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KLM today starts offering mobile terminal navigation at its Amsterdam hub

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) starting today is now offering a smart phone mobile app that helps connecting passengers at its Amsterdam hub to find its connecting gate. The airline issued this statement:

As of today (September 25), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is offering a route planner for passengers transferring at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. On arrival, passengers receive a map of the airport on their smartphone, showing the route they need to take and the time required to get to the next gate. KLM is the first airline to use beacon technology to provide this indoor navigation service.

This summer, KLM installed beacons at all piers, KLM lounges and hallways of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. KLM thoroughly tested the beacon technology with the help of customers in recent months.

Once passengers with the KLM smart phone app on their phones have switched on Bluetooth and connected to the internet, they receive a notification asking them if they need help to find their next gate when passing a beacon. The app shows them the route they need to take. It also tells them how long it will take them to walk there, so that they can then take this into account. The unique indoor navigation service even works if the passenger’s flight is departing from a different level. The route and time are updated every time the passenger passes a beacon.

The service is currently available for Android smartphones and will be available for iOS in the near future. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers free wifi.

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KLM to retire its last McDonnell Douglas MD-11 on November 11 with a special “farewell flight”

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) is the last passenger operator of the McDonnell Douglas MD-11. KLM operated 10 285-seat MD-11s. Each MD-11 was named after famous women in history.

The airline will operate its last regularly scheduled revenue passenger flight on October 25 between Montreal (Trudeau) and Amsterdam. KLM has also announced an one hour farewell flight for $139 on November 11 from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. The MD-11s are currently being operated to both Toronto and Montreal. MD-11 PH-KCB (msn 48556) departs from Toronto (Pearson) bound for the Amsterdam hub.

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Air France-KLM to retire the Martinair McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighters in 2015 and 2016, will expand Transavia leisure flights

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) (Air France-KLM Group) issued this statement about its shrinking and unprofitable freighter fleet including Martinair‘s (Amsterdam) McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighter fleet:

At its meeting on September 4, 2014, the Air France-KLM Board of Directors examined the findings of the strategic review of its full-freighter operations which was launched earlier this year.

On top of the ongoing reduction of the full-freighter fleet, and facing a slower than expected recovery in demand, the Board of Directors has decided to reduce the full-freighter fleet based in Amsterdam to 3 aircraft in operation by the end of 2016. Five MD-11s will be phased out on an accelerated basis during 2015 and 2016.

By then, the Group will operate five full-freighter aircraft: 2 Boeing 777Fs in Paris and 3 Boeing 747 ERFs in Amsterdam, compared with a total of 14 in 2013.

The group intends to find alternative employment internally for all affected staff. It will engage in consultations on this matter with the Works Council and trade unions of the companies involved.

The Group will remain a major player in the cargo sector in Europe through its extensive belly network effectively supplemented by a limited number of full-freighter aircraft.

This adjustment of the full-freighter fleet is part of a broader strategic vision designed to increase cargo contribution to the group. Other measures include a strong focus on specialized products such as pharmaceuticals and express, as well as investment in state-of-the-art IT infrastructure and E-developments, further cost reduction and expansion of partnerships.

In other news, the Air France-KLM Group will expand its leisure operations under the Transavia brand with new bases outside of Paris and Amsterdam. The Group issued this statement:

At its meeting on September 4, 2014, as proposed by its Chairman and CEO Alexandre de Juniac, the Air France-KLM Board of Directors approved the group’s development project on the leisure market in Europe.

This development will take place under the Transavia brand from the two existing airlines – Transavia France and Transavia the Netherlands – and new bases will be opened in other European countries.

This project will strengthen the development of Transavia France (Paris) and Transavia Airlines (Amsterdam) in the Netherlands. The terms of these developments are the subject of consultations in both countries.

The group is positioning itself as a major player in this rapidly growing market in Europe.

This project is part of the group’s new plan for growth and competitiveness, Perform 2020, which will be presented in details to investors and to the press on September 11.

Air France-KLM have also unveiled its new “Perform 2020″ program which replaces its “Transform 2015″ program. Here is the formal plan:

Air France-KLM unveiled its new Perform 2020 strategic plan.

