Boeing and Air France are celebrating the delivery of the 200th aircraft, cementing the long-standing relationship between the pair.
The Boeing Jetliner 777-300ER was delivered earlier this week to the Paris-based carrier.
“The 777 is the backbone of our long-haul fleet,” said Bruno Matheu, chief commercial officer of Air France.
“This new aircraft will support Air France’s projected growth on long-haul destinations and confirm the Air France-KLM Group’s European leadership position on the international network.
“With this latest delivery, Air France continues to upgrade its fleet, one of the youngest in Europe, and launches its new business class seat.”
Air France’s new 777-300ER has 383 seats including 42 business class lie-flat seat beds measuring over 2 metres in length, plus an in-seat entertainment system with 15-inch (38 cm) wide screens in 16:9 format.
Air France is a member of Sky Team, and will operate this 777-300ER between Paris and Montreal.
In January 2011, it will be operated on the new direct route between Paris and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The first Boeing jet, a 707, was delivered to Air France in 1959.
The airline also has operated 727s, 737s and 767s and ordered its first 747s in 1966.
Air France first ordered 777-200ERs in 1996 and was a launch customer for the 777-300ER in 2000 and for the 777 Freighter in 2005.
“The delivery of this 777-300ER, our 200th airplane delivered to Air France, is a tribute to the 777 and the long-term relationship between Air France and Boeing,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales & marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“The 777 offers an unbeatable combination of economics and passenger comfort that will continue to give Air France a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”
Also in the Europe today, World Mobi launched its new city guide to Paris.
World Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the World Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.
Paris.Mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.
Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.
Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.
World.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.