KLM Requests Tenders For Replacement Of Boeing 747-300

7th Aug 2001

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has invited aircraft and engine manufacturers, and lease companies to submit tenders for aircraft seating approximately 300 passengers, to replace the airline’s Boeing 747-300s, and possibly its MD-11s and/or Boeing 767-300ERs in due course.

KLM’s decision to introduce a new aircraft type is the continuation of the airline’s policy of replacing older aircraft with new, more efficient and environment-friendly ones, witness the current replacement of Boeing 737-300/400 aircraft with aircraft of the Next Generation 737-800/900 series.

The aircraft types considered for replacing the Boeing 747-300 are, currently, the Airbus A330 and the Boeing 777. Airbus and Boeing have consequently been requested to submit offers, as have the engine manufacturers General Electric Aircraft Engines, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls Royce. Several lease companies have also been invited to submit offers.

KLM has requested purchase rights for a maximum of 34 planes, including 12 to replace the Boeing 747-300 fleet. The additional rights will cover a possible replacement of the MD-11 and Boeing 767 in the more distant future, enabling fleet standardization.

These purchase rights can be converted one by one into orders at pre-determined prices and conditions. However, KLM may decide not to exercise these rights, either in whole or in part. Final decision-making is expected in the first half of 2002.


Key selection criteria for fleet renewal include:

* better alignment with customer appreciation and enhanced flexibility in route network operations;
* reduction of environmental impact;
* reduction of unit costs.



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