The Air France–KLM Group has announced today that it will be enhancing its fleet by issuing a “firm order” for ten more A350-900s, which will take its total order for the aircraft up to 38.
With the further acquisition of the groundbreaking vehicle, considered to be one of the industry’s most advanced widebody planes, the group hopes to take advantage of a dramatic slash in fuel burn and CO2 emissions, to maximise efficiency and boost their bottom line.
“Ambitious sustainability agenda”
The A350 XWB features a carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce engines. This tech helps translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions. The A350 XWB’s Airspace by Airbus cabin is the quietest of any twin-aisle and offers passengers and crews the most modern in-flight products for the most comfortable flying experience.
“Rationalising and modernising the fleet is central to our effort to regain our leading position in Europe”, said Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM Group. “It will strengthen our performance from both an economic and operational standpoint, and will help us deliver on our ambitious sustainability agenda. Offering a 25% reduction in fuel consumption compared to previous generation aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 is a jewel of European expertise and a passenger favourite. We are excited to see it become a core asset of the Air France fleet.”
“Ben is leading an impressive transformation at Air France-KLM and we feel honoured that our A350 aircraft have been selected as part of this endeavor.” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus chief executive officer. “We sincerely thank Air France-KLM for the confidence placed in us.”
Air France-KLM currently operates a fleet of 159 Airbus aircraft.