Toulouse - The first Airbus A350-900 for Air France is nearing completion. The aircraft, without the engines and and no livery on the hull, has been spotted out of the assembly line in Toulouse.
The French flag carrier is expected to receive its first Airbus A350-900 this year in September.
Air France-KLM has a total of 28 Airbus A350-900 on order with the European aircraft manufacturer, of which 21 are intended for Air France and seven for KLM.
But according to the Dutch aviation news portal Luchtvaartnieuws.nl, all ordered Airbus A350s will go to Air France, and six Boeing 787 Dreamliners that were actually intended for the French operator will go to KLM. The site says it cites this information to a reliable source.
Airbus's revamped new generation widebodies will primarily replace the outdated Airbus A340-300s and Boeing 777-200ERs in the long-haul fleet of the French carrier.