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Fleet modernization, the first lever in the Group’s decarbonization

In parallel with the use of sustainable aviation fuels and eco-piloting, the renewal of our fleet with cleaner and more fuel-efficient aircraft is the first lever in the Group’s decarbonization trajectory which is targeting net zero emissions by 2050.

64%

of new generation aircraft in the group's fleet by 2028

-15%

lower average CO2 emissions on new generation aircraft.

A major plan to renew our fleet

In 2021, the public health crisis and its economic impact, the Air France-KLM Board of Directors approved some major strategic investments reflecting our ambition to improve our economic and environmental performance. A firm order was thus placed for 100 latest-generation aircraft (Airbus A320neo), accompanied by purchase rights for a further 60 aircraft, to renew the KLM and Transavia fleets. Compared with previous-generation aircraft, these new aircraft will enable a significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, of the order of 15%. In 2021, the Group also took delivery of six Airbus A220s of a total order for 60 aircraft, 13 Airbus A350s of an order for 38 and seven Embraer 195-E2s of an order for 25, amongst the most efficient aircraft in their respective categories.

-20%

reduction in fuel consumption with the Airbus A220

-25%

reduction in fuel consumption with the Airbus A350

-9%

reduction in fuel consumption with the Embraer 195-E2

  • New generation aircraft: A350

  • New generation aircraft: A220

Percentage of new generation aircraft in the Air France-KLM fleet

10%

2021

15.60%

2022

40%

2025

64%

2028

Being a frontrunner in innovation and support for research and development

Air France-KLM is mobilizing the industry and is committed to research and development into innovative solutions notably in the area of design and aeronautics and engine maintenance.

The PROGNOS solution

Deployed by Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, is a predictive analysis program based on harnessing big data technologies to offer an effective and innovative aeronautics maintenance service. The environmental benefits of PROGNOS are numerous:

Electric aircraft : an integral part of future pilot training

Our airlines are not only playing a pioneering role in the new technologies but are also investing in the training of their future pilots on electrically-powered aircraft. In March 2021, Air France became the first airline in the world to introduce the Velis Electro aircraft for the training of its future pilots. Similarly, KLM’s future pilots have realized their first flying hours in electrically-powered aircraft in collaboration with the E-Flight Academy at Teuge Airport.

AZEA Alliance for Zero-Emission Aviation

Air France-KLM participates in AZEA. The objective of this Alliance is to prepare the market for the entry into service of zero-emission aircraft (which aligns with the Airbus Zero-e announcements). The novel propulsion technologies used by such aircraft will have a profound impact not only on aircraft design, but also on the fuels and airport infrastructures they require and on the way they are operated.

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