Air France-KLM splits new long-range jet order between Europe and US

Air France-KLM splits new long-range jet order between Europe and US

European aviation giant Air France-KLM has split a $12 billion long-rage jet order between Airbus and Boeing following months of politically fraught negotiations.

Pressure from French politicians had been seen to encourage the carrier to order from Airbus in order to protect jobs in Europe.

However, differences with Airbus over what caused the 2009 mid-Atlantic crash of flight Air France flight 447.

The airline believes pilots have been wrongly blamed.

In total Air France-KLM outlined plans to buy 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 25 Airbus A350s.

The order could rise to a total of 110 next-generation aircraft, the carrier said, including 60 more options.

In a press release, Airbus said it expected to receive 35 of these.

The Dreamliner is finally expected to enter service this year, following nearly three years of delays.

The first plane will be delivered this week.

The move is part of a plan to renew the fleet of Europe’s largest airline and

Air France-KLM said it aimed to operate 73 of the 250-300 seat aircraft by 2024, including 43 Airbus A350-900 and 30 Boeing 787-9 models.

The first Boeing 787-9 will enter service with KLM in 2016, and the first Airbus A350-900 with Air France in 2018.