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KLM Reveals New Livery To Dress Its New Airbus A321neo Planes

Many airlines have been taking delivery of new ultra efficient Airbus A321neo in the past months. Some airlines have chosen to upgrade the aircraft’s interiors with new cabins, like ITA Airways did, other as KLM decided to dress the aircraft with an updated livery.

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The New Updated KLM Livery for the New Airbus A321neo Planes

To be totally honest with you the new livery doesn’t look that much different with the prior version. Therefore I would classify it as an updated livery rather than a new livery. The colours present on the plane remain the same. Blue is the dominant color with a white area present under the belly of the plane and on the vertical stabiliser.

The main change to the livery when comparing it to the previous version is how the white wave stretches under the aircraft’s belly. There is no longer any white making its way to the aircraft’s nose dome. It stops much before there, approximately before the cockpit. Therefore the nose dome is entirely blue now, with the cockpit outlined in black, as often is the case with the neo families of Airbus planes.

The new livery will be applied to the first Airbus A321neo to be delivered to the airline. The time frame for that event is a few months down the road.

KLM Airbus A321neo con la nuova livrea aggiornata del 2024

Image by KLM.com

The Advantages For The Airline

Apart from having a more modern feel and look, the new livery offers one main advantage to the airline. Because the nose dome is painted in one color, it means it is easier to apply the paint to spare parts, hence simplifying the replacement with spare parts while maintaining the color scheme intact.

Which Routes Will the New KLM A321neo Fly?

We still don’t know officially what the configuration will be, however I would imagine that it’ll be a one class, economy, layout from how it has been described. Business class will be created by blocking the middle seat in the forward section of the cabin, as often happens nowadays in Europe.

As for the routes the aircraft will serve once it enters service with KLM, the first will be:

  • Stockholm
  • Copenhagen
  • Berlin

The words of KLM’s CEO on the New A321neo

The arrival of the A321neo marks a major upgrade of our European fleet. It is 50% quieter and generates 15% fewer carbon emissions than the aircraft it is replacing, making this an important step towards cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient aviation.

Marjan Rintel, CEO KLM

The arrival of this plane is quite a significant shift for the Dutch airline. Until now the carrier has used almost exclusively Boeing narrow body planes in its main line (therefore excluding CityHopper). Specifically KLM used until now the Boeing 737 in its NG variants. For its new generation of narrow bodies the choice has gone with Airbus and its ultra efficient A320neo family of planes. Possibly the carrier has wanted to stay clear of the uncertainty surrounding the Boeing 737 MAX planes. Although Airbus also has had its problems, particularly with the PW GTF engines, it’s the more consolidated and reliable option.

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