16 JANUARY 2012

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Article from BTNews 16 JANUARY 2012

Boeing wins Air France-KLM order

Air France-KLM Group has finalized an order for 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, plus options, first announced last October.  As of today (16 January 2012) the Chicago-headquartered company has mustered 860 firm bookings for the 787 and delivered three.

"By making the 787 a key part of its fleet renewal, Air France-KLM strengthens its position as a worldwide leader," said Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.  "Reaction to the Dreamliner's entry into service has been phenomenal and we look forward to seeing passengers of Air France-KLM fly on this revolutionary airplane."

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is a slightly larger version of the 787-8 and will carry 250-290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750km).  The plane uses 20% less fuel than today's similarly sized aircraft and operates at around Mach 0.85, making it slightly quicker, a useful bonus on routes that can be up to 14 hours.  Two-thirds of 787 orders are for the 787-8. www.boeing.com/commercial

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