PARIS, FRANCE — As part of its ongoing efforts to enhance economic and environmental performance, Air France-KLM has announced a new firm order for four Airbus A350F freighter planes to be used by Martinair for KLM Cargo. This move is part of the airline's continuing fleet renewal initiative.

The new planes will replace the current Boeing 747Fs used by the Air France-KLM Group and will be based at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The delivery of the aircraft is slated for the second half of 2026, making both Air France and KLM early adopters of the A350F full freighter. This latest order follows a December 2021 order for four Airbus A350Fs for Air France.

The Airbus A350F, equipped with the latest technological advancements and powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines, offers significantly improved environmental performance with over a 40% decrease in CO2 emissions compared to the Boeing 747F.

Along with the A350Fs, The Franco-Dutch Group has placed a firm order for three additional Airbus A350-900 widebody passenger jets for Air France, bringing the total number of A350-900 orders for Air France to 41.

The new Airbus A350s, which are set to replace older widebodies in the airline's fleet, will be based at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and offer a three-class configuration, including Business, Premium Economy, and Economy. Delivery of the planes is expected in 2024.

As of December 31, 2022, Air France-KLM had a fleet of 506 planes, including six full freighters.