Air France-KLM has firmed an order for sixty A220-300s destined for Air France (AF, Paris CDG), becoming the largest European customer of the type, Airbus said in a press release.

"We are glad to see that Air France is endorsing the A220 as a great step towards fleet optimisation for large network carriers. The largest Airbus A220 order from a European carrier to date speaks volumes on Air France’s ambitious sustainability drive," Airbus Chief Commercial Officer Christian Scherer said.

The French airline previously announced the order as a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) in July thus year. The commitment also included 30 purchase rights and 30 options for the A220.

The first A220-300 is due to deliver to Air France in September 2021. Collectively, they will replace the eighteen A318-100s and thirty-three A319-100s the French currently operates.

Sister airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL, Amsterdam Schiphol) has selected Embraer aircraft for its own large regional jet needs. The carrier has twenty-one E195-E2s on firm order from the Brazilian manufacturer with the aircraft to be operated by KLM cityhopper (WA, Amsterdam Schiphol).