Amsterdam, Netherlands - KLM's first Boeing 787-10 arrived at the Schiphol International airport around 8.30 a.m. on June 30.
The aircraft was originally scheduled to arrive on June 29 and be present at the opening ceremony of the Dutch flag carrier's 100th-year celebrations, but it missed it due to a last-minute delay.
It often happens that the delivery process of an aircraft is slightly delayed due to its complexity and the administrative procedures, KLM CEO Pieter Elbers told the Dutch aviation news portal Luchtvaart Nieuws.
According to the sources within the Dutch company, the cause of the delay was the certification of the fuel tank sealing, which was not well documented, so the aircraft was not allowed for delivery.
With this delivery, KLM became the first airline in Europe to receive the largest variant of the Dreamliner family.
The aircraft is registered as PH-BKA and baptized as "Orange blossom". To celebrate the airline's 100th anniversary, it features a special inscription on its livery.
The 787-10 is almost 20 ft (six meters) longer than the 787-9 and can, therefore, carry 50 passengers more. KLM's first 787-10 is configured to accommodate up to 344 passengers, including 38 in Business Class.
Air France and KLM exchange remaining orders for Dreamliners and A350s
KLM and its French partner Air France are pursuing a standardization strategy for their long-haul fleets. To this end, Air France-KLM Group decided to exchange their remaining orders for the Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s.
Both carriers aim to reduce their operating costs and accelerate their growth through the harmonization of aircraft types in their fleets.
The implementation of the exchange between the two airlines means that the remaining six Boeing 787 on order for Air France will be transferred to KLM and seven Airbus A350-900 also on order will be transferred to Air France between 2021 and 2023.
Air France will receive its first Airbus A350-900 in September. The aircraft has already rolled-out of the paint shop in Toulouse.
The French carrier has 20 A350-900 in its order book in addition to the seven A350-900 that will be transferred from the KLM's order book.
KLM's Dreamliner fleet will reach 21 Boeing 787 by 2021 including six Dreamliners that will be transferred from the French carrier's order book.