Starting in summer 2014, Air France will progressively equip all its aircraft in the Airbus A320* family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) with noise reduction kits.

This new equipment will lower by up to 8 decibels the noise generated by these aircraft during the descent and aircraft approach phases, starting from 40km and up to 12km from the runway.

The upgrades to all the aircraft will begin in June 2014 and should be completed before end-2015.

"Noise is one of the priority stakes in our environmental policy. With this new investment, Air France illustrates its determination to pursue the improvements made in this area and meet the high expectations of local residents living in the vicinity of airports, in France and abroad" stated Bertrand Lebel, Executive Vice President Organization and Corporate Social Responsibility.

*130 aircraft at end-2013