16 December 2013
Air Caraibes will buy 3 A350-1000 and lease another 3 A350-900.
French airline Air Caraibes announced plans for a $1,5 billion order for 3 A350-1000 aircraft and lease of further 3 smaller A350-900 in the largest order in it´s 10-year history.
High density lay-out.
The A350-900 will have a 380 seats configuration and the A350-1000 a 440 seat configuration, with 30% of seats more than its current A330, "finding a competitive advantage." The A350 has an exit limit of 440 passengers with the standard 4-door (per side) configuration.
The airline is renewing the entire long-haul fleet between 2016 and 2020. Air Caraibes will be the first French company with a A350-900 starting from December/2016, as Air France´s first aircraft, from an order of 25, will be delivered 2 years later in 2018.
Air Caraibes appears only in the 9th rank of French companies, with 1.2 million passengers, but it has become the most profitable of French airlines, increasing in 10 years its turnover by 8 and its workforce by 4.
Based on the article “Air Caraïbes s'offre l'A350 pour ses dix ans de transatlantique” published in Les Echos.