The French flag carrier is moving forward with an agreement to purchase several new A350 model aircraft.

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The French flag carrier is moving forward with an agreement to purchase several new A350 model aircraft.

The deal, reportedly worth some $7 billion (GBP 4.55 billion) at list prices, was officially placed on Wednesday after a prolonged hold due to a row over who would produce the engines for the forthcoming aircraft. The news comes nearly two years after Air France announced intentions to buy 25 of the A350 wide-body jets.

Wednesday also saw Airbus officials announce at the Paris Air Show that Rolls Royce is to produce the model’s power plants.

Meanwhile, the Paris-based airline and its Dutch counterpart KLM have recently announced a new codeshare agreement with Indian carrier Jet Airways, which will allow the two firms to launch a new codeshare scheme.

The two carriers say the deal will allow passengers on both airlines to enjoy better connection in regional networks in South Asia and Europe.

Pieter Elbers, chief operating officer for KLM, said in a statement that the move was considered a key part of creating strategic value for his company.

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