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Air France-KLM, easyJet, IAG, Lufthansa Group and Ryanair call for a new EU Aviation Strategy

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The CEOs of Europe’s five largest airline groups – Air France-KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group and Ryanair – met collectively for the first time today (June 17) and agreed to work together to lobby for the development of a new EU Aviation Strategy that will support growth and jobs across Europe, strengthen the sector and give Europe’s passengers lower fares and more choice.

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The meeting took place (in Brussels) in response to the new EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s consultation on a new EU Aviation Strategy. The five agreed a vision for this strategy that would match the revolution in aviation that the liberalization of Europe’s airline sector created a generation ago, through the creation of the internal aviation market.

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The five airlines identified four measures that would support the Commission‘s objectives of enhancing the competitiveness of the European air transport industry both at European and international level, supporting growth and jobs across Europe and which would help consumers through the provision of more flights and lower fares.
These measures are:

The development of an EU Aviation strategy with a plan for a simple efficient regulatory structure, which would strengthen the competitiveness of European airlines, ensure jobs and growth through innovation (e.g. Horizon 2020), protect consumer interests and promote more efficiency to reduce costs.

Lowering the cost of the EU’s airports by ensuring that monopoly airports are effectively regulated; ensuring that passengers receive the full benefit of the commercial revenues which they create at airports; and that security charges are efficient. This could be achieved by reforming the Airport Charges Directive.

Delivering reliable and efficient airspace by reducing the cost of ATC provision; ensuring that ATC strikes do not cause disruption to passengers across Europe; resetting the Single European Sky strategy by focusing on using new technology to make efficiency savings; and using SESAR funding to drive compliance with the Single Sky framework.
Stimulating more economic activity and jobs by creating the right regulatory environment, removing passenger taxes and unreasonable environmental taxes.

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The five CEOs – Alexandre de Juniac, Carolyn McCall, Willie Walsh, Carsten Spohr and Michael O’Leary – outlined their vision:

“Europe’s airlines form the most competitive sector in aviation with a diverse mix of carriers offering competition and choice to consumers.This is the first time we have set aside our competitive battles to highlight the importance of a new European Aviation Strategy.

The liberalization of aviation in Europe in the 1990’s, creating a fully liberalized single market with a comprehensive common regulatory framework 18 years ago, strongly enhanced competition across Europe.As a result, consumers have benefited with substantially lower fares and more routes across Europe and to the rest of the world. At the same time, EU airlines have maintained leading safety standards. The range and quality of services have increased and airline costs have fallen by 1 – 2% per year for the last two decades.

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We believe that this decline should now be matched by a reduction in those costs which airlines do not control themselves. “As the new Transport Commissioner prepares a new Aviation Strategy for Europe she must drive more competition, encourage more efficiency and help reduce costs in other parts of our industry (such as monopoly airports and Air Traffic Control providers) and reduce the tax burden on passengers.”

Aviation is a proven driver of economic growth and jobs. The proposed measures will create many hundreds of thousands of jobs – particularly for young people, at a time of high youth unemployment in countries such as Italy or Spain – and increase Europe’s GDP. The group will write to the EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc asking for these measures to be put in place.

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Alongside the proposed policy positions the five CEO’s confirmed their support for several key principles and action items which should underpin EU aviation policy. The most important of these is the commitment to safety and ensuring that safety standards are developed based on a risk based scientific assessment.

The CEOs confirmed their support for the liberalization of the whole aviation value chain and for pro-competition policy and regulation within the EU. They also confirmed their opposition to the provision of State-aid, as a general principle, to airlines and airports. They agreed that EU and national regulation and policies should support the efficient delivery of services, and that this includes the need for efficient operations to minimise the environmental impact of aviation. The importance of balanced consumer rights was also underlined; EU and national policies need to ensure that consumer rights are respected.

The CEOs agreed to work together to encourage the Commission and EU member states to take up the proposed measures. The five airlines agreed that airline representation in Brussels today is not as effective as it could be – with six airline representative organisations – and agreed to explore possible forms of future representation.

