Air France-KLM has placed a firm order for ten additional widebody A350-900s with Airbus.
The move will take its total order for the aircraft type to 38 planes.
The A350s are intended to be operated by Air France.
“Rationalising and modernising the fleet is central to our effort to regain our leading position in Europe,” said Benjamin Smith, chief executive 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 per cent reduction in fuel consumption compared to previous generation aircraft, the Airbus A350-900 is a jewel of European expertise and a passenger favourite.”
Air France-KLM currently operates a fleet of 159 Airbus aircraft.
“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 endeavour,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus chief executive.
“We sincerely thank Air France-KLM for the confidence placed in us.”
Also today, Airbus has acquired industrial automation company, MTM Robotics, for an undisclosed sum.
The move deepens Airbus’ commitment to expanding advanced robotics capabilities…