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Air France-KLM buys Boeing, Airbus

By Hpanchal on September 16, 2011

In its first joint long-haul order, Air France-KLM will purchase 25 Airbus A350s, with an option for 35 additional planes, and 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with an option to buy 25 more.

According to the most recent price figures released by the manufacturers, the average list price for the 787-9 Dreamliner is $218.1 million; the A350-900 carries a list price of $267.6 million.

KLM is expected to start flying its first Dreamliner in 2016; Air France will take control of the first Airbus plane in 2018. According to a company press release, the two carriers will eventually fly both aircraft.

“For its first joint order, the Air France KLM group made its selection after a detailed assessment showing all the performance characteristics of each aircraft, including their energy and environmental performance,” Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, Air France KLM's CEO, said in a statement.

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