We are pursuing a proactive policy of fleet renewal and modernization, thereby contributing to the improvement in the fleet´s energy efficiency and a reduction in its environmental footprint. 2019 marked the entry of the three first A350-900s into the Air France fleet.
On May 20th 2020, in the context of the current COVID-19 crisis and its impact on anticipated activity levels, the Air France-KLM Group announced the definitive end of Air France Airbus A380 operations. Initially scheduled by the end of 2022, the phase-out of A380 fleet fits in the Group fleet simplification strategy of making the fleet more competitive, by continuing its transformation with more modern, high-performance aircraft with a significantly reduced environmental footprint. A380 will be replaced by new generation aircraft, including Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, whose deliveries are ongoing. Air France also placed an order for ten more A350-900s and 60 A200-300s, thereby accelerating the renewal of its fleet and anticipating the phasing out of less-energy-efficient aircraft.
In the next period, fleet modernization results in phasing out of KLM´s B747-400s and replacing them with B787-10s, and in the ongoing growth in the A350-900 fleet within Air France. The introduction of an A220-300 for Air France as of 2021 and the EMB 195 E2 for KLM will also enable the modernization of the Group´s short and medium-haul fleet.