Perform 2020 is the successor to Transform 2015, which represented the first phase in the Group’s turnaround. While maintaining the imperatives of competitiveness and the ongoing strengthening of the Group’s financial position, this growth plan will focus on the following three strategic areas:

  •   Selective development to increase exposure to growth markets
  •   A product and services upgrade targeting the highest international level
  •   An ongoing improvement in competitiveness and efficiency within the framework of strictfinancial disciplineAir France-KLM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alexandre de Juniac, made the following comments:
    “Transform 2015 will be completed by the year end having fully delivered on its objective of significantly improving the Group’s competitiveness and delivering a €1 billion-plus reduction in costs. Perform 2020, the strategic plan we are launching today, will be supported by two main levers: growth, which we are looking to capture in a number of areas, and competitiveness combined with financial discipline which should continue to ensure firm foundations for the development of Air France-KLM. This is why the ambitious initiatives we are launching today will go hand in hand with redoubled efforts to reduce costs and restructure activities which remain loss-making. By 2020, we will have built an air transport Group focused on a leading long-haul network at the heart of global alliances, with a portfolio of unique brands, restructured short and medium-haul operations with a reinforced presence in the low cost segment in Europe, leadership positions in cargo, maintenance and catering, and a significantly improved risk profile both operationally and financially.”

    1 See definition in appendix
    2 At constant currency, fuel price and pension cost

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In an environment which remains challenging but with profitable growth opportunities across all the Group’s markets, Air France-KLM plans to reinforce its key strengths, namely its network, its products and services, and its brands, while adjusting its portfolio of activities.

The development of the passenger hub business based on an upgraded product offer, an increased customer focus and a stronger positioning of brands. Benefiting from the broadest long-haul network on departure from Europe, the Group will be able to continue to capture growth opportunites particularly via the reinforcement of strategic partnerships.

The Group will maintain strict capacity discipline with growth in passenger capacity expected to be around 1% to 1.5% for the 2015-2017 period.

The Group will continue to restructure its point-to-point operations, aiming at a return to operating breakeven by 2017. In addition to the full impact of the measures launched in 2013, this objective will be reached thanks to new initiatives to restructure the network and reduce costs, together with the creation of a single business unit combining HOP and the Air France point-to-point operations.

The accelerated development of Air France-KLM in the European leisure market, under the Transavia brand, based on the two existing companies – Transavia France and Transavia Netherlands – and new bases to be created in other European countries. In a growth market, the Group plans to build on the results achieved within the framework of Transform 2015 to move to a more pan-European scale. By 2017, Transavia will rank amongst the leading low cost carriers in Europe, operating a fleet of 100 aircraft and carrying more than 20 million passengers. This business should contribute an additional €100 million of EBITDAR in 2017. With profitability being impacted by ongoing ramp-up costs, the Group is targeting operating profits by 2018.

The finalization of cargo repositioning: a significant reduction in the full-freighter fleet, from 14 aircraft in operation in 2013 to 5 aircraft at the end of 2016, should enable this business to return to operating breakeven in 2017 (versus a loss of €110 million in 2013 and a €200 million loss including bellies). The group will maintain a small full-freighter fleet as an important commercial lever to support its revenue premium on bellies. The Group will remain a major player in the European cargo sector thanks to its extensive belly network, but with only very limited remaining exposure (15% of capacity) to full-freighter volatility.

The recent development of the maintenance business has proven successful, with increased profitability and rapid growth in the order book. The Group will pursue its growth in this segment, particularly in engines and components, including via targeted acquisitions. This business should generate an additional €50 million to €80 million of EBITDAR in 2017, depending on acquisitions.

From a selective capex management while adopting a disciplined approach to growth opportunities. financial perspective, Air France-KLM plans to pursue the reduction in its unit costs and The Group will leverage the structured approach implemented within the framework of Transform 2015 to maintain unit cost reduction at an annual rate of 1% to 1.5%. To achieve this target, the group will go beyond traditional efforts directed at reducing unit costs (e.g. reduction in external expenses, purchasing policy and renewal of the long-haul fleet). This will involve the ongoing restructuring of uncompetitive activities and implementing a systematic review of processes using benchmarking based on profit centers. It will also entail negotiating with staff on the achievement of productivity gains paving the way to growth.

A progressive increase in fleet capex will be undertaken within the framework of strict capex control. Investment will remain below its pre-2012 level. Dedicated sources of funding will be allocated to significant development opportunities to ensure control over credit ratios. For example, the first phase in Transavia expansion will be financed by the €339 million proceeds generated from the partial disposal of Amadeus shares on September 9.

