Air France CEO Alexandre de Juniac said one year ago that the firm order might sign “in the next few weeks”. In November/2012 he said: “It’s reasonable to think that the talks on A350s will be concluded in the first half of 2013”.
And now he confirms it:” We are making good progress in talks with Rolls-Royce and Airbus and we hope to reach a final agreement by the end of the first quarter".
Air France-KLM Group announced plans for the purchase of 25 A350 XWB aircraft in September/2011, together with the same number of Boeing 787. While the Boeing deal has been signed, Airbus is still waiting as Air France negotiates with engine supplier Rolls-Royce over maintenance. Engine selection in 787 order could be include -indirectly- in the agreement.