The five airlines between them carried a total of 420 million passengers in 2014, accounting for half of the passenger journeys in Europe.

Video: KLM Jets – Real World Connection

New video from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: Jets links gaming to real life and helps passengers to be at their gate on time. Using beacon technology available at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol gamers are rewarded ingame when being on time. Jets is available now on the Apple Store via http://klmf.ly/1Afmsuk and Google Play Store via http://klmf.ly/1JrXpq3.

Alitalia to end its Air France-KLM partnership

Alitalia (Societa Aerea Italiana) (3rd) (Rome) has a new growing relationship with partner Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi). This expanding partnership with the Gulf carrier has made the older Air France-KLM (Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) (Paris and Amsterdam) relationship less important. As a result, Alitalia has decided to withdraw from the Air France-KLM partnership at the end of 2016. Will it also leave SkyTeam? The Italian airline issued this statement:

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Alitalia SAI has announced that it will not renew its partnership agreement and ancillary joint ventures agreements with Air France-KLM when they come up for renewal in 2017.

The agreements govern passenger services operated by the three carriers between Italy and France (and beyond), and between Italy and the Netherlands (and beyond), as well as the marketing, sales and distribution of Alitalia Cargo belly services undertaken by Air France-KLM.

The original agreements were concluded with Alitalia CAI (Compagnie Aerea Italiana) in 2009 and 2010 under very different economic circumstances, and were subsequently transferred to Alitalia SAI in January 2015.

Silvano Cassano, CEO of Alitalia, said: “These agreements are no longer beneficial, either commercially or strategically, to the new Alitalia and its ambitious turnaround plan. They were negotiated when Alitalia was in a very different position, with the result that the agreements in their current forms favor the other party.

“They are undermining our ability to restructure our network and the airline effectively to achieve the long term sustainability of our business.

“The new Alitalia is in a new position. Our business needs agreements which deliver equitable value to each party.

“For Italy and for Alitalia, our first priority is to win back the inbound tourism market, while better serving Italian leisure and business travellers.

“In our plans we also want to deliver up-to-date cargo solutions to the Italian manufacturing industry, the second largest in Europe, which has growing needs to export goods worldwide.

“We have indicated to Air France-KLM that we are willing to discuss more equitable arrangements that benefit all the parties involved, but thus far we have been unable to achieve this result.

“We remain open to further discussions to achieve a mutually acceptable solution. However in the interest of transparency and certainty for all parties, we felt it necessary to announce our intention not to renew these agreements under the present conditions.”

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KLM to introduce the Boeing 787-9 on October 25

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has updated its planned Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner routes according to Airline Route. The airline is now planning to introduce the new type on the Amsterdam – Abu Dhabi – Bahrain route on October 25. This will be followed by Amsterdam – Cairo on November 30, Amsterdam – Quito -Guayaquil on December 2, Amsterdam – Xiamen on December 3, Amsterdam – Fukuoka on February 28, 2016, Amsterdam – Rio de Janeiro on March 1, 2016 and finally Amsterdam – Chengdu on March 27, 2016.

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KLM unveils its newest Boeing 777-300 ER in the new livery and new interior

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) welcomed its newest Boeing 777-300 featuring an all-new interior in its World Business Class and Economy Class. The exterior has already been decorated in the new company livery.

The new video below shows footage of the arrival and various features on board. KLM President and CEO Pieter Elbers gives a short rundown of the fleet renewal program, including the arrival of KLM’s first Boeing 787-9 in October.

Top Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVN (msn 44459) was handed over officially on March 27 and it is named Tijuca National Park – Nationaal Park Tijuca.

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Video Below: KLM. KLM welcomed its newest Boeing 777-300 featuring an all-new interior in its World Business Class and Economy Class. The exterior has already been decorated in the new company livery.

