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Airbus beats Boeing to Air France-KLM order

Airbus A320neo

Airbus A320neo

In a major blow to Boeing, Air France-KLM has placed an order for 100 narrowbody aircraft with rival Airbus.

The order for Airbus A320neo and A321neo is part of the fleet replacement plan for medium-haul aircraft at KLM and Transavia, both traditionally Boeing airlines.

Air France also has the rights to purchase 4 Airbus A350F freighters as part of the deal and 60 additional narrowbody aircraft.

This deal caps a week of wins for Airbus with Singapore Airlines (a350F) and Australian carrier Qantas (A320neo and A220) both choosing Airbus over Boeing.

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International said: “We are honoured with Air France-KLM Group’s foresight, after an in-depth evaluation, to acquire the latest generation Airbus A320neo Family aircraft and A350F to modernise its European medium, short-haul, and cargo fleets.

This milestone decision shows again that an aircraft’s value lies primarily in performance, reliability, fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions, all criteria in which the Airbus product line excels. We are very proud to be awarded this decision and to be part of the future of these iconic airlines, Air France, KLM and Transavia.”

The deal is great news for UK industry with many of the components for Airbus aircraft made in the UK including the wings at Airbus’ site at Broughton, North Wales. Initial deliveries to Air France-KLM are expected to commence in 2023.

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