Air France 787-9 Boeing Dreamliner photos: First Air France Dreamliner takes off

Air France has added a touch of French style to the Boeing 787, becoming the latest airline to start flying the cutting-edge Dreamliner.

The airline's new 787-9 features three classes, with 30 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats and 225 economy seats for a total of 276 passengers.

After several testing flights on commercial routes, the airline launched the Dreamliner on its first regular service, Paris to Cairo, on January 9.

The aircraft features on-board Wi-Fi with prices ranging from €5 ($7) to €30 ($42) depending on the data allowance.

The Air France-KLM Group has ordered a total of 18 787-9s and seven 787-10s, with an additional 12 787-9s through leasing firm AerCap, who this first aircraft has also been leased through.

The Dreamliner is a next-generation aircraft, the first airliner to be made of carbon fibre rather than aluminium. The lightweight plane has been a hit with airlines due to its reduced fuel requirements. For passengers, the plane offers larger windows and cabin air that is more humid and closer in pressure to ground level, which reduces the effects of jet lag, according to Boeing.

Late last month Boeing delivered its 500th Dreamliner to Colombian airline Avianca. There are now 49 airlines operating Dreamliners around the world on more than 530 routes. The 787 first took off with Japanese carrier ANA in 2011.

Qantas will take delivery of its first Dreamliner later this year, with Melbourne to Los Angeles the first route for the plane. The Australian airline has also announced it will use the long-haul plane to fly direct from Perth to London, the first time a non-stop flight between Australia and Britain has been attempted commercially (a Qantas 747 flew non-stop from London to Sydney in 1989, with no passengers on board, to prove it could be done).

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