Medium-term financial targets to 2017

As a result of all these initiatives, Air France-KLM has set itself the following Group financial targets:

  •   EBITDAR up by 8% to 10%5 per year between 2013 and 2017
  •   An adjusted net debt/EBITDAR4 ratio of below 2.5 in 2017
  •   Base businesses to consistently generate annual positive free cash flowThese targets are consistent with a ROCE of 9% to 11% in 2017.

Read the analysis by Bloomberg Businessweek: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Martinair’s McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) PH-MCS (msn 48618) prepares to land at London’s Stansted Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Transavia Airlines’ (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 PH-HZA (msn 28373) with a Kulula underside taxies at the Amsterdam base.

 

KLM leases two additional Boeing 777-300 ERs from Air Lease Corporation

Air Lease Corporation (Los Angeles) has announced long term lease agreements with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) for two additional new Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2016 and early 2017. These aircraft placements are in addition to the two new 777-300 ER aircraft scheduled for lease from ALC to KLM in early 2015 and early 2016, all from ALC’s order book.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVK (msn 42172) of KLM taxies at the Amsterdam base.

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Are the days numbered for Martinair?

Martinair‘s (Amsterdam) days could be number. The cargo subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group could be sold to a third party and even shut down i.e. “internal restructuring”. The cargo divisions of the Air France-KLM Group continue to bring down the group financially. As part of its first half financial report, the Group issued this statement concerning the cargo divisions, including Martinair:

Second Quarter 2014 cargo revenues amounted to 669 million euros, down 5.1% and by 1.9% on a constant currency basis. Faced with a slower than expected recovery, the group continued to reduce full-freighter capacity (down 8.6%). In consequence, total capacity decreased by 2.0%. Traffic decreased by 1.6%, leading to a 0.3 point increase in load factor to 63.2%. Unit revenue per Available Ton Kilometer (RATK) increased by 1.1% on a constant currency basis (-2.1% on a reported basis).

The operating result improved slightly to -45 million euro, up 5 million euros.

The recovery in demand being slower than expected, the group has initiated a strategic review of its full-freighter business, with different scenarios under consideration. Having already decided in October 2013 to reduce its full-freighter fleet to 2 aircraft in Paris and 8 aircraft in Amsterdam by 2015, the group is now looking to further reduce its Amsterdam-based full-freighter exposure either through a partnership with a third party or through internal restructuring. In consequence, the group has recorded an impairment of 106 million euros in its Second Quarter 2014 accounts.

First Half 2014 cargo revenues amounted to 1,344 million euros, down 4.3% and by 1.6% on a constant currency basis. Traffic was stable for a -1.5% decline in capacity, leading to a 1.0 point increase in load factor to 64.0%. Unit revenue per Available Ton Kilometer (RATK) was stable on a constant currency basis (down 2.7% on a reported basis).

On a constant currency basis, cargo unit cost was down 1.7% in the First Half (down 3.9% on a reported basis). The operating result improved by 21 million euros to -79 million euros.

Will Martinair be sold or disbanded? It is unlikely to remain as it is today.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) PH-MCY (msn 48445) taxies at the Amsterdam base.

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Air France-KLM reduces its first half net loss to $824.6 million

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) reported a net loss of €614 million ($824.6 million), an improvement of €185 million ($248.4 million).

As part of the expanding Transavia lower-fare operations the Group issued this statement:

In the Second Quarter of 2014, Transavia capacity was up 4.8%, reflecting the accelerated development of Transavia France (up 10%) and the repositioning of Transavia Netherlands (up 3% including a 6% reduction in charter capacity). Traffic rose 6.0%, leading to a record high load factor of 90.7% (up 0.9 point). Unit revenue was down 1.7%. Transavia’s total revenue stood at 296 million euros, up 5.0%. The operating result was -6 million euros, down 3 million euros year-on-year.

In the First Half of 2014, Transavia traffic increased by 6.9% for capacity up 5.8%, leading to a 0.9 point increase in load factor to 89.2%. Unit revenue was down 2.6%. Total revenue stood at 435 million euros, up 4.5%, while the unit cost per ASK decreased by 0.8%, but increased by 0.5% on a constant currency basis. The operating result decreased by 10 million euros to -64 million euros, mainly due to the ramp up of Transavia France.

