Air France-KLM accelerates its aircraft fleet renewal
And orders an additional 10 A-350/900s for AF
The Air France and Air France-KLM Boards of Directors have reached a decision concerning the replacement of Air France’s A-380s and approved an order of 10 A-350/900 airplanes. With this decision, the Group is pursuing its fleet rationalization and simplification strategy.
The Dutch carrier is already well on its way to simplifying its long-haul fleet which will ultimately consist of only B-777 and B-787 aircraft, sharing a common pilot type rating .
At the French airline, this upcoming order will bring the total number of A-350 planes to 38, including three that have already been delivered.
This is the next step for Air France as it pursues the same fleet simplification strategy. As a result, in 2023, the Air France long-haul fleet will consist of 116 aircraft split amongst only four families: A-330s and A-350s, and B-787s and B-777s. As at KLM, this will bring Air France greater operational flexibility, thanks in particular to reducing the number of pilot qualifications to three by 2023 – A-330/A-350, B-787, and B-777.
These new-generation aircraft will replace the A-380s currently in operation at Air France and which are to be retired between now and the end of 2022. Their arrival will also allow the company to accelerate the departure of the A-340s during the first quarter of 2021.
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