While we previously reported that KLM would be passing its Airbus A350 order to Air France, Airbus was yet to reflect the change. However, as of Airbus’ August order figures, the change has taken place.
Originally, Air France and KLM had been expecting to receive both the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787. Both airlines are already operating the Boeing 787, however, the first Airbus A350 is yet to be delivered to the group. Earlier this year, the decision was made to transfer KLM’s A350 orders to sister airline Air France. As a result, KLM will take some Boeing 787s which had been destined for the French flag carrier.
Originally, according to the Airbus order book, Air France had ordered 21 Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Meanwhile, seven A350-900 had been ordered by KLM. Airbus releases a monthly snapshot of its aircraft, detailing orders, deliveries, and how many of each aircraft are being operated by a given airline.
As of the end of July, the Airbus order book still reflected the original order for 28 aircraft spread across the two carriers. However, as of the August snapshot, things have changed. The order book now lists 28 Airbus A350-900s as having been ordered by Air France. Additionally, KLM now has zero Airbus A350s remaining on order.
When will Air France get the Airbus A350?
No date has been set for Air France to receive its first Airbus A350-900 at present. However, one would imagine that the aircraft’s delivery will take place by the end of the month if all goes well. The aircraft has already taken its first flight on the 27th of August. The aircraft flew for 5-hours and 23-minutes over Southern France and the Bay of Biscay.
According to AIB Family, the aircraft flew over the South of France for a photoshoot on Monday. The first Airbus A350 destined for British Airways took its first flight on the 2nd of July 2019. It was delivered on paper to the airline on 25th of July 2019. As such, there were 23 days, just over three weeks, between the first flight and delivery.
What about the Boeing 787?
As previously mentioned, KLM will receive more Boeing 787s as a result of the swap. Air France is looking to continue operating the Boeing 787 aircraft which it has already received, however, remaining orders from the American manufacturer will be sent to KLM. However, it’s Dutch cousin will exclusively operate the Boeing 787-10 variant.
Will you miss seeing the Airbus A350 wearing KLM’s livery? Is the change a good thing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!