Overall the Group issued this outlook:

Delivery on the Transform 2015 plan is fully on track. However, as indicated at the beginning of the month, the operating environment remains tough, with industry overcapacity on certain long-haul routes, notably North America and Asia, impacting yields. This trend comes on top of the persistently weak cargo demand and the challenging situation in Venezuela already identified in the First Quarter.

Under these conditions, as indicated at the beginning of the month, 2014 EBITDA is expected to be between 2.2 and 2.3 billion euros. Strong capital discipline will enable the group to remain on track in terms of debt reduction and achieve its objective of 4.5 billion euros in net debt in 2015.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Air France’s Airbus A380-861 F-HPJE (msn 052) with the special logo to celebrate 50 years of France-China diplomatic relations.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-406 PH-BFF (msn 24202) completes its final approach to the runway at Toronto (Pearson).

KLM to launch a new route to Bogota and Cali on March 31

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will expand its long-haul service to South America next year. KLM will launch a new scheduled service to Colombia’s capital, Bogota, and Cali, the country’s third-largest city. From March 31, 2015, KLM will fly three times a week operating a Boeing 777-200 on flight KL 745. The circle flights will start in Amsterdam, stopping in Bogota and Cali, and returning directly to Amsterdam. The service will be part of KLM’s new summer schedule and will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-206 ER PH-BQP (msn 32721) in the special “Delft Blue” color scheme taxies at Toronto (Pearson).

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Air France-KLM revise their earnings forecast, stock declines over 5%

Air France-KLM Group (Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) (Amsterdam) has issued a profit warning, lowering it profit forecast from 2.5 billion euros to around 2.25 billion. The stock tumbled over 5 percent.

The Group issued this statement in their June traffic numbers:

“While not representing a turning point in market trends, the June traffic figures published today as well as bookings for July and August nevertheless reflect the over-capacity on certain long-haul routes, notably North America and Asia, with the attendant impact on yields. This comes on top of the persistently weak cargo demand and the challenging situation in Venezuela identified in the First Quarter.

These factors lead us to revise our EBITDA target for Full Year 2014 from around 2.5 billion euros to between 2.2 and 2.3 billion euros, a rise of over 20% compared with 2013.

Strong capital disciple will enable us to remain on track in terms of debt reduction and we confirm our objective of 4.5 billion euros in net debt in 2015.”

Read the analysis on City Index: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Air France’s Boeing 747-428 F-GITJ (msn 32871) climbs into the clear skies after departing from Toronto (Pearson) bound for Paris (CDG).
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Bottom Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-406 PH-BFL (msn 25356) of KLM completes its final approach to the runway at JFK International Airport in New York.

 

 

 

KLM to serve soup on board

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has announced it will offer soup on board its aircraft. The airline issued this statement:

The vegetarian soup will be offered as an alternative option to the standard starter on the World Business Class menu. Soup will also be part of the selection in WBC Express Service. Research has shown that passengers appreciate a choice of starters. In tests on board where soup was served as an alternative to the standard first course, the passengers appreciated the standard starter more than in flights that offered no choice. KLM will work to the best of its ability to use seasonal products, and will begin with yellow pepper soup which will be prepared fresh daily. KLM will serve meals by Sergio Herman in World Business Class until the end of September. For years, now, KLM has been offering meals in World Business Class created by a variety of leading Dutch chefs including Richard Ekkebus, Jonnie Boer, Onno Kokmeijer, Mario Ridder, and Peter Goossens from Belgium.

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KLM gets ready to celebrate 95 years of flying

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) is getting ready to celebrate 95 years of flying on October 7. The airline has issued this video (below) and new logo.

As part of this upcoming celebration, KLM is bringing its iconic Douglas DC-3 PH-PBA to Humberside. KLM issued this statement today:

KLM steps back in time as its iconic DC-3 aircraft arrives at Humberside Airport.   The DC-3 flew in from Amsterdam three days ago and is currently on a tour of the East Coast, with its third stop being Humberside Airport, having previously stopped at Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports.

A select group of passengers will experience the golden age of travel in a series of short flights showing a bird’s eye view of the East Coast. Built in 1944, the DC-3 is the first ever commercial aircraft and passengers from Humberside will be traveling in the same style and luxury as passengers in the pioneering age of aviation. Flying the DC-3 meant that KLM led the way in modern European aviation, offering customers comfort on board and reliable flights in Europe, the Far East and beyond.

