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Big Airbus order: Air France-KLM has ordered up to 160 A320 Neo - and A350 F

Big Airbus order: Air France-KLM has ordered up to 160 A320 Neo – and A350 F

Boeing was the favorite for Air France’s long, short and medium length orders. But now, Airbus has entered the race with the A320 Neo family. And that’s not all.

It’s the stuff that makes airplane sellers’ dreams come true. Air France KLM said 160 short- and medium-haul aircraft will be ordered in July. With them, the group wants to replace nearly 50 Boeing 737s from KLM and the older Boeing 737s from the cheap French and Dutch subsidiary Transavia.

For the first time, Air France-KLM made a central decision on the main order. Boeing has been center stage as KLM flies American planes. But Airbus thought it had chances because there is a close relationship between Air France and the Europeans. Recently he was called by It’s a “really close race,” KLM said.

Up to 160 Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft

But in the end the Europeans won. The Board of Directors of Air France-KLM decided on Thursday (December 16) to place an order with Airbus. The group purchases 100 aircraft of the A320 Neo family and secures purchase rights for another 60 aircraft.

“The order includes Airbus A320neo and Airbus A321neo aircraft,” said Air France – KLM. “The first delivery is expected in the second half of 2023.” The aircraft will be used on medium-distance routes in Europe, in particular from Amsterdam-Schiphol, the global hub of KLM and the main base in Dutch Transavia, as well as from Paris-Orly, the main base of the French company Transavia. The company has not yet commented on the cabin configuration.

Air France-KLM is also securing an option for the A350 F.

but that is not all. Air France-KLM also signed a letter of intent to purchase four A350 freighters. The group explains: “Against the backdrop of steady and sustainable growth in demand for air freight, this demand will increase Air France-KLM’s cargo capacity.”

However, the company has also agreed with Airbus that Air France can lay off as many A350 passenger planes as possible if Air France-KLM orders A350 freighters. The French airline already operates 12 A350 passenger aircraft and has ordered another 26 aircraft.

In the gallery above you can see what the required planes should look like.