Code: TX / FWI
Base: Paris Orly (ORY)
long-haul A330-200, A330-300, A350-900
medium-haul & short-haul ATR 72-500
A350s in fleet: 2 (F-HHAV, F-HNET)
1st A350 delivery: 28/02/2017
In december 2013, Air Caraïbes signed a contract with Airbus to buy 3 A350-1000 and to lease 2 A350-900 from AerCap. TX's mother company Groupe Dubreuil ordered another A350-900 for the french carrier. The A350-900 should replace some of the current long-haul fleet. The A350 will replace the A330 on routes to Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France, Cayenne, Sint-Maarten, etc. Air Caraïbes is the only airline (as of today) that chose to fit 10 seats per row in economy class to maximise revenue. Even though this will be a 389-seat aircraft, the comfort will improve compared to the airline's A330. The aircraft will enter service on the route Paris Orly - Pointe-à-Pitre on the 1st of March 2017.
We think that Air Caraïbes will benefit from the A350's versatility and fuel-efficiency and will continue to grow in the Caribbean region. New flights to the U.S. and Europe could be inaugurated with this new aircraft type. All in all, the A350 will open a new chapter in the airline's history.
MSN 82, F-HHAV in Paris | © Valentin YVON