Airbus may defeat Boeing on KLM order – report

Dutch carrier is close to announcing an order for around 160 planes, with the A321neo ahead of the 737 MAX, according to Reuters

Boeing may be on the verge of losing a traditional customer, KLM. The Dutch carrier is expected to announce an order for around 160 single-aisle jets shortly and will decide between the 737 MAX series and the A30neo family.

But, according to Reuters sources, KLM would be inclined to close a deal with Airbus for A321neo aircraft, with large passenger capacity.

The Dutch airline intends to renew its fleet of medium-range jets in addition to expanding the operations of Transavia, a low-cost subsidiary that also operates in France.

Airbus A321neo

The three companies operate a vast fleet of Boeing 737NGs, hence early favoritism by the US planemaker. However, the aggressiveness of rival Airbus and its lineup of superior performance aircraft may have made a difference during the negotiations.

If confirmed, the choice of Airbus will be another blow to the battered Boeing. Although the Air France-KLM group owns aircraft from both suppliers, the Dutch partner has always shown a greater predilection for North American planes.

This situation occurred recently when the two companies promoted an exchange of A350 and 787 aircraft, with the Dreamliner being prioritized by KLM.


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