Air France-KLM announces giant order for 100 aircraft from Airbus

This firm order is accompanied by acquisition rights for 24 additional devices , to renew the KLM and Transavia Netherlands fleets, and to renew and grow the Transavia France fleet.

Air France-KLM announced on Thursday a firm order for 100 Airbus A 220 neo to equip fleets with KLM and Transavia, another major setback for Boeing, which has so far equipped these companies with single-aisle

This giant order, with acquisition rights for 60 additional aircraft and a letter of intent for four long-haul A 350 F Cargo, intervenes less than 24 hours after Airbus delighted its American rival the medium-haul market of Qantas (Australia), another huge contract.

For Air France-KLM, the decision of such an acquisition, for a theo amount risk of over billions of dollars at the list price – never applied – of Airbus for family A 320 neo, reflects “the group’s ambition to improve its economic and environmental performance through the use of latest generation devices”.

In addition, “the Group has also demonstrated its ability to generate synergies in the area of ​​purchasing”, noted the Franco-Dutch company in a press release: in short, to rationalize its fleet , which is also a guarantee of savings in terms of operation.

Very proud of this decision

In fact, until now, Air France only operated medium-haul Airbus (A 220 and A 220), while the Dutch company KLM and Transavia, the group’s “low-cost”, used Boeing 737 called “NG”, the generation preceding 737 MAX, the big loser of Thursday’s announcement.

“This order relates to Airbus A 220 neo and Airbus A 320 neo. The first deliveries are expected during the second half of the year 2023 “, Air France-KLM added. From the same source, “these aircraft will provide medium-haul connections in Europe, in particular from Amsterdam-Schiphol, hub of KLM and main base of Transavia Netherlands, and Paris-Orly, main base of Transavia France “.

” We are very proud of this decision and to be part of the future of these emblematic airlines that are Air France, KLM and Transavia “, declared for his part the commercial director of Airbus, Christian Scherer, quoted in a press release from the European aircraft manufacturer.