Netherlands’ KLM Royal Dutch airlines has received its first 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing.

The delivery is a part of KLM’s aim to expand and revamp its fleet. The delivery was made via leasing company AerCap.

The 787-9 will be flown on KLM’s Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain service route.

KLM president Pieter Elbers said: "This aircraft symbolises a new phase in the future of KLM.

"Investment in our customers is one of our priorities. This efficient aircraft is part of that investment."

"This aircraft symbolises a new phase in the future of KLM."

Boeing has an order of 19 787-9s and six 787-10s from Air France-KLM, which is a holding company of the Franco-Dutch airline.

Air France-KLM expects to lease 12 787s through AerCap.

KLM was founded in 1919 and has taken delivery of more than 200 Boeing aircraft.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes European Sales vice-president Todd Nelp said: "The KLM brand is synonymous with innovation, reliability and outstanding customer service, which will be perfectly complemented by the addition of the 787 to the airline’s fleet."

Boeing’s 787-9 is an expansion of its 787 family, which features a 20ft long fuselage compared to its predecessor 787-8. The 787-9 can carry up to 20% more passengers and 23% extra cargo. The aircraft uses 20% less fuel and offers a 20% reduction in emissions.

In October, Boeing signed an order with El Al Israel Airlines for up to nine 787 Dreamliners, valued at more than $2.2bn. El Al will also lease six 787s from independent leasing companies.

Image: KLM Royal Dutch received its first 787-9 Dreamliner from Boeing. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.