Airline Industry Review

Air France – KLM orders both A350 and 787

Air France and KLM today announced their plan to purchase both Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft for its future fleet expansion and renewal. The deal, approved yesterday by Air France KLM Board of Directors, is yet to be finalized by the manufacturers. The order will consist of 50 firm orders and 60 options.

KLM will be taking delivery of the group’s first 787-9 in 2016, while Air France plans to take delivery of its first A350-900 in 2018. Each carrier will operate both of the types ┬álater. Through 2024, the carriers expect to operate 43 Airbus A350-900s and 30 787-9s.

The airlines plan to replace the aircraft with 200-350 seats in fleet at present with the new types. For Air France this would mean the replacement of Airbus A330-200, Airbus A340-300 and Boeing 777-200/ER while for KLM, the Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300 and the Boeing 777-200ER will be replaced.

An engine selection for the Boeing 787 was not announced, while the Airbus A350 will be powered by Rolls Royce Trent XWBs, the sole engine type offered for the model. This is the first joint order placed by the merged Air France-KLM group.

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