KLM A321neo

KLM’s Airbus A321neo will debut new livery

First A320neo family aircraft will begin services in August to Copenhagen, Berlin and Stockholm

KLM revealed on Tuesday a new exterior paint scheme that will debut with the Airbus A321neo, the Dutch carrier’s latest acquisition.

The painting maintains the traditional blue on the upper part of the fuselage but has been extended to the entire nose of the jet.

According to KLM, the new scheme will benefit situations in which it is necessary to replace the nosedome, which covers the aircraft’s radar. Currently, because it is painted in more than one tone, a replacement piece often ends up out of alignment with the rest of the painting.

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KLM will also adopt the “black mask” that surrounds the cockpit windows, which resemble sunglasses.

The first of 30 KLM A321neos will be delivered in the coming months and is scheduled to debut in August.

KLM’s A321neo old and the new livery

It’s the start of a major change to the Dutch carrier’s fleet of narrow-body jets, which will see it replace its current Boeing 737s with rival Airbus model.

KLM's A321neo old and new livery
The old and the new paint scheme (KLM/Airbus)

According to the company, passengers will have “a greater level of comfort thanks to the A321neo’s wider seats, larger tray tables and spacious luggage bins. Each seat is equipped with a tablet holder and a USB port, and there is multi-colored ‘mood lighting ‘ that adjusts at every stage of the flight.”

The first destinations from Amsterdam will be Copenhagen, Berlin and Stockholm, but the A321neo’s great range should allow KLM to introduce more distant routes in the future.

“The arrival of the A321neo marks a major upgrade of our European fleet. It is 50% quieter and generates 15% fewer carbon emissions than the aircraft it is replacing, making this an important step towards cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient aviation,” said Marjan Rintel, CEO of KLM.


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