Air France-KLM can Divide Large Order Between Boeing and Airbus

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Aviation group Air France-KLM is in advanced negotiations with aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing about a large order.


According to CEO Ben Smith of the French-Dutch aviation combination, that order can be divided between the two manufacturers.

Air France-KLM wants to place an order for up to 160 new medium-haul aircraft.

According to Smith, this concerns a firm order for eighty aircraft plus options on another sixty to eighty additional aircraft. The aircraft is destined for KLM and the subsidiary Transavia. This includes the Boeing 737 MAX and the Airbus A320neo.

Smith said a decision could be made within months. A division of the order is an option. The aircraft are to replace the existing 737s in the KLM and Transavia fleet.

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