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Air France-KLM Signs Order for 60 Airbus A220-300 Aircraft

: Dec 20, 2019 - : 1:49 am

Air France-KLM Group has confirmed its order for 60 Airbus A220-300s. The aircraft will all be operated by Air France and will replace its fleet of single-aisle A318 and A319. That is on top of a firm order for 10 additional wide-body A350XWBs that the Franco-Dutch airline group placed earlier in December.

“We are glad to see that Air France is endorsing the A220 as a great step towards fleet optimisation for large network carriers,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer. “The largest Airbus A220 order from a European carrier to date speaks volumes on Air France’s ambitious sustainability drive.”

A memorandum of understanding was signed in late July 2019, for 60 Airbus A220-300s, with an option for 30 and an additional 30 purchase commitments, for a total estimated at $7.2 billion.

The acquisition of the A220, which is the only aircraft specifically designed for the 100-150 seat market segment, is part of Air France-KLM fleet renewal and consolidation initiated by the recently appointed CEO Benjamin Smith. According to  Smith, the aircraft is perfectly adapted to the  operator’s domestic and European network and would enable it to operate more efficiently on its short and medium-haul routes.

Earlier in the month, on December 11, 2019, Air France-KLM announced it placed a firm order for 10 additional wide-body A350-900s, which will take its total order for the type to 38 aircraft.


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