- Title: Air France-KLM welcomes its first of 60 Airbus A220-300 jets
- Date: 29th September 2021
- Summary: ROISSY-EN-FRANCE, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 29, 2021) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SEATS ON AIRBUS A220-300 BACK OF SEATS VARIOUS OF SEATS PLANE STEWARDESS OPENING COMPARTMENTS VIEW OF WING FROM WINDOW VARIOUS OF COCKPIT VARIOUS OF CONTROLS HAND ON CONTROLS SCREEN VARIOUS OF PLANE FROM OUTSIDE JET ENGINE PLANE
- Embargoed: 13th October 2021 09:49
- Keywords: Air France Airbus A220-300 KLM
- Location: ROISSY-EN-FRANCE, FRANCE
- City: ROISSY-EN-FRANCE, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Company News Markets,Europe,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWRW8ZX
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- Story Text:Air France-KLM on Wednesday (September 29) welcomed its first of 60 Airbus A220-300 jets, which will enter the French network company from Oct. 31 with 148 seats starting with flights to cities such as Berlin and Madrid.
Air France-KLM aims to decide in the coming months on an order of at least 80 medium-haul jets for its Dutch network and Transavia budget subsidiaries in what would be its biggest fleet transaction ever, its chief executive said.
The Franco-Dutch airline launched a tender earlier this year to renew and expand the medium-haul Boeing 737 fleets at KLM and the French and Dutch operations of Transavia.
Chief Executive Ben Smith said the deal could involve a firm purchase of 80 aircraft with options for another 60 to 80.
Analysts have said the competition is Boeing's to lose after a long association with KLM, but Smith stressed the group was in talks with both the U.S. planemaker and European rival Airbus. He said it was in parallel talks with engine makers CFM and Pratt & Whitney.
Air France is beginning to see some recovery in business travel on domestic routes but premium travel remains far below pre-COVID crisis levels, the unit's Chief Executive Anne Rigail said.
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