KLM will now launch new service to Edmonton on May 19

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) was due to commence a new route to Edmonton on May 5, but the new route was postponed. Now the company will launch the new route with Airbus A330-200 equipment under flight numbers KL 675 and KL 676 on May 19. Flights to Edmonton will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and, from June 26, on Fridays.

The flight from Amsterdam departs at 14:45 hours and lands in Edmonton at 15:45 hours local time. The return flight departs at 18:10 hours from Edmonton and lands the next day at 10:45 hours in Amsterdam.

In other news, KLM has relaunched scheduled service to Bogota and Cali, Colombia. KLM now serves eleven destinations in Latin America and expanded its network to a total of 67 intercontinental destinations. KLM served Bogota from October 1992 through March 1995.

Finally KLM and Air France will adopt the EASA “two persons in the cockpit” rule in the wake of the tragic Germanwings accident. KLM issued this short statement:

The Agency recommends the operators to issue a safety and security risks assessment in order to require at least two persons in the flight crew compartment or guarantee an equivalent safety level. As previously announced, this recommendation followed a consultation of operators including Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Both KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France will implement the recommendations of EASA as soon as possible.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-203 PH-AOE (msn 770) with the special “95 Years” logo taxies at the Amsterdam hub.

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Martinair to further reduce its freighter fleet by June 2016, the MD-11Fs to be retired

Martinair Cargo (Amsterdam) will scale back its freighter fleet by June 2016 and will continue as a freighter operator for the Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo group using three Boeing 747-400 ERFs and a Boeing 747-400 BCF. This means the remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighters will be phased out.

 

KLM has issued this statement:

The company has reached this decision after a thorough deliberation with all the parties involved.

In September 2014, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo announced it would be reducing the amount of freighter capacity it needs in its network. Both KLM and Martinair Cargo have discussed the consequences of this decision with the works councils. The decision to scale back the full-freighter fleet has been taken to restore the division’s financial health. The decision will affect more than 330 employees.

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo group has decided on a business model which requires less freighter capacity, rather than a model with no freighters at all. Consequently, as an operating carrier within the KLM Group, Martinair Cargo will scale back its fleet and use just one type of aircraft (Boeing 747). This decision affects around 170 ground staff FTEs in the Netherlands, 50 FTEs abroad and 110 cockpit FTEs.

The company will do its utmost to reassign ground staff within the KLM Group using existing instruments, the scope of which may be extended to include voluntary redundancy. This will take place in close consultation with the unions and will only apply to employees working in areas where a staff surplus arises.

A number of voluntary measures have recently been rolled out for pilots at Martinair Cargo. Reassignment options within the group have been explored over the last few months and a number of pilots have taken the step to join Transavia. Recent changes in the financial conditions mean KLM is unable to offer pilots the same salaries they were receiving at Martinair. With KLM’s help, Martinair will continue to make every effort to find solutions for the pilots outside the KLM group. Negotiations between Martinair Cargo and the unions are ongoing and are based on the existing collective labour agreement (CLA). However, the possibility of compulsory redundancies cannot be excluded. Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo deeply regrets the social consequences of these changes, but the reduction is unavoidable if the cargo business is to be restored to good health.

From 2016, Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo will continue to operate with a main frame fleet of six Full Freighters (two Boeing 777Fs at Paris Charles De Gaulle and four Boeing 747-400s at Amsterdam Schiphol), supplemented by 15 Boeing 747 Combi’s.

Air France-KLM-Martinair Cargo is convinced that the remaining flexible freighters will continue to provide its clients with a full range of solutions to meet their needs. The freighter network at Schiphol will concentrate on Africa and North, Central and South America and will, of course, continue to serve important markets, such as the flower sector. The company will also continue to invest in Cargo (Express, Pharma, e-commerce).

Cargo remains a core business for the Air France-KLM Group. It generates income of EUR 2.5 billion per year and contributes around EUR 1 billion a year to the passenger network. It goes without saying that pulling out of the cargo business is out of the question.

Copyright Photo: Mark Durbin/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) PH-MCR (msn 48617) is pictured at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

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