20-Jun-2013 9:34 AM

Air France-KLM finalises firm contract for 25 A350-900 aircraft

Air France-KLM Group finalised (19-Jun-2013) a firm contract for 25 A350-900 aircraft and for a further 25 options. The airline said the aircraft will be an essential part of the Group's future fleet strategy. Air France-KLM Group chairman and CEO, as of 01-Jul-2013, Alexandre de Juniac said, "This order of new-generation, high performance aircraft reflects the importance of our investments for the benefit of our customers, whose comfort is at the heart of our concerns. With the A350, Air France-KLM will continue to operate one of the most modern fleets in the world, and ensure the growth of its long-haul activity, while achieving significant cost savings." Air France-KLM also signed a MOU with Rolls-Royce for Trent XWB engines to power the 25 aircraft on order, in an agreement worth USD1.1 billion at current list prices. Air France-KLM Group currently operates over 190 Airbus aircraft. [more - original PR] [more - original PR II]