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KLM chooses Airbus A320neo family for KLM and Transavia’s European fleet

by Matt Falcus

Following on from yesterday’s announcement by Qantas about its fleet renewal, Airbus is today celebrating another major order.

KLM Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to purchase 100 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, with options for a further 60 aircraft. It is though to include both A320neo and A321neo variants.

The Groups’s joint airline Air France-KLM, based respectively in France and the Netherlands, plans to start taking delivery of these aircraft from 2023 and will use them to replace older Boeing 737 Next Generation types in the fleets of KLM and subsidiary Transavia.

These new aircraft will substantially improve the sustainability of KLM’s fleet. The Airbus A320neo family not only produces 50% less noise than the current, older generation of aircraft, but also reduces fuel consumption and CO2 emissions to 15%.

This order for fleet renewal is an important new step for KLM in achieving our objectives in terms of sustainability, customer experience, comfort and efficiency. These new aircraft will allow us to substantially reduce CO2 emissions and noise levels. I’m glad that, by continually investing in our product, we can improve our efficiency and customer experience. The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to focus on survival for the past eighteen months. Now that we are on the road to recovery, we can look to the future once more. With this order, which is an important component of our restructuring plan, we will further prepare our company as well as our customer experience for the future.

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers

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In other news, Air France-KLM has also signed a Letter of Intent to purchase four Airbus A350 freighters for use by Air France Cargo.

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