Rederings of KLM and Transavia A320/A321neo aircraft (Photo: Air France/Airbus)
Air France – KLM selects Airbus for fleet renewal in a double whammy for Boeing

KLM has selected Airbus to replace its Boeing 737 fleet while Air France has opted to purchase 4 Airbus A350F aircraft


  • KLM Group second to flip fleet to Airbus after Qantas
  • Air France signs LOI for 4 Airbus A350F aircraft
  • KLM Group orders 100 Airbus A320/A321neo for fleet renewal

Amsterdam-based KLM Group has selected Airbus for its fleet renewal and expansion, in a second blow to Boeing as Qantas Group recently announced its decision to purchase Airbus A220 and A320neo variants for its fleet renewal.

In a Memorandum of Understanding, the Group has signed for a total of 100 A320neo aircraft, including an option to purchase an additional 60 aircraft of the same type. The aircraft will be split between KLM, Transavia Netherlands, and Transavia France.

The A320/A321neo family will gradually replace KLM and Transavia’s existing Boeing 737 aircraft from the second half of 2023 and will operate medium-haul routes within Europe.

Engine selection and cabin configuration will be announced at a later date.

Air France signs LOI for 4 Airbus A350F aircraft

Air France has signed an LOI to purchase four Airbus A350F freighter aircraft with an option to purchase an additional four A350F to increase its cargo capacity, becoming the second passenger airline to do so after Singapore Airlines announced its order for five A350F aircraft.

One of the conditions is that the A350F order would be able to be substituted with the A350 passenger variant, which Air France is operating 12 of the type, with 26 more on order for its long-haul destinations.

The french-based airline is confident with Airbus as it renews its fleet with the purchase of 60 A220-300 in 2019, four of which are currently in service to replace its existing A318 and A319, as well as some older A320.

An Air France A350F aircraft (Photo: Air France)

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