KLM expects to receive its first Airbus A320neo-family jets in 2024 amid industry-wide aircraft delivery delays.

Speaking to FlightGlobal at the IATA AGM in Istanbul on 4 June, chief executive Marjan Rintel says the SkyTeam carrier is “preparing for all the different scenarios” but that deliveries will begin “next year”.

“Hopefully we have fixed planning now,” Rintel states.


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Rintel says KLM will take its first A320neos in 2024

Air France-KLM placed a firm order for 100 A320neo-family jets in late 2021, signalling KLM’s shift from a Boeing 737-dominated short-haul fleet to an Airbus one. At the time, deliveries to KLM and Transavia were expected to begin in the second half of 2023.

Describing the OEM supply-chain issues that are delaying the delivery of new jets and prolonging the maintenance of existing aircraft as a “long-term challenge”, Rintel says: “It’s making planning difficult, the new planes are arriving late and the planes that need maintenance… you really need to be flexible.”

KLM is responding to the issues – which have notably affected KLM Cityhopper’s fleet of Embraer E2 jets due to “technical challenges” with their Pratt & Whitney PW1900G engines – with measures such as retaining older aircraft for longer than expected and bringing in wet-leased jets.

Separately, Rintel says of KLM’s widebody fleet, including prospects for a fresh order: “We will let you know this year.”