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Air France-KLM may select Airbus instead of Boeing for medium-haul jets

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Three people familiar with the situation told Reuters on December 8, 2021 that Air France-KLM Group may choose Airbus A321neo aircraft over Boeing 737 MAX jets for future medium-haul aircraft supply.

The Dutch airline KLM’s Boeing 737 fleets, as well as those of the French and Dutch low-cost carriers Transavia France and Transavia, would be replaced by new aircraft.

According to Planespotters.net, Transavia now flies 39 Boeing 737 aircraft, Transavia France 54 Boeing 737 aircraft, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 46 Boeing 737 aircraft. It’s important to note that all three airlines are part of the Air France-KLM Group.

Since the group’s tender offer to renew and extend its subsidiaries’ medium-haul fleets in July 2021, Air France-KLM has been in talks with Boeing and Airbus.

During the Skift Aviation Forum in September 2021, Air France-KLM Group CEO Ben Smith stated that the company would make a decision on a new order for at least 80 medium-range jets in the next months, with an additional 60 or 80 choices.

“What is totally in our control is the decision on what aircraft we’re going to fly, which aircraft we’re going to replace and at what speed,” Smith explained.

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