announced that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, part of the AIR FRANCE/KLM Group,
has placed an order for additional 737 and 777 aircraft.The airline will
add three Next-Generation 737-700s and two 777-300ERs (Extended Range) to
As part of the agreement, KLM took options on one additional 737 and
two additional 777s. The order, worth approximately $716 million at catalog
prices, was previously posted to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries Web site
and attributed to an unidentified customer.
With the announcement, the airline has six 777-300ERs on direct
order with Boeing and is scheduled to take delivery of its first of this
model in the first quarter of 2008. KLM currently operates a fleet of 15
777-200ERs in a combination of leases and direct purchases.
The airline continues to strengthen its short-haul fleet with the
Next-Generation 737 to improve overall efficiency and reliability and to
strengthen its competitive position in the European market.
“KLM and Boeing enjoy a long-standing and productive partnership
through programs in engineering, maintenance and flight operations.
Together, we work for the most optimal utilization of Boeing products in
KLM’s fleet,” said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales for Europe,
Russia and Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “KLM’s expansion and
renewal program demonstrates their commitment to improving fuel efficiency
and reducing environmental impact, a commitment that Boeing shares.”
Over the life of the 777 program, 53 customers worldwide have placed
more than 1,000 orders for 777s. The program has approximately 350 unfilled
orders worth more than $90 billion at current list prices.
As of Oct. 31, Boeing had logged orders for more than 4,200
Next-Generation 737s, and has unfilled orders for more than 1,800 airplanes
worth more than $130 billion at current list prices.