777: the -200 do not feature First class
Some of the -300 do not feature the First class.

High Mile Club

In comparison to other major carriers in Europe like BA, LH, and VS, AF is just bland and dull…

TheDude

The economy class is dreadful. Wouldn’t catch me back there.

Greg

The densification is not a recent development in response to low-cost carriers. AF has run high-density aircraft on these routes for decades. They ran legacy 747-100/200’s with dense economy on the main deck and Alize class in the upper deck in a configuration that you’d now call “premium economy.”

Chrisb

You said Air France has 2 cabin config, i believe this is inaccurate. Currently the B777-300 fleet is split into 3 variants: Best (4 class cabin with la Première) 296 seats, Lignes internationales 381 seats and ultra densified COI cabins mainly for french overseas (Caraïbes Ocean Indien) 472 seats.

The cabins of the B777-200s and the first two groups of the B777-300 have already been refurbished to these standards a few years ago.

I just felt necessary to write it here as your article almost makes one feel that Air france started to refurbish its entire B777 fleet for the first time…

anony

“This is fantastic for coupes”???