I don't think KLM is shrinking their longhaul fleet. As I posted this a couple of days ago on another thread in this forum. Forgive me for copy/pasting this in...Hope it answers your questions.
Maybe you can help me out with some questions that I had in the same posting:
KLM's 12 ship operational 747-300 fleet consists of:
2x Full Freighters
2x Full Pax --> 26 Bus.Class, 436 Ec.Class
8x Combi --> 44 Bus.Class, 247 Ec.Class, and 7 full size pallets on Main Deck.
So it looks like the eight ordered 777-200ER will replace the eight Combi's one-on-one. For pax numbers the 777-200 comes quite close to the -300 Combi.
Three 747-400ERF will come in to replace the two Full Freighters and provide additional capacity to accomodate the lost -300Combi cargo capacity. Although I'm not sure if the -300F will be replaced...if so, this then leaves only one 747-400ERF to replace the cargo capacity of 8 -300Combis [= 8x7 = 56 pallets, how many pallets can one 747-400ERF hold, I believe 24 or so?]. But then again, I underfloor cargo capacity for the 777 is larger than that of the 747.
BTW: Does KLM still use outsourced cargo capacity [Atlas Air]? It appears that KLM is no longer using Atlas Air.
This leaves the 2x Full Pax -300 [462 pax] replacement open for discussion, although these might be replaced by the 3 still outstanding 747-400 orders.
Considering the M11/767 replacement: Will this be announced by early May?? It took them only 5 years or so to decide on the 747-300 replacement...Will they do this within a couple of weeks for the 767/M11? I'm curious though...How about a 777Combi instead of the A330...
Will the wingspan of the A330 or 777 fit within the M11 footprint? At Schiphol, gates E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E7 serve NW D10's and KL 767/M11's. I thought that the M11 is the largest aircraft that these gates can handle...Will the 777 or A330 fit in these gates?
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