Air France becomes latest airline to join Boeing Dreamliner club

Air France becomes latest airline to join Boeing Dreamliner club

Boeing and AerCap have delivered the first 787 to Air France.

The airplane, a 787-9, signifies the delivery of AerCap’s 50th Dreamliner and will be deployed on Air France’s Paris to Cairo route starting in January.

The airplane is also the 500th 787 produced on Boeing’s production lines.

“It is with great pride and honour that Air France is taking delivery of its first Boeing 787, the ninth for Air France-KLM,” said Jean-Marc Janaillac, chief executive, Air France-KLM.

“Air France’s first e-enabled aircraft, the Dreamliner, marks a new stage in the modernization of our fleet.

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“It will offer customers the best of Air France’s products and services.”

The Air France-KLM Group has ordered a total of 18 787-9s and seven 787-10s, with an additional 12 787-9s leased through AerCap.

The arrival of Air France’s first 787-9 in Paris is part of the carrier’s continued renewal of its long-haul fleet.

“We’re proud that Air France will be flying this milestone airplane, which shows they are an industry leader in customer service and passenger innovation,” said Boeing vice chairman Ray Conner.

“We also congratulate AerCap on its milestone 50th 787 and appreciate their continued confidence in the Dreamliner.”