Air France-KLM has split its major fleet re-equipment deal between Airbus and Boeing, revealing plans to order up to 110 A350 XWBs and 787s.

The deal, which was approved by Air France-KLM directors yesterday, comprises 50 firm orders and 60 options for the two widebody types, but is still subject to the finalization with the manufacturers.

Airbus says the airline will sign for up to 60 A350s, 25 of which will be A350-900s and will be firmed up shortly.

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Air France-KLM says that its provisional fleet plan will see the group operating 73 new widebodies through to 2024, including 43 A350-900s and 30 787-9s. The first 787-9 is due to enter into service with KLM in 2016 and the first A350-900 with Air France in 2018. Both airlines will eventually operate both types.

Engine selection for the 787s has not been made. The A350 is only offered with the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news