Some pretty interesting things brought up at Air France/KLM’s 2019 Investor Day presentation.
1. Air France’s future fleet possibly includes the “A220-500” in addition to its current A220-300 order:
In the “Future Fleet” section, you can see the A220 listed as Medium Haul with the -500(?).
- There have been rumors in recent times of Airbus launching a stretched version of the A220. This seems to be it.
2. KLM’s mainline fleet will become purely Boeing.
- This is excluding KLM Cityhopper as that fleet consists of Embraer aircraft. (I mean… Boeing has an 80% stake in Embraer anyways).
In KLM’s mainline fleet, the A330-200/300 are the only Airbus aircraft left.
- KLM currently flies eight Airbus A330-200s and five A330-300s to destinations in the Middle East, Africa, North America and the Caribbean.
- Months ago KLM’s A350 order was transferred to Air France so KLM would receive additional 787s.
According to KLM CEO Pieter Elbers, there is still no definitive farewell date for the A330, but the type must be phased out by 2025.
- Additionally, the 747 is expected to retire around 2021.
KLM’s current fleet:
The A220-500 is definitely interesting. Makes me wonder if it has transatlantic potential into/out of secondary markets.
Sucks that the A330 is retiring so soon. The 2-4-2 configuration in Economy is perfect for families/couples.