Air France-KLM has decided to split a landmark order for 100 long-haul carriers between Europe's Airbus and US rival Boeing, a press report said.

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Air France splits order between Airbus, Boeing

Air France-KLM has decided to split a landmark order for 100 long-haul carriers between Europe's Airbus and US rival Boeing, a press report said.

The giant Franco-Dutch airline will order 25 Airbus A350s and 25 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and take out similar options on each, La Tribune daily said in its edition due to appear on Friday.

The order has attracted huge attention in France where officials and politicians have favoured Airbus — whose major plant lies in Toulouse, in the south of the country — over Boeing, touching on sensitive ground as the two companies fight it out.

La Tribune said Air France-KLM management will meet on Wednesday to make the decision which will then be announced in September.

The airline declined to comment when contacted by AFP about a high-profile order worth billions of dollars.

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New flights to south of France launched by Jet2

The low-cost British airline Jet2 has announced it will begin operating new services between the UK and southern France, starting in the summer of 2022.

New flights to south of France launched by Jet2
Flights will operate from May 1st 2022. Photo: AFP

When travelling is possible again, getting to Toulouse from the north-west of England is set to become much easier with the launch of new flights from Manchester Airport.

Jet2 already flies to Bergerac, La Rochelle and Nice. The company announced the new destination in response to demand for summer 2022 holidays.

Flights to the “Pink City” in south west France will operate from May 1st until October 16th 2022.

“Since putting our Summer 2022 programme on sale from Manchester Airport, we have added a significant number of flights and destinations in response to the demand from customers who want to get their all-important holidays booked in,” Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said in a press release.

Since the British government announced a lockdown roadmap on Tuesday, with plans to end England restrictions by June 21st, the company has begun to see a surge in bookings.

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However the present rules on entry into France from the UK are the strictest they have ever been, with virtually no travel allowed between the two countries and no end-date to the current restrictions.

Jet2 plans to reopen its services in mid-May.

“Following the UK government announcement that international travel will not return until May 17th 2021 at the earliest, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 16th May 2021,” Jet2 said on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/jet2tweets/status/1364188796506562561

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