Air France-KLM edges closer to firming A350 order

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Air France-KLM plans to firm its provisional order for 25 Airbus A350-900 long-range twinjets by the end of March.

Speaking at a press conference on 7 January, Alexandre de Juniac, Air France chief executive, says: "Negotiations are moving ahead very well with Airbus and Rolls-Royce and we hope to hammer out an agreement by the end of the first quarter."

The airline group announced the commitment for the in-development type in September 2011, worth $7 billion at list prices.

Air France-KLM wants to support the engine at its in-house MRO facilities, while Rolls-Royce, which is the sole engine supplier for the A350 XWB, aims to retain aftermarket services as part of its equipment sales.