Boeing and AerCap delivered Air France’s first 787 – the 787-9, Boeing said Friday.
The airplane will be deployed on the airline’s Paris to Cairo route beginning in January. The plan also represents Boeing’s 500th 787 produced.
“It is with great pride and honor that Air France is taking delivery of its first Boeing 787, the ninth for Air France-KLM,” said Jean-Marc Janaillac, Air France-KLM’s chief executive officer, in a statement.
“Air France’s first e-enabled aircraft, the Dreamliner, marks a new stage in the modernization of our fleet. It will offer customers the best of Air France’s products and services.”
Air France KLM has ordered 18 787-9s and seven 787-10s with an additional 12 787-9s leased through AerCap.
The 787-9 incorporates the design of the 787-8 with features like large windows, large overhead bins, LED lighting, cleaner air, greater humidity at a higher pressure for improved comfort, and technology that senses and counters turbulence.
“We’re proud that Air France will be flying this milestone airplane, which shows they are an industry leader in customer service and passenger innovation,” said Boeing vice chairman Ray Conner, in a statement.
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