MIAMI — Air France has taken delivery today of its first 787-9, which also happens to be the 500th Dreamliner rolled out from the Boeing production lines.

The aircraft (F-HRBA • MSN 38769 • LN 500) arrived today at the airline’s base at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 08:52 local, after a nine hour and a half flight from Paine Field. The Air France-KLM Group has ordered 18 787-9s and seven 787-10s, with an additional dozen of 787-9s leased through AerCap.

“It is with great pride and honor that Air France is taking delivery of its first Boeing 787, the 9th for Air France-KLM,” said Jean-Marc Janaillac, CEO, Air France-KLM.

Air France’s Dreamliners will accommodate up to 276 passengers, arranged in 3 classes: 30 in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 225 in Economy Class.

The arrival of Air France’s first 787-9 is another milestone of the carrier’s renewal plans of its long-haul fleet. This year, Air France phased out its Boeing 747-400 fleet, and is planning to retire the Airbus A340-300 fleet as more Dreamliners join the fleet, further complemented with the introduction of the Airbus A350-900 in 2018.

The incorporation of these new aircraft will enable Air France to optimize costs, while upgrading its products and services amid a stiff competition against low-cost long-haul carriers, while keeping the pace with the Middle East and Asian carriers.

Air France is set to introduce the 787-9 into service with a series of ‘Welcome Flights’ to take place on January 7-8, followed by its first revenue service from Paris to Cairo on January 9.