Boeing Statement on Air France-KLM’s Selection of the 787 Dreamliner
PARIS, September 16, 2011 – Boeing [NYSE: BA] is delighted that Air France-KLM Group has selected the 787 Dreamliner as part of its long-haul fleet renewal, with an intention to purchase 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with options for 25 more.
“We’re proud to be a major part of the fleet renewal plan being undertaken by Air France-KLM ,” said Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 787 Dreamliner will bring outstanding value to the two airlines and will be a great complement to their large fleets of Boeing widebody airplanes. We’re looking forward to finalizing our agreement.”
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an all-new commercial jetliner that brings new efficiencies to airlines and delivers superior comfort to passengers. The airplane features the industry’s largest windows, a lower cabin altitude and cleaner air. These features combine to allow passengers to arrive at their destinations more refreshed.
The 787 Dreamliner is the fastest-selling twin-aisle airplane in aviation history, with more than 800 orders from 56 customers around the world. The Air France-KLM announcement is not included in this total.
Nine French companies partner with Boeing on the 787 Dreamliner. They include Dassault Systèmes (software solutions), Labinal (wiring), Latécoère (passenger doors), Messier-Bugatti (electric brakes), Messier-Dowty (main and nose landing gear), Michelin (tyres), Radiall (connectors), Thales (electric power conversion system, flight display, in-flight entertainment system), and Zodiac (emergency slides, primary electrical distribution and various equipments).
The Air France-KLM Group is a long-time and valued customer with a large Boeing fleet of 188 airplanes in operation.
Boeing looks forward to finalizing the details of the agreement by the end of the year, at which time it will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
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