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KLM orders two additional Boeing 777-300ER jets

Named "Grand Canyon National Park"

Boeing made this announcement:

Boeing and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have announced that the carrier has ordered two more 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes.

Above Image: Boeing.

The order, valued at $751 million at current list prices, was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.

The 777-300ER can seat up to 396 passengers in a two-class configuration and has a maximum range of 7,370 nautical miles (13,650 km). The airplane is the world’s most reliable twin aisle with a schedule reliability of 99.5 percent.

Operating out of its home base in Amsterdam, the KLM Group serves a global network of 92 European cities and 70 intercontinental destinations with a fleet of 209 aircraft. The carrier operates 29 777s, including 14 777-300ERs. It also flies 747s and the 787 Dreamliner family.

KLM, the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name, is celebrating its centenary this year. In 2004 it merged with Air France to create Europe’s largest airline group. The Air France-KLM Group is also one of the largest operators of the 777 family with nearly 100 between the combined fleets.

Top Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-300 ER PH-BVU (msn 61702) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939290.

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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.

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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