The DC-3 aircraft, PH-PBA (above) was in service with the 8th Air Force during the Second World War. After the war the aircraft was acquired by his Royal Highness Prince Bernhard, Prince of the Netherlands and later became the first official aircraft of the Dutch government.

After retirement in 1975 the aircraft became part of the collection of the Aviodrome Museum. It was put back in service in 1998 and it has been flying ever since. In 2010 she received her current historic KLM color scheme and was christened ‘Princes Amalia’, after Prince Bernhard’s great grandchild, the current heiress to the Dutch throne.

Warner Rootliep, General Manager UK and Ireland Air France KLM said: “We are offering a once in a lifetime opportunity for passengers to experience aviation at its vintage best.  The DC-3 is such an iconic aircraft and it is a historic moment to welcome it to Humberside. Our regional bases are incredibly important to KLM and it is fantastic to be able to showcase our heritage to the local community.”

After the Humberside flights the DC-3 will continue its tour of the East Coast calling at Norwich on June 28 before she leaves the UK to return to Amsterdam.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Douglas C-47A-DK (DC-3A-456) PH-PBA (msn 19434) sits at the AMS base in the 1959 livery.

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Video: On October 7, 2014, KLM will celebrate its 95th anniversary. Every year on this day the airline stops to reflect on KLM’s illustrious past and looks to the future. The next special anniversary awaiting us in 2019 is our centenary — KLM 100 Years. KLM 95 Years is a special moment and therefore worthy of celebration.

KLM operates the longest biofuel flight of an Airbus aircraft

KLM A330-200 PH-AOM (02-Leader in biofuel)(Grd)(Airbus)(LRW)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) Airbus A330-200 operating flight KL 767 has commenced the longest commercial flight with sustainable jet fuels ever performed by an Airbus aircraft. The aircraft took off with a 20% blend of sustainable fuel made of used cooking oil, for a 10 hour flight from Schiphol airport to the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba.

Airbus’ major role in this test is to collect data before, during and after the flight (engine fuel system, engine performance analysis etc.) to provide insights into the use of non-petroleum based fuels compared to traditional fuels.

This flight is the first of a series of around 20 long-haul commercial flights using an Airbus aircraft in the context of the European initiative called ITAKA (Initiative Towards sustAinable Kerosene for Aviation) which aims to speed up the commercialisation of aviation biofuels in Europe.

Funded by the European Union, ITAKA is a collaborative project aiming to produce sustainable aviation fuel and to test its use in existing systems and normal flight operations in Europe with KLM. The project will also link supply and demand by establishing relationships among feedstock growers and producers, biofuel producers, distributors and airlines.

“As the leading aircraft manufacturer, our participation in the ITAKA initiative with KLM using an A330-200 – the most fuel efficient aircraft in its category – is key to our role as a catalyst in the commercialisation of sustainable jet fuels. We are very happy to have the full support of the European Union in the ITAKA project, supporting the aviation industry’s initiative to develop sustainable biofuels for aviation,” said Andrea Debbané, Airbus Vice President of Environment Affairs.

Airbus is involved in major European funded projects contributing significantly to reducing the environmental footprint of aviation, including the Single European Sky (SES) and SESAR for the modernisation of the European Air Traffic Management System and CleanSky, a programme which aims to accelerate technological breakthrough developments and shorten the time to market for new and more environmentally efficient solutions tested on full-scale demonstrators.

Copyright Photo: Airbus. KLM’s A330-203 PH-AOM 9msn 1161) wears special “Leader in biofuel” markings for the historic trip to Aruba.

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Air France-KLM reports a net loss of $843 million in the first quarter

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Air France-KLM Group) together reported a new loss of €608 million ($843 million) for the first quarter. This was narrowed from €641 million ($888 million) in the same quarter a year ago.

Read the full report (in English): CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 F-HEPG (msn 5802) of Air France with Sharklets and the special 80 And/Years emblem arrives at the Paris (CDG) hub.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-406 PH-BDT (msn 24530) of KLM climbs away from the runway at Geneva.

