Air France-KLM to get 60 Airbus A220 aircraft
The Air France–KLM Group, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 60 Airbus A220-300 aircraft to modernize its fleet. By acquiring the industry’s most effective and advanced small single-aisle aircraft technologically, the airline will reap the benefits of a significant decrease in fuel CO2 and burn emissions. These A220s are designed to be operated by Air France.
“The acquisition of the completely new A220-300s aligns with Air France&ndash perfectly;KLM’s overall fleet harmonization and modernization strategy” said Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM Group. “This aircraft demonstrates optimum operational and economic efficiency and enables us to improve the environment footprint because of the A220’s low fuel consumption and reduced emissions. Additionally it is perfectly adapted to your domestic and European network and can enable Air France to use better on its short and medium-haul routes.”
“It really is an honour for Airbus that Air France, a long-standing valued customer, has endorsed our latest relative, the A220, because of its fleet renewal plans.”, said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO. “We have been focused on supporting Air France with this A220 by bringing the most recent technologies, efficiency levels, and environment benefits. We have been delighted to attempt this partnership and we have been getting excited about seeing the A220 flying in the Air France colors.”
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The A220 may be the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market; it delivers unbeatable fuel efficiency and widebody passenger comfort in a single-aisle aircraft. The A220 brings state-of-the-art aerodynamics together, advanced materials and Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation PW1500G geared turbofan engines to provide at the very least 20 percent lower fuel burn per seat in comparison to previous generation aircraft. The performance emerges by the A220 of larger single-aisle aircraft.
Air France operates a fleet of 144 Airbus aircraft currently.
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With an order book of 551 aircraft by end, the A220 has all of the credentials to win the lion’s share of the 100-to-150-seat aircraft market, estimated to represent 7,000 aircraft on the next twenty years.
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