Air France and KLM aligned their long-haul fleets
The two companies of the Franco-Dutch group will exchange their remaining orders of Boeing 787 and Airbus A350.
The airlines Air France and KLM will perform a little sleight of hand to align their respective long-haul fleets. The Franco-Dutch group has just announced the two companies will exchange their remaining orders of Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. So, during the period 2021-2023, the six remaining Boeing 787s ordered by Air France will be transferred to KLM while the seven A350-900s currently ordered by KLM will be transferred to Air France.
As of now, Air France has a fleet of 9 Boeing 787-9s and will receive an additional one in May 2020. The airline will receive its first A350 in September 2019. Twenty more aircraft of the same model are already firm ordered and the seven Airbus A350-900s originally for KLM will join them to make a total of twenty-eight A350s.
KLM is currently using 13 Boeing 787-9s and will soon receive its first Boeing 787-10. This fleet will increase to reach a total of twenty-one Boeing 787s by the end of 2020, to which will be added the six Boeing 787s originally for Air France, consequently amounting to a total of twenty-seven aircraft.