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Air France-KLM signs for up to 120 A220s

Air France-KLM has signed for up to 120 Airbus A220-300s as part of a fleet renewal plan disclosed today.

The airline group says the commitment comprises 60 firm aircraft, plus 30 options and 30 acquisition rights. Airbus labels the 60-unit portion of the deal as a memorandum of understanding.

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The aircraft will "gradually replace" Air France's A318 and A319 fleet, beginning with the first delivery in September 2021, says Air France-KLM.

"The acquisition of these brand new A220-300s aligns perfectly with Air France–KLM's overall fleet modernisation and harmonisation strategy," states group chief executive Benjamin Smith. "This aircraft demonstrates optimum operational and economic efficiency, and enables us to further improve our environment footprint thanks to the A220's low fuel consumption and reduced emissions."

Smith describes the aircraft as "perfectly adapted" to Air France's domestic and European network.

Cirium's Fleets Analyzer shows Air France has 18 A318s and 33 A319s in service.

Air France-KLM also announced today that all 10 of its Airbus A380s will be retired by 2022, and that it has launched a study aimed at identifying replacements.

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