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Video: KLM’s Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner: Orange Blossom

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In a world where we roam the skies, something blue has arrived. It marks the dawn of another hundred years of KLM. Our newest member of the family: the seven-eight-seven-dash-ten Dreamliner. It’s big! It’s blue! It’s coming soon to an airport near you!

The new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, “Oranjebloesem” (Orange Blossom) registration PH-BKA, was delivered on Sunday, June 30. It was greeted at Schiphol with a water salute.

KLM is the first European airline to operate this more sustainable and economical aircraft. The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner has the same efficient engines as the 787-9. The combination of these engines with the use of lighter materials in the 787-10 means it produces lower carbon emissions and less noise.

The 787-10’s design is highly sophisticated, with large windows and a spacious interior providing much more room and comfort.

This first KLM 787-10 Dreamliner will be deployed from 2 July on KLM services to Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam. KLM plans to have 15 Boeing 787-10s in its fleet by 2022.

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KLM’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner arrives in Amsterdam

KLM’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner (PH-BKA, msn 42485) was delivered one day late on June 29. The new type arrived today at the Amsterdam base. The new airliner is named “Orange Bloesem” (Orange Blossom) and carries a special “100 Years” logo (above).

The 787-10 Dreamliners will be named after flowers.

Photo: KLM.

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KLM to concentrate on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Air France on the Airbus A350-900 for long-haul flights

The Air France-KLM Group has made this announcement:

Air France and KLM pursue the optimization of their respective long-haul fleets. The airlines will effectively swap the remaining firm Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 orders between them, in order to realize fleet efficiencies through harmonization and accelerated growth of similar aircraft at both airlines.

The implementation of the swap between the airlines means that in the 2021-2023 timeframe, the 6 remaining Boeing 787 ordered for Air France will be transferred to KLM, and the current 7 Airbus A350-900s on order for KLM will be transferred to Air France.

Today, Air France operates 9 Boeing 787-9s and one additional aircraft is scheduled to arrive in May 2020, resulting in a fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9s for Air France next year. In addition, Air France will receive its first Airbus A350-900 in September 2019. It has already an additional 20 on firm order to which will be added the 7 A350-900s initially intended for KLM, for a total of 28 aircraft.

KLM presently operates 13 Boeing 787-9s and will receive its first Boeing 787-10 in June 2019. This fleet will further grow to a total of 21 Boeing 787s by the end of 2020 to which will be added the 6 Boeing 787s initially intended for Air France for a total of 27 aircraft.

Options for further fleet development at Air France within the Air France-KLM group is currently under study, in consultancy with all stakeholders.

This is the first step towards harmonizing and simplifying the Air France-KLM Group fleet at its two major airlines” declared Benjamin Smith, CEO Air France-KLM.

KLM had the following statement:

“Both Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350 are excellent aircraft. From a fleet management perspective, optimizing the number of different aircraft types KLM operates is very important for our operational efficiency and productivity. That is why KLM is happy to be able to expand the 787 fleet via this order swap. With these additional B787-10’s KLM will be ready to further develop its route network bringing in the next few years the total B787’s for KLM to 28 (13x B787-9 and 15x B787).”

The delivery of KLM’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner is delayed

KLM issued this short statement about the delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner that is painted in a special livery to celebrate its 100th Anniversary:

The arrival of KLM’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner from the Boeing factory in Charleston USA will be later than anticipated. The new aircraft was initially planned to land at Schiphol on Saturday morning June 29, but is now expected in the coming days. It often happens that the delivery process of an aircraft is slightly delayed due to the complexity and administrative issues.

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Embraer announces KLM intention for up to 35 E195-E2 Jets

Embraer announced today, at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, KLM Cityhopper’s intention to purchase up to 35 E195-E2 jets, 15 firm orders with purchase rights for a further 20 aircraft of the same model.

Photo: KLM.

This intention, which still requires a Purchase Agreement, has a value of $2.48 billion based on Embraer’s current list prices. The order will be added to Embraer’s backlog as soon as a firm contract is completed.

KLM takes off to Las Vegas

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHP (msn 42506) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 943792.

