Air France-KLM today confirmed that it has placed a firm order for 25 Boeing 787-9s plus 25 options as part of the 110-strong widebody order signed last September, but it has yet to finalise its A350-900 agreement with Airbus.

The carrier has not selected an engine for the 787s. The A350 is only offered with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine.

The first 787-9 will enter service with KLM in 2016, with Air France to operate its first 787 "at a later date", said an Air France-KLM spokesman.

Air France-KLM in September revealed plans to order up to 110 A350s and 787s. The deal comprised 50 firm orders and 60 options for the two widebody types, subject to finalisation with the manufacturers.

The spokesman added that "discussions are ongoing" with Airbus and Rolls-Royce over finalising the A350 deal.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news