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New videos from KLM including the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Below: On November 14, 2015 the first KLM Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrived at Schiphol. The “Zonnebloem” (Sunflower) was flown in from the Boeing plant in Seattle.

This Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first of a total of 21 that KLM will take into service. All of KLM’s Dreamliners will be named after flowers, a typical Dutch export product and therefore a perfect fit for KLM.

KLM takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

KLM 787-9 PH-BHA (14)(Grd)(KLM)(LR)

Boeing and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are celebrating the delivery of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner (PH-BHA). Over the coming years the 787 will play a key role in the Dutch flag carrier’s fleet renewal and expansion. KLM acquired this airplane through leasing company AerCap.

In addition to today’s delivery, the Air France-KLM Group has 19 787-9s and six 787-10s on order and will lease 12 787s through AerCap. KLM will operate its first 787-9 on its AmsterdamAbu DhabiBahrain service.

The 787-9 complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly up to 20 percent more passengers and 23 percent more cargo farther yet with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace.

KLM was founded in 1919, and is the oldest airline still operating under its original name. Based at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, KLM is part of the Air France-KLM Group and serves 135 destinations worldwide. Over the past half century KLM has taken delivery of more than 200 Boeing airplanes.

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KLM details its winter 2015-2016 schedule changes

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has announced further details of its upcoming Winter 2015-2016 Schedule:

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During the 2015-16 winter season (from October 25, 2015 to March 27, 2016), KLM will expand its network by continuing its new services to Edmonton, Bogotá-Cali in the long haul network and Krakow, Montpellier and Belfast in the medium haul network. Simultaneously KLM is further adjusting its capacity to the market demand with capacity reductions on East Africa and Japan.


KLM 787-9 PH-BHA (14)(Grd)(KLM)(LR)

KLM is improving its product with the delivery of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (above) and the finalization of the new World Business Class configuration in Boeing 777-200 aircraft. By the end of 2015, more than 60% of the total KLM Long Haul fleet will be equipped with the new full flat WBC configuration.

KLM is increasing its capacity by 2.9%* compared to the 2014-2015 winter season. The growth is being implemented on the long-haul network, largely by introducing larger aircraft—including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 777-300—and by reducing production using the Airbus A330-200 and the Boeing 747 Combis.

(*measured in ASKs)

KLM 777-300 (14)(Nose)(KLM)(LR)

Europe, fortifying its portfolio with the continuation of the three start-ups in summer season 2015.

In Summer 2015, three new destinations (Krakow, Montpellier and Belfast) have been started successfully and will be continued in the Winter season 2015. These services will continue being operated with five weekly frequencies to Belfast and Krakow and four weekly frequencies to Montpellier. To further improve the hub function of Amsterdam, KLM will increase its weekly flights to Florence from 14 to 16 and to Bristol from 21 to 26.

North America, continuation of new destination and capacity increase in response to market demand

KLM is continuing its services to Edmonton in Canada started in Summer 2015. These services will be operated three times a week. Via Edmonton, passengers could benefit from the beyond network of our Canadian partner WestJet. Furthermore, KLM keeps on extending its capacity on existing destinations in response to market demand: San Francisco is served now seven times a week instead of six. KLM is further expanding its services to Atlanta by increasing weekly frequencies from twelve to 13-14 frequencies. In the Winter season 2015, in conjunction with Delta Air Lines operations, Atlanta is served 27-28 times a week from Amsterdam.

Central and South America, strengthening position

KLM will continue flying to the Colombian cities of Bogota and Cali on a three-weekly rotation in Winter 2015. KLM will also continue the fourth frequency to Buenos Aires-Santiago de Chile in the Winter season. The new generation aircraft Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be introduced to Rio de Janeiro in the course of this Winter. Furthermore, KLM will continue to make use of its key partnerships in the region, including Copa Airlines from Panama and GOL in Brazil. Regarding the Caribbean network, a schedule change will be implemented to Aruba and Bonaire, resulting in direct flight to and from both islands on some days of the week. From January 2016 onwards, KLM will increase capacity to Havana in order to accommodate the increasing number of tourists to Cuba.

Africa, optimizing the network

Within East Africa, KLM has redesigned the network to better meet the demand from specific markets. KLM will increase the number of circle flights to Kilimanjaro/Dar es Salaam and Kigali/Entebbe from four weekly frequencies to a daily frequency, and reduce the number of direct flights in the region. KLM will continue to build on the strength of the Kenya Airways network in East Africa and further develop its connecting opportunities beyond Nairobi. In West Africa, KLM will add a third weekly frequency to Luanda per December 2015. Together with Air France, KLM offers six weekly flights from both hubs to the Angolan capital.

Asia and Middle-East, reinforcing partnerships

In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi – Bahrein will be the first route for deployment of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Dubai will be the second route to receive the Dreamliner in the course of Winter 2015. Furthermore, KLM continues to reinforce cooperation with Etihad Airways to offer customers a wider choice of connecting flights. In China, KLM is intensifying its cooperation with its Chinese partners by implementing a new Joint Venture between KLM, China Southern and Xiamen Airlines. Due to strong pressure on traffic from Japan to Europe and on results, KLM has decided to reduce frequencies to Osaka and suspend the Fukuoka service as of January 5, 2016.

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KLM sells seven Fokker 70s to Air Niugini

KLM Cityhopper F28 Mk 0070 PH-KZF (02) handover to Air Niugini (KLM)(LR)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has issued this statement:

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Yesterday (October 16) saw the symbolic transfer of the first of seven KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam) Fokker 70 aircraft from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to Air Niugini (Port Moresby), the national airline of Papua New Guinea.

