Air France-KLM Group has placed an order for 10 additional Airbus A350-900s.
The original order was placed in the summer of 2013 and with this new order announced, the total order now lies at 38 aircraft.
“Offering a 25% reduction in fuel consumption compared to previous-generation aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 is a jewel of European expertise and a passenger favorite. We are excited to see it become a core asset of the Air France fleet.”said Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM Group
Air France received their first A350 in September and began passenger flights in October. This additional order indicates that the airline is satisfied with the performance of the aircraft.
“Rationalising and modernising the fleet is central to our effort to regain our leading position in Europe. It will strengthen our performance from both an economic and operational standpoint, and will help us deliver on our ambitious sustainability agenda”, said Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM Group.
“Ben is leading an impressive transformation at Air France-KLM and we feel honoured that our A350 XWB aircraft have been selected as part of this endeavor. We sincerely thank Air France-KLM for the confidence placed in us.”said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer.
This order also allows Air France to replace their four A340s remaining in their fleet by 2021, and also the ten A380s that they currently have.
Air France has configured their A350 with 324 seats, including 34 in Business Class, 24 in Premium Economy, and 266 in Economy. The current routes operated by the A350 are Cairo, Seoul Incheon and Toronto Pearson.
Air France-KLM currently operates a fleet of 159 Airbus aircraft.
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