In a triple celebration, Boeing has delivered the 500th 787 Dreamliner to roll off its production lines.
The aircraft, F-HRBA (c/n 38769), is also the first 787-9 for Air France and the 50th example for Netherlands-based lessor AerCap. The Air France-KLM Group has ordered a total of 18 787-9s and seven -10s, with an additional 12 -9s being leased through AerCap, which holds the world’s largest orderbook for the type with 83 examples either in service or on order (22 -8s and 61 -9s).
Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO, Air France-KLM commented: “It is with great pride and honour that Air France is taking delivery of its first Boeing 787, the ninth for the Group. This is our first e-enabled aircraft, the Dreamliner marks a new stage in the modernisation of our fleet. It will offer our customers the best of Air France’s products and services.”
The aircraft arrived at Paris/Charles de Gaulle on December 2 and will undergo crew training , including four special “welcome flights” around the French capital on January 7 and 8, before entering scheduled service on the flag carrier’s Paris-Cairo route from January 9.