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KLM will begin phasing out the Fokker 70 in December this year, at which time it will also welcome two new Embraer 190s.

Air Niugini previously purchased a Fokker 100 and a Fokker 70 from KLM, in September 2013 and October 2014 respectively.

Boet Kreiken, managing director of KLM Cityhopper, presented the Fokker 70 PH-KZF (below) to Sir Frederich Reiher, chairman of Air Niugini’s board.

KLM Cityhopper F28 Mk 0070 PH-KZF (02) CEO handover to Air Niugini (KLM)(LR)
“Following a 21-year history, we now bid a fond farewell to our second Fokker 70,” said Boet Kreiken. “It is good to know that our reliable Fokker 70s will have a second life at Air Niugini. These aircraft are valuable additions to the Air Niugini fleet, and we are proud of KLM’s contribution to the deal. We are also looking forward to having a young KLM Cityhopper fleet consisting entirely of Embraer 190s and 175s. These aircraft are more economical, ensuring cost benefits as well as better environmental performance.

Boet Kreiken – Managing Director KLM Cityhopper.

The KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70s are expected to be all phased out in 2018.

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In other news, effective November 1, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will screen an innovative and unique flight safety film (below) on all intercontinental flights, inspired by Delftware decoration techniques.


KLM modifies its Boeing 787 order

KLM 787-9 (14)(Flt)(KLM)(LRW)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has changed its order for six Boeing 787-9s to the larger 787-10.

According to the carrier, this is not an additional order. The aircraft are expected as of 2020.

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Air France-KLM’s first half loss widens, more cuts coming, KLM gives a 787-9 preview

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Air France-KLM (Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) (Paris and Amsterdam) today announced a second quarter loss of €79 million ($86.4 million), widening the first half loss.

As a result, the group stated it would cut another €300 million ($328 million) in costs. The group will continue to cut unprofitable routes.

The group announced these immediate measures:

  • Launch of immediate cost-saving measures
  • Acceleration of all cost reduction initiatives
  • Adjustment of Winter 2015-16 capacity

The group blamed the widening loss on increased competition and exchange rate issues.

Alexandre de Juniac made the following comments:

“In the First Half 2015, Air France-KLM’s results were characterized by exceptional volatility in exchange rates and the fuel price, and by on-going pressure on unit revenues. All the Perform 2020 cost-saving initiatives were identified and quantified, and productivity agreements have already been signed at KLM. Transavia is pursuing its rapid development and will serve 47 cities on departure from Paris this summer. The maintenance business is posting strong growth.

The lack of results improvement leads us to implement immediate additional adaptation measures including, in particular, the closure of heavily loss-making routes, the downward revision in capacity for the forthcoming Winter season, together with an acceleration and an increase in the magnitude of our cost-saving initiatives. Following the agreement signed by KLM with its unions, the rapid conclusion of the negotiations with the Air France unions is key to re-launching the results turnaround. At this pivotal moment in Air France-KLM’s history, the Board and I know that we can count on the spirit of responsibility and commitment shared by all the Group’s staff to enable us to return to a growth path.”

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In other news, KLM is banking on the new Boeing 787-9 (above) to give it a financial spark and lift. The airline issued this preview of the upcoming introduction of the new type:

KLM 787-9 above Amsterdam (KLM)(LRW)

Image Above: KLM. The new Boeing 787-9 over Amsterdam.

For KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the introduction of the Boeing 787-9 marks the dawn of a new age for both customers and crew. With this aircraft, KLM invests more than ever in its customers and future. KLM has chosen this new aircraft type to ensure its passengers an unforgettable and comfortable journey.

“The Boeing 787-9 enables KLM to offer passengers even more comfort and privacy. KLM has chosen to add specific improvements to this special aircraft, which make it unique among other 787s. All these details add up to ensure our passengers can experience a new way to fly.”

Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO
KLM 787-9 Business Seat (KLM)(LRW)Photo Above: KLM. The Boeing 787-9 WBC Seat.

Among the most important features of the Boeing 787-9 are the new World Business Class (WBC) seats, which recline completely flat and have direct access to the aisle; the Economy Class seats, which recline 40% further; a state-of-the-art Inflight Entertainment system; and Wi-Fi for all passengers who want to be online during their flight. Finally, the interiors in WBC, Economy Comfort and Economy Class create a highly hospitable setting onboard.

Lower fuel consumption

With the arrival of this new aircraft type in October 2015, KLM is adding a quieter and more fuel-efficient aircraft to its fleet. The Boeing 787-9 is equipped with highly fuel-efficient engines, which will reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20%.

The aircraft is part of KLM’s program of fleet investment, which began with the introduction of the new World Business Class in the Boeing 747. This was followed by entirely new World Business Class and Economy Class interiors in the Boeing 777-200 and the phased introduction of new Boeing 777-300s. From December 2015, KLM will continue its fleet renewal with the deployment of the Embraer 175 and 190.

New flight mode

The design of the interior of the aircraft creates a typically KLM mood, layout and character onboard the Boeing 787-9. The point of departure for the cabin interior was to maximise comfort and privacy for passengers, while maintaining KLM’s brand values.

KLM 787-9 Cabin (KLM)(LRW)

Above Photo: KLM.

KLM’s Boeing 787-9 is fitted with onboard Wi-Fi. This marks the launch of KLM Wi-Fi, which was tested in earlier trials. It will now be possible to use the internet, email and other online services onboard using laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

Larger windows, a higher cabin pressure and special LED-lighting further enhance the unique flight experience. This is all aimed at ensuring passengers arrive fitter and more rested at their destinations.

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