Air France-KLM Group has finalized an order for 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, also taking options on another 25.
The order was signed in late December 2011 and was recorded on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer. A preliminary agreement was first announced on September 16, 2011.
“By making the 787 a key part of its fleet renewal, Air France-KLM strengthens its position as a worldwide leader,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Reaction to the Dreamliner’s entry into service has been phenomenal and we look forward to seeing passengers of Air France-KLM fly on this revolutionary airplane.”
The Boeing 787-9 is a slightly larger version of the 787-8 and will carry 250 to 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 kilometers).
According to Boeing, the 787 will offer exceptional environmental performance because it will use 20 per cent less fuel than today’s similarly sized aircraft. It cruises at a speed of Mach 0.85, which is similar to the cruise speeds of today’s fastest widebody jets.
The order increases the number of 787-9s on order to 305. The 787 Dreamliner family, including the 787-8 and 787-9, has accumulated orders for a total of 860 aircraft from 59 customers located throughout the world.
Eight French companies partner with Boeing on the 787. They include Dassault Systemes (software solutions); Labinal (wiring); Latecoere (passenger doors); Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (main and nose landing gear, electric brakes); Michelin (aftermarket tyres); Radiall (connectors); Thales (electric power conversion system, flight display, in-flight entertainment system); and Zodiac Aerospace (primary power management system, emergency slides, water and waste systems, cabin interiors, galley inserts and seats, and other equipment).
The Air France-KLM Group currently operates 188 Boeing jets, including 74 in Air France service and 114 operating with KLM. Air France-KLM is one of the world’s largest operators of the Boeing 777 family.