Airlines KLM orders two additional Boeing 777 jets for long-haul operations

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing and KLM have announced, that the carrier will add two further Boeing 777s to its fleet.

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A contract was signed between KLM and Boeing this week. The two additional B777-300ER aircraft will complement the growing long-haul fleet of the airline. KLM seeks to furthermore expand its international route network.

The new purchase will grow the fleet of KLM´s 777 to over 30 aircraft. This allows the airline to operate with the needed flexibility and capacity. According to current list prices, the order is valued at approximately US$ 751 million.

Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company commented: "KLM is one of the world's leading network carriers and an aviation pioneer and we are delighted the airline has once again selected the Boeing 777-300ER to strengthen its long-haul fleet for the future [...] KLM's continuing interest in the 777-300ERs shows the enduring appeal and value of the 777, thanks to its outstanding operating economics, superior performance and popularity among passengers."

KLM has configured its 777 fleet with 408 seats. 34 passengers can be accommodated in world business class and 40 in economy comfort. In economy class, 334 passengers can be welcomed. Economy class is configured in a 3-4-3 seating arrangement.

Boeing´s popular B777-300ER can fly up to 7,370 nautical miles (13,650 kilometres) and is one of the most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the industry. According to Boeing, the worldwide fleet has a schedule reliability of 99.5 percent.

The national carrier of the Netherlands currently flies with a fleet of 29 Boeing 777s, including 15 B777-200s and 14 B777-300s. The aircraft has been the backbone for international and long-haul routes since more than 10 years. This latest purchase agreement underlines the airline´s satisfaction with the aircraft.

As being the flag-carrier airline, KLM is the largest carrier in the Netherlands. The airline was founded in October 1919 and has its main operational hub at Amsterdam Schiphol airport. The 120 aircraft strong fleet consists of 13 Airbus A330s, 51 Boeing B737s, 13 B747s, 29 B777s and 14 B787s. Subsidiary airline KLM Cityhopper flies with 17 Embraer ERJ-170s and 32 ERJ-190s.

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