10 Jan '12, 12pm

@[email protected] orders 25 @BoeingAirplanes 787 Dreamliners - from @ChannelNewsAsia

@AirFranceFR-@KLM orders 25 @BoeingAirplanes 787 Dreamliners - from @ChannelNewsAsia

PARIS: Air France-KLM on Tuesday confirmed it is to buy 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, part of a major order for 50 long-haul carriers split with European rival Airbus announced last year. "Air France-KLM confirms the signing with Boeing of a firm order contract to acquire 25 Boeing 787-9s and 25 options to buy," a spokesman told AFP. The planes are part of an order for 50 aircraft agreed in September worth US$12 billion (9.4 billion euros), with delivery between 2016 and 2026. The deal includes options to purchase a further 60 aircraft, making the order potentially worth US$27 billion. "The first Boeing 787-9 will enter service with KLM in 2016 and then with Air France later," the spokesman said. Negotiations are also underway with British engine manufacturer Rolls Royce as part of finalising the purchase of Airbus A350-900s, the direct rival to the 787, he said. Air France...

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