EUROPE: KLM orders US$716 million in new aircraft

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, part of the Air France/KLM Group, has placed an order for additional Boeing 737 and 777 aircraft. The airline will add three Next-Generation B737-700s and two B777-300ERs (Extended Range) to its fleet. KLM also took options on one additional B737 and two additional B777s. The order is worth approximately US$716 million […]


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, part of the Air France/KLM Group, has placed an order for additional Boeing 737 and 777 aircraft. The airline will add three Next-Generation B737-700s and two B777-300ERs (Extended Range) to its fleet. KLM also took options on one additional B737 and two additional B777s. The order is worth approximately US$716 million at catalog prices.

With today’s announcement, the airline has six B777-300ERs on direct order with Boeing and is scheduled to take delivery of its first of this model in the first quarter of 2008. KLM currently operates a fleet of 15 B777-200ERs in a combination of leases and direct purchases.

The carrier also signed a contract with Airbus for the acquisition of two further A330-200s, bringing their total A330 fleet to 12 aircraft.