The new Airbus A350-900 will first be operated on destinations such as Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France, before being specifically operated for Cayenne (French Guyana).
Air Caraïbes announced it just received its “third star”. On Thursday, July 25, the airline took delivery of a third Airbus A350-900, a little time before receiving its first A350-1000, scheduled for December 2019.
Same as for the first two aircraft of the type delivered in 2017, the Airbus A350-900, registered as F-HTRE, has a 389 passengers capacity with a tri-class configuration. The business class “Madras” is composed of 18 seats convertible in full flat beds, designed by Stelia Aerospace. The premium economy class has 45 seats designed by Recaro. For its part, the economy class has 326 seats designed by Zodiac.
With this new Airbus A350-900, Air Caraïbes will be the first airline to operate this aircraft toward Guyana as of July 29, 2019. It will also launch a sixth weekly frequency toward Cayenne in December 2019. Air Caraïbes will also be the only airline to serve Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) with an A350-900 as of September 14, 2019 and Saint Domingo since December 15, 2019. Besides, the transatlantic route Paris / Port-au-Prince (Haïti) celebrates this year, on December 15, its ten-year service operated with Airbus A350-900s.
The arrival of this third A350-900 completes Air Caraïbes’s fleet already composed of 8 aircraft: four A330-300, two A330-200 and two A350-900. Air Caraïbes will also be the French launch customer of the A350-1000 and it will receive the aircraft in December 2019. This lengthened version of A350-900 will have a 429 passengers capacity, 40 more than its little brother and it will be used at the heart of the Antilles network. Note that Air Caraïbes will take delivery of a third new ATR 72-600 at the end of the year for regional service.