KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9, which the Dutch flag carrier has acquired on lease through leasing company AerCap.
“We are very proud to welcome our first Boeing 787 Dreamliner today,” says Pieter Elbers, KLM president & CEO. “This aircraft symbolizes a new phase in the future of KLM. Investment in our customers is one of our priorities. This efficient aircraft is part of that investment.”
In addition to its November 14 delivery, Air France KLM Group has 19 787-9s and six 787-10s on order and will lease 12 787s through AerCap.
KLM will operate its first 787-9 on its Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi-Bahrain service, according to Boeing.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol-based KLM was founded in 1919 and is the oldest airline still operating under its original name.
KLM is part of the Air France KLM Group and serves 135 destinations worldwide.
Over the past half century KLM has taken delivery of more than 200 Boeing aircraft.