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Air France-KLM Confirms Future with A350 XWB

25 June 2013

The Air France-KLM Group has finalised a firm contract for 25 A350-900 aircraft and for a further 25 options. The aircraft will become an essential element in the Group’s future fleet strategy.

"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." said Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of the Air France-KLM Group.

Peter Hartman, President and Chief Executive Officer of KLM, said, “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.”

"We are honoured that our all-new, extra-efficient A350-900, which has just recently flown on its maiden flight, will become an essential cornerstone in the future fleet development of Air France-KLM,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer. "The A350 XWB's unbeatable economics and environmental credentials will pay nice dividends into the future positioning of the airline, while the aircraft’s commonality with the Group’s existing Airbus fleet will generate further efficiencies and savings.”

The Air France-KLM Group currently operates a fleet of just over 190 Airbus aircraft.  The A350 XWB is the all-new, mid-size, long-range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in spacious three-class layouts. 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 already won 613 firm orders from 33 customers worldwide.

Photo provided by Airbus.