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PICTURES: ​Air France refurbishes A330 cabins

Air France has introduced an upgraded cabin interior on its Airbus A330 fleet.

The airline says the first aircraft with the new interior was deployed on a service to Ghana's capital Accra on 3 February, and that the rest of its A330s will be completed by 2020 as part of a €140 million ($160 million) refurbishment programme.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that Air France has 15 A330-200s. Build years span the range 2001-05.

Under the new cabin layout, the twinjets will be configured with 36 business, 21 premium economy and 167 economy seats.

Air France-KLM's website indicates that the French carrier's A330s were previously fitted with 208 seats.

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The business-class seat has been "completely redesigned" to convert into a lie-flat seat and has been "adapted to the dimensions of the A330", Air France says.

Features include 74cm (18.5in) HD touchscreens, a self-service bar and refurbished lavatories for travellers in business.

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In premium economy, the airline is installing fixed-shell reclining seats with redesigned cushions and armrests, it says.

The economy section has been improved through redesigned armrests, new seat foams, larger tray tables and installation of 29cm HD touchscreens.

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Flight Fleets Analyzer shows the airline previously installed economy seats made by Zodiac Aerospace – now part of Safran Group – while seats in business and premium economy were supplied by Rockwell Collins.

That US manufacturer also supplied the aircraft's IFE system.

During the current winter season, Air France will additionally deploy aircraft with the new interior to Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou and to US city Houston.

Air France says that, during summer, it will start deploying refurbished aircraft to Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Indian cities Delhi and Bengaluru, Cotonou in Benin, Lagos in Nigeria, and Niamey in Niger.

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