KLM and Transavia’s future Airbus A320neo and A321neo (Photo: Airbus)
The decision to acquire 100 aircraft (order confirmed) and a possible option for 60 additional aircraft from Airbus demonstrates the desire of the French-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM
to modernize its fleet. In particular, it is concerned with reducing its environmental footprint.
According to the joint press release from the two companies, the aircraft ordered – Airbus A320neo and A321neo – will reduce operating costs by an average of more than 10%. In terms of fuel consumption, the reduction will even reach 15%. The noise impact will also be 50% lower than similar models in service.
The order is a blow to Boeing, which until now has equipped the short-haul fleets of KLM and Transavia. The order from Airbus will finally enable the group to harmonize all the fleets serving Europe between Air France
, KLM and Transavia. It also confirms the increasingly important role that Transavia, a low-cost airline, is playing in the Franco-Dutch group’s strategy.
The configuration of the aircraft has not yet been decided. But it should be announced soon. Indeed, the first aircraft should begin operations in the second half of 2023.
Transavia sets up in Marseille on domestic routes
Note that Transavia France has just launched two weekly flights between Lyon and Budapest. Although the route only exists over the Christmas period, it is a first for the company.
According to the first announcements of its summer program, Transavia France will connect Marseille from Lille and Rennes. It will also offer new routes from Nantes to Figari and Oujda (Morocco). From Montpellier, it will serve Mykonos in Greece.
From Paris-Orly, Transavia will inaugurate eight new routes from the end of March: Bilbao, Cephalonia and Skiathos (Greece), Yerevan, Glasgow, Ljubljana, La Palma, Podgorica and Ponta Delgada (Azores). The carrier expects to operate a fleet of 61 aircraft compared to 50 last summer.
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