KLM sayd farewell to its long serving McDonnell Douglas MD-11 three engine airliner, marking the end of regular intercontinental passenger traffic with the type worldwide. The aircraft made one of its last public appearances at the 2014 Royal Netherlands Air Force Days on 21 June 2014 at Gilze-Rijen Airbase, where the aircraft named Audrey Hepburn landed after two passes. (Image © Marcel Burger)

Sources: “Air France-KLM dodging new Boeing 777s”

European based airline Air France – KLM is planning to dodge acceptance of ten new Boeing 777s on order, sources say. The news is fuel for an increasing doubt if Boeing’s long-term plan for the Triple Seven will be as successful as the American aircraft manufacturer is saying.

So far it looks like Air France – KLM will keep its Boeing 747s longer in service, despite the fuel consumption of its four engines compared to the two power plants on the 777. The prices for kerosine are quite low, making the need of a new purchase less essential. Moreover, Boeing is expected to get quite a bit of competition of the new Airbus A350 XWB, a brand new airplane of which the development went unexpected smooth and the first delivery is planned for 22 December, to Qatar Airways.

Airheadsfly.com already reported in October about the financial difficulties for Air France – KLM, where the French part has largely depleted the consortium of its money over the decade of its combined existence, and the money-making Dutch airline KLM having to pay for it.

© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger

KLM sayd farewell to its long serving McDonnell Douglas MD-11 three engine airliner, marking the end of regular intercontinental passenger traffic with the type worldwide. The aircraft made one of its last public appearances at the 2014 Royal Netherlands Air Force Days on 21 June 2014 at Gilze-Rijen Airbase, where the aircraft named Audrey Hepburn landed after two passes. (Image © Marcel Burger)
KLM sayd farewell to its long serving McDonnell Douglas MD-11 three engine airliner, marking the end of regular intercontinental passenger traffic with the type worldwide. The aircraft made one of its last public appearances at the 2014 Royal Netherlands Air Force Days on 21 June 2014 at Gilze-Rijen Airbase, where the aircraft named Audrey Hepburn landed after two passes. (Image © Marcel Burger)