Air France Eyes Boeing 737 MAX If Airbus A220 Stretch Doesn’t Happen
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Air France is sitting on a large order of Airbus A220-300s to replace its A318s and A319s.
However, the jury is still out on what aircraft will replace its larger narrowbodies, the A320 and A321. Speaking at a conference today, CEO Ben Smith said that an A220 stretch would be ideal, but that if it was not forthcoming, the company might even consider the 737 MAX.
A220 to replace smaller Airbus narrowbodies
It's been almost 18 months since Air France revealed a huge order for the Airbus A220. Speaking at today's Routes Reconnected conference, CEO of Air France-KLM Ben Smith spoke about the strategy for the incoming A220s.
"The plan today is that Air France has 114 narrowbody aircraft all in the A320 family … We've got the entire range of the Airbus narrowbody fleet. We have placed orders for 60 [A220s], so that's about half of the narrowbody fleet. And we'll make a decision on which type's going to...
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