The Air France KLM Board has approved an order for 110 long-haul Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft. Fifty orders are firm and 60 are options. This first joint long-haul order by Air France and KLM will be replacing in the medium term the aircraft with 200 to 350 seats currently present in the fleet and support the group’s growing operations.
The acquisitions are scaled to a size that can be financed through cash flow generated from group operations. This means the company will fly 73 next generation aircraft through 2024 — 43 Airbus A350-900 and 30 Boeing 787-9. The first aircraft Boeing 787-9 order will enter into service with KLM in 2016 and the first Airbus A350-900 with Air France in 2018. Later, both airlines will operate both types of aircraft.
The selection of engines for the Boeing 787-9 will be made later. The Airbus A350-900 will be equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the only engine provided for this aircraft by the manufacturer. These new aircraft will reduce fuel consumption by over 15 percent and will give rise to a significant reduction in noise and gas emissions. For more information, visit www.airfrance.com or www.klm.us.
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