KLM tweaks the livery for KLM Cityhopper and the new Boeing 787-9s

KLM Cityhopper ERJ 190-100 (14)(KLM)(LR)

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) today (April 29) announced the latest Embraer 190 delivery tomorrow (April 30) to subsidiary KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam) and a minor tweaking of the livery for the regional carrier. KLM issued this statement:

KLM Cityhopper, subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, will take delivery of a new Embraer 190 (PH-EXD) at Schiphol Airport tomorrow (April 30). This, the latest in a series of six new aircraft, will proudly display the newly modified KLM livery. With more than 28 Embraers, KLM Cityhopper has the largest Embraer 190 fleet in Europe.

Most modern aircraft types have similar shaped noses and contours. A few adjustments to the current KLM livery has transformed the appearance of the latest Embraer 190 into a contemporary, streamlined, balanced aircraft. The modified livery will be phased in for the other Embraers. The Fokker 70s are also to be modified in this livery, followed by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which KLM expects to take delivery of at the end of 2015.

The first Embraer 190 joined KLM at the beginning of 2008 at the airline’s subsidiary KLM Cityhopper. This aircraft type seats 100 passengers and is highly fuel efficient. The two-seat configuration and leather upholstery also make the Embraer 190 extremely comfortable. The Embraer 190 has a two-class configuration and operates on 35 of KLM Cityhopper’s 53 European routes. The Fokker 70 is deployed for the remaining 18 destinations.

The latest Embraer 190 is part of KLM’s ongoing fleet-renewal program. The replacement of seven Fokker 70s with six new Embraers brings the total fleet in 2014 to 28 Embraer 190 and 19 Fokker 70 aircraft.

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Will Air France-KLM ditch their freighter fleet?

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) may leave the dedicated air freighter business after five decades according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The freighter division has been beset by losses in cargo that rose to nearly $300 million last year according to the report.

The airline’s board is weighing options and plans to decide on a strategy by September, according to a report in Bloomberg News.

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Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi/AirlinersGallery.com. Air France is phasing out its Boeing 747-400  ER freighter fleet with the last to be retired next year. Boeing 747-428 ERF F-GIUA (msn 32866) arrives in Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).

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CityJet to be sold to Intro Aviation

CityJet (Dublin) and its subsidiary VLM Airlines will be sold by AirFrance-KLM to Intro Aviation. Air France-KLM on March 28 agreed to accept the offer from Intro Aviation. The new owners are expected to take control in about four weeks. CityJet (Air France by CityJet) will continue to fly for Air France.

Air France-KLM issued this short statement:

On March 28, 2014 Air France accepted the firm offer received in December 2013 from Intro Aviation GmbH to purchase CityJet and its VLM subsidiary. The closing of the transaction for the CityJet shares should take place in April 2014.

Air France and CityJet will pursue their commercial co-operation as part of a new industrial plan which foresees, in particular, the development of flights under the CityJet brand on departure from London City to European destinations, and CityJet continuing to operate flights on behalf of Air France on departure from Paris-CDG.

The announcement of this future sale is important for the staff of CityJet and VLM. One of the aims of the operation is to set the conditions for a new long-term development for the company and its staff.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. CityJet’s BAe RJ85 EI-RJG (msn E2344) lands at EuroAirport in Air France colors.

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KLM to end Amsterdam-Manston flights on April 8, Manston’s future to be determined

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) is planning to end daily Fokker 70 service between its Amsterdam hub and Manston Airport in Kent on April 8 per Airline Route.

The route is operated by KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam).

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Manston Airport is performing a review by consultants for 45 days to determine if the airport should remain open or close. 144 jobs are at stake.

Read the full report by the BBC: CLICK HERE

In other news, Air France-KLM Group has finalized an agreement with General Electric and has selected the GEnx-1B engine to power its fleet of Boeing 787-9. The first aircraft will be delivered to KLM in October 2015 and to Air France in January 2017. The joint selection of engine for Air France and KLM’s Boeing 787-9 enables the Group to benefit from significant synergies.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZV (msn 11556) operated by KLM Cityhopper lands at EuroAirport.

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Air France-KLM to sell CityJet to Intro Aviation

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) have received a firm offer from Intro Aviation of Germany to acquire CityJet (Dublin) and VLM Airlines for an undisclosed amount. The sale is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. CityJet is expected to continue to fly for Air France.

The group issued this short statement:

On December 19, 2013, Air France-KLM received a firm offer from Intro Aviation GmbH to purchase CityJet and its subsidiary, VLM.

This offer provides for an ongoing commercial co-operation with Air France as part of a new industrial plan.

Employee representative bodies of the various entities will be informed and consulted.

