Air France - The new features on board the B777-300ER
Friday 7, January 2011
Air France's new version of the Boeing 777-300ER took off for the first time from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and landed at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, the next day at 16.55, after a flight time of 11 hours and 30 mins.
With a seat capacity for 383 passengers, the new aircraft is equipped with three cabins: Business with 42 seats, Premium Voyageur with 24 seats and Voyageur with 317 seats. This Boeing 777-300ER is the first aircraft to be equipped with the new Business class seat.
The new features on board the B777-300ER
Still with its fixed shell preserving customers' privacy, the new Business class seat offers more comfort thanks to various new innovations including:
Specially developed for Air France by Panasonic,the new in-flight entertainment system available in all cabins has a USB socket enabling passengers to download free programmes or read audio, photos and video files on a USB key.
Thanks to an easier to use navigation system, all passengers can enjoy the Video On Demand (VOD) system, with approximately 600 hours of programmes. The use of new technologies enables Air France to offer a better picture quality. In all cabins, wider touch-sensitive screens are now in 16:9 format and have a faster response time.
Air France also offers its customers access to an interactive meal service menu with the option to download recipes and take part in a discussion forum, where they can exchange with other passengers on the flight.
In all cabins, new bars with fridge/freezer display cabinets are available for passengers to help themselves to drinks and ice-creams (Haagen Dasz) depending on the flight duration. A new cabin colour scheme creates a calm, cosy and bright atmosphere, enhancing the overall luminosity and the comfort of passengers.
The B777-300ER is the 200th Boeing aircraft to be delivered to Air France since 1955, when Air France purchased its first Boeing 707. Out of the eleven aircraft on order, Air France will have received four by May 2011.
Non-stop flights to Vietnam
This winter, Air France is operating 5 non-stop weekly flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Paris, with 3 Air France flights by Boeing 777-300ER and 2 flights operated by Vietnam Airlines.
As part of the code-share agreement with Vietnam Airlines, Air France customers will also be able to travel on direct flights from Hanoi to Paris-Charles de Gaulle, five times-weekly.
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