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Evolution of the Air France-KLM fleet


The Air France-KLM Board of Directors approved several strategic decisions concerning the development of the Air France fleet, following a meeting on July 30, 2019.

These decisions reflect the Group's focus on simplification. Making the fleet more competitive, by continuing its transformation with more modern, high-performance aircraft with a significantly reduced environmental footprint is key to achieving leading industry margins.


Above - KLM's first Boeing 787-10 arrives at Amsterdam Schipol in June 2019 (Paul Ridderhof/KLM)


  • Firm order for 60 A220-300s, with 30 options and 30 acquisition rights, which will gradually replace Air France's A318 and A319 fleet

  • Retirement of the 10 A380s from the Air France fleet by 2022, and study of the replacement of A380s by new generation aircraft


The two airlines are also pursuing the optimisation of their respective long-haul fleets. The carriers will effectively swap the remaining firm Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 orders between them, in order to realise fleet efficiencies through harmonisation and accelerated growth of similar aircraft at both airlines. The implementation of the swap between the airlines means that in the 2021-2023 time frame, the 6 remaining Boeing 787s ordered for Air France will be transferred to KLM, and the current 7 Airbus A350-900s on order for KLM will be transferred to Air France.

Today, Air France operates 9 Boeing 787-9s and one additional aircraft is scheduled to arrive in May 2020, resulting in a fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9s for Air France next year. In addition, Air France will receive its first Airbus A350-900 in September 2019. It has already an additional 20 on firm order to which will be added the 7 A350-900s initially intended for KLM, for a total of 28 aircraft.