Boeing (NYSE: BA) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said they are celebrating the delivery of the airline´s first 787-9 Dreamliner.
Over the coming years the 787 will play a key role in the Dutch flag carrier´s fleet renewal and expansion. KLM acquired this airplane through leasing company AerCap.
In addition to this delivery, the Air France-KLM Group has 19 787-9s and six 787-10s on order and will lease 12 787s through AerCap. KLM will operate its first 787-9 on its Amsterdam — Abu Dhabi — Bahrain service.
The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly up to 20 percent more passengers and 23 percent more cargo farther yet with the same exceptional environmental performance — 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.
KLM was founded in 1919, and is the oldest airline still operating under its original name. Based at Amsterdam´s Schiphol Airport, KLM is part of the Air France-KLM Group and serves 135 destinations worldwide. Over the past half century KLM has taken delivery of more than 200 Boeing airplanes.