Air France-KLM Selects A350 XWB

A350-900_AFR_The Air France-KLM Group has finalised a firm contract for 25 A350-900 aircraft and for a further 25 options.
Alexandre de Juniac, who takes over as Chairman and CEO of the Air France-KLM Group on July 1, 2013 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.”
Peter Hartman, President and Chief Executive Officer of KLM, commented: “Our order for this new aircraft type opens a new chapter for the Group.  This aircraft introduces major environmental advances and will contribute to our ambitious targets for noise and carbon reduction.”
The Air France-KLM Group currently operates a fleet of just over 190 Airbus aircraft, comprising eight A380s, 31 A330s, 13 A340s, 25 A321s, 54 A320s, 41 A319s and 18 A318s.  With this new order Air France-KLM joins the group of airlines who are customers for every member of the Airbus product family.
The A350 XWB is the all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in three-class layouts.  Airbus says the new family will bring a: “step change in efficiency” using 25% less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions.  By the end of May, the A350 XWB had won 613 firm orders from 33 customers.