Amsterdam - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has postponed the arrival of seven Airbus A350-900 expected for one year.
In June 2013 Air France-KLM announced an order for 25 A350-900 with many options. Seven aircraft are already intended for the Dutch national carrier. But after a first postponement announced in January 2017 for the year 2020 (one year by Air France, therefore), KLM again postponed their entry into service. This time to 2021 at the earliest.
As a consequence of the postponement, the current 12 Boeing 747 in the fleet will remain in service one year longer than expected.
In the second quarter of this year, KLM has replaced three Boeing 747 with 787-9 Dreamliners.
Deliveries of the A350-900s to KLM should now be spread between 2021 and 2023. Airbus listings still show seven A350-900 for KLM, as well as 21 for Air France. In this case, low-cost long-haul operator Joon will be the first group subsidiary to operate the A350-900 from 2019-2020 winter season.