Today (June 6) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines initiated its Amsterdam-Las Vegas (LAS) route. KLM will use a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with a capacity of 294 seats per flight on Thursdays and Sundays. Starting July 1, a third weekly flight will be added on Tuesdays.

The new KLM flights will expand on Air France-KLM’s transatlantic network and serve to strengthen the joint venture portfolio with Delta Air Lines.

Photo: Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

KLM will operate its flights to Las Vegas on Thursdays and Sundays. The flights, using a Boeing 787-9, offer thirty seats in World Business Class, forty-five seats in Economy Comfort Class, and 219 seats in Economy Class. In July, we will add a third weekly flight on Tuesdays.

The flight schedule is as follows:

  • KL0635 departs from Amsterdam Schiphol at 12:35 and arrives at Las Vegas McCarran International at 14:15 local time.
  • KL0636 departs from Las Vegas at 16:05 local time and arrives the next day at 11:05 Amsterdam-Schiphol.
Las Vegas becomes KLM’s 18th North Atlantic destination.
Top Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHP (msn 42506) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 943792.
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KLM looks to future world travel

A pioneer in sustainability, KLM is partnering with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) to continue making aviation more sustainable starting with their innovative flight concept known as the “Flying-V.” This concept embraces a different approach to aircraft design, integrating the passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tanks in the wings to make a V-shaped aircraft. This improved aerodynamic shape will reduce the aircraft’s weight and use 20% less fuel but still fit the existing airport infrastructure that currently house the A350.

In tandem with the celebration of KLM’s 100th Anniversary, with KLM being the only airline in the world celebrating its 100th anniversary, a flying scale model and full-size section of the interior of the “Flying-V” will be officially presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October as a potential aircraft design of the future. KLM just announced last week that they have invested in a biofuel plant set to open in 2022 and committed to a 10-year contract for 75,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel per year. KLM is the first airline in the world to invest in sustainable aviation fuel at a large scale and continues to be a leader in airline sustainability through this relationship with TU Delft.

Image: Edwin Wallet, Studio OSO

The aircraft’s v-shaped design will integrate the passenger cabin, the cargo hold and the fuel tanks in the wings. Its improved aerodynamic shape and reduced weight will mean it uses 20% less fuel than the Airbus A350, today’s most advanced aircraft. A flying scale model and a full-size section of the interior of the Flying-V will be officially presented at the KLM Experience Days at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in October on the occasion of KLM’s 100thanniversary.

The aircraft was originally conceptualised as a potential aircraft design for the future, but can be compared to today’s most advanced aircraft, the Airbus A350. Although the plane is not as long as the A350, it does have the same wingspan. This will enable the Flying-V to use existing infrastructure at airports, such as gates and runways, without difficulty and the aircraft will also fit into the same hangar as the A350. What’s more, the Flying-V will carry the same number of passengers – 314 in the standard configuration – and the same volume of cargo, 160m3. The Flying-V will be smaller than the A350, giving it less aerodynamic resistance.

KLM President & CEO Pieter Elbers: “In recent years, KLM has developed as a pioneer in sustainability within the airline industry. The development of aviation has given the world a great deal, offering us an opportunity to connect people. This privilege is paired with a huge responsibility for our planet. KLM takes this very seriously and has therefore been investing in sustainability at different levels for many years, enabling it to develop a broad spectrum of sustainability initiatives. We are proud of our progressive cooperative relationship with TU Delft, which ties in well with KLM’s strategy and serves as an important milestone for us on the road to scaling-up sustainable aviation.”

Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft Professor Henri Werij: “We are incredibly pleased to be able to cooperate with our trusted partner KLM on our combined mission to make aviation more sustainable. Radically new and highly energy-efficient aircraft designs such as the Flying-V are important in this respect, as are new forms of propulsion. Our ultimate aim is one of emission free flight. Our cooperation with KLM offers a tremendous opportunity to bring about real change.”

Fuel versus electric propulsion

The Flying-V is propelled by the most fuel-efficient turbofan engines that currently exist. In its present design it still flies on kerosene, but it can easily be adapted to make use of innovations in the propulsion system – by using electrically-boosted turbofans for example.