The first Airbus A220 to be painted in Air France colours has emerged from the airframer’s facility in Mirabel, Canada. 

Air France expects to receive its first of 60 A220-300s at the end of September, as it replaces the A318 and A319 jets in its fleet.

The SkyTeam carrier’s A220s will accommodate 148 passengers in a 3-2 seating configuration.

Air France-KLM signed for up to 120 Airbus A220-300s – including 60 options – as part of a fleet-renewal plan disclosed in July 2019.

In placing the order, it cited the Pratt & Whitney PW1500G-powered A220’s future contribution to the group’s sustainability efforts, thanks to its reduced fuel consumption and quieter engines.