Air France signs firm order for 10 Airbus A350

Air France Airbus A350
Photo: © Clément Alloing

Air France-KLM and Airbus have announced that the French flag-carrier will receive an additional ten Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

With the addition of the new firm order, Air France ordered a total of 38 A350 jets, of which three have already been delivered to the airline. The carrier’s first A350 was handed over in September.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Air France will take over KLM’s Airbus A350 orders. In turn, KLM is set to receive an additional six Boeing 787s.

Air France currently operates an Airbus wide-body fleet of A330, A340, A350 and A380 airplanes. Furthermore, Boeing 777-200ER, 777-300ER and 787-9 Dreamliner jets are deployed on long-haul flights.

The French airline says that it plans to consolidate its long-haul fleet to only four aircraft families in the future; Airbus A330s and A350s, as well as Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft. It has recently retired its first Airbus A380 aircraft, which will be phased out until 2022. The remaining A340s are also scheduled to leave the fleet in the coming years.