The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. CityJet’s BAe RJ85 EI-RJJ (msn E2347) climbs away from the runway at Southend.

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CityJet’s routes from London City Airport:

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KLM to transfer all European flying to cheaper KLM Cityhopper by 2019

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will transfer all inter-European flights to subsidiary KLM Cityhopper (Amsterdam) between 2014 and 2019 per NutchNews.nl. Personnel at Cityhopper are paid less and work longer hours. The decision comes after KLM was unable to reach a new agreement with its cabin crews.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. KLM Cityhopper is gradually phasing out its aging fleet of Fokker 70s. The transfer of newer aircraft and staff will expedite this retirement. Fokker F.28 Mk. 0070 (Fokker 70) PH-KZP (msn 11539) lands at Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg.

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Alitalia’s board approves the new plan, Air France-KLM vote against it

Alitalia’s (2nd) (Rome) board of directors yesterday approved a revised business plan, promising “severe cost cuts” to make the Italian airline more profitable but did not include specifics according to this report by Reuters.

Air France-KLM Group, which owns 25 percent of the Italian carrier, voted against the plan but it did not address the long-term debt issue.

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Alitalia planned job cuts unlikely to persuade Air France and KLM to put in more cash

Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) is facing a major decision today at its board meeting. According to this report by Reuters, Alitalia’s CEO Gabriele del Torchio, a turnaround specialist, is expected to unveil his plan. The drastic measures may include up to 2,000 job cuts and salary cuts.

However the cuts are unlikely to persuade major shareholder and board member Air France-KLM to put any more capital into the failing flag carrier. Alitalia needs a $400 million infusion to keep flying. The group has already zeroed-out its investment.

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Copyright Photo: Dave Glendinning/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s Embraer ERJ 190-100LR EI-RNB (msn 19000479) taxies at London (Heathrow).

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Air France-KLM writes off the value of its 25% share in Alitalia

Air France-KLM Group (Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) (Paris and Amsterdam) have written off the value 25 percent stake in Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) yesterday (October 30) raising doubt over its willingness to invest further in the struggling carrier according to this report by Reuters.

Air France-KLM posted a 119 million euro charge for its 25 percent stake in Alitalia.

What is the future for Alitalia with Air France and KLM?

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Air France is upset with Alitalia

Air France‘s (Paris) CFO Philippe Clavia complained in a letter to Alitalia (2nd) (Rome) about how the Italian airline failed to inform its airline partners, namely the Air France-KLM Group, about key meetings concerning a new capital infusion. Although the group finally voted for the recent infusion of capital, Air France is upset about how the whole event was handled according to this report by Reuters.

Further, Air France-KLM was not provided any written information, just “orally and in a cryptic way”, often just in Italian, the newspaper Il Messaggero reported, quoting the letter.

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Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-428 F-GITH (msn 32868) of Air France prepares to taxi from the Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Paris hub. Air France is planning to phase out its last Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft in 2016.

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Air France-KLM: The Alitalia business plan is not suitable

Air France-KLM Group (Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) (Paris and Amsterdam) with 25 percent of the stock is the key to Alitalia’s (2nd) (Rome) survival. According to this report by Reuters quoting internal sources, the group has stated privately the Alitalia rescue plan and capital infusion “fell short of its requirements, particularly in terms of debt restructuring.”

However, the source added that Alitalia was “of strategic interest” to Air France-KLM.

Meanwhile Willie Walsh of the International Airline Group (British Airways, Iberia and Vueling Airlines) has spoken out against the state aid for Alitalia and has called on the European Commission to stop the Italian government’s efforts to prop-up the failing flag carrier.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s Boeing 777-243 ER I-DISU (msn 32858) climbs from the runway at Tokyo (Narita).

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Air France-KLM to decide today on the Alitalia cash injection

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will decide today at a meeting of Alitalia’s (2nd) (Rome) shareholders if it will add any more capital into the struggling carrier. According to this report by Reuters, Alitalia’s shareholders will vote today on a $407 million capital increase to keep the Italian carrier flying. Alitalia was thrown a lifeline on Friday to allow it to keep flying through the weekend.

Le Monde reported Air France-KLM’s conditions now include “a new strategy, a halt to route expansion and no new aircraft purchases as Alitalia addresses its debts” according to Reuters.

Air France-KLM, which own 25 percent of Alitalia’s shares are unlikely to inject any more capital as the group is going