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​Air France takes delivery of first 787

Air France has taken delivery of its first Boeing Dreamliner, a 787-9 on long-term lease from AerCap.

AerCap says the 787 is the 50th of the type it has in its portolfio.

The widebody will be deployed on Air France’s Paris to Cairo route, starting in January 2017.

“We are delighted to be a part of this significant milestone for both Air France and Boeing,” says AerCap’s chief Aengus Kelly. “AerCap is the world’s largest lessor of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, with over 80 aircraft owned and on order."

“Air France's first e-enabled aircraft, the Dreamliner, marks a new stage in the modernization of our fleet. It will offer customers the best of Air France's products and services,” says Air France-KLM chief executive Jean-Marc Janaillac.

The Air France-KLM Group has ordered a total of 18 787-9s and seven 787-10s, with an additional 12 787-9s leased through AerCap, the lessor says.

The carrier is currently seeking financing for its first owned Dreamliner, which is set to deliver in April.

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