Air France To Restart Plane Order Talks

May 26, 2010

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Air France-KLM plans to start negotiations later this year to buy 100-150 long-haul aircraft worth up to USD$38 billion at list prices, La Tribune newspaper reported on Wednesday.

"We are going to restart negotiations with Airbus and Boeing in the autumn. We could make an order in 2011 at the earliest," the paper quoted a senior Air France manager as saying.

Air France-KLM has its eye on the Boeing 787-900 version and the Airbus A350-900 to replace its A330s, A340s, 777-200s and MD11s, the paper said.

The carrier is also weighing up the A350-1000 and the new version of the 777-300 to replace its existing 777-300s and 747-400s, La Tribune said.