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Air France KLM completes Airbus deal

Air France KLM completes Airbus deal

Air France KLM has announced it has finalised a deal with European manufacturer Airbus for 25 new A350 jets with a further 25 on option.

The A350-900 aircrafts are equipped with Rolls-Royce XWB engines, which will significantly contribute to the performance of the Airbus A350.

In addition, this acquisition will reduce fuel consumption by over 15 per cent compared to the current aircraft, as well as reduce noise and gas emissions, further outlining the Group’s commitment to the environment.

Henri Hourcade, general manager Air France KLM, UK & Ireland, said: “This order of new-generation, high performance aircraft reflects the importance of our investments for the benefit of our customers, whose comfort is at the heart of our concerns.

“With the A350, Air France-KLM will continue to operate one of the most modern fleets in the world, and ensure the growth of its long-haul activity, while achieving significant cost savings.

“Furthermore this aircraft introduces major environmental advances and will contribute to our ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction.”

The agreement was signed at the 50th International Air Show at Le Bourget near Paris.

Today’s announcement marks the completion of a deal with Airbus announced in September 2011 for 50 aircraft - 25 A350-900s and 25 Boeing 787-9s.

In December 2011, Air France-KLM also signed a contract to acquire 25 firm orders for Boeing 787-9s, with another 25 on option.

The first Boeing 787-9 aircraft is due to enter into service with KLM in 2016 with the first A350-900 is expected to be in service with Air France in 2018.