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AF/KLM orders 25 A350 at Le Bourget!

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  • AF/KLM orders 25 A350 at Le Bourget!

    Air France-KLM ordered 25 Airbus A350 jets on Wednesday, saying the wide-body plane that flew for the first time last week will be central to its plan to expand long-haul flights after years of struggling against discount carriers in Europe.

    The Air France deal is worth around $7.2 billion at list prices but customers can negotiate steep discounts. It's a major investment for the airline, which has posted operating losses over the past couple of years.
    So, very cool for the A350 program, no? Also, with such a diverse fleet - are the A350 and 787 really incompatible in the same fleet? I mean, couldn't an airline like AF that has both 777s and A340s, order and operate both 787s and A350s successfully?
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    Well, we won't have solid data until several variants are in service with various operators... but I certainly don't see why not.

    The A330+777 combo proved to be a winner with airlines all over the world. Don't see why a 787+A350 combo couldn't do the same.
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