Preliminary Agreement Was Announced In September Of Last
An order for 25 787 Dreamliners has been finalized between
Boeing and Air France-KLM Group, with options. The order was signed
in late December 2011 and was recorded on Boeing's Orders &
Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer. A
preliminary agreement was first announced on September 16,
"By making the 787 a key part of its fleet renewal, Air
France-KLM strengthens its position as a worldwide leader," said
Jim Albaugh, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"Reaction to the Dreamliner's entry into service has been
phenomenal and we look forward to seeing passengers of Air
France-KLM fly on this revolutionary airplane."
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is a slightly larger version of the
787-8 and will carry 250-290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500
The order increases the number of 787-9s on order to 305
airplanes. The 787 Dreamliner family, including the 787-8 and
787-9, has accumulated a total of 860 orders from 59 customers
located all over the world.
Eight French companies partner with Boeing on the 787
Dreamliner. They include Dassault Systemes (software solutions),
Labinal (wiring), Latecoere (passenger doors),
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (main and nose landing gear, electric
brakes), Michelin (aftermarket tyres), Radiall (connectors), Thales
(electric power conversion system, flight display, in-flight
entertainment system), and Zodiac Aerospace (primary power
management system, emergency slides, water and waste systems, cabin
interiors, galley inserts and seats, and other equipments).
The Air France-KLM Group is a long-time and valued customer with
a large Boeing fleet of 188 airplanes in operation, including 74
for Air France and 114 for KLM. Air France-KLM is one of the
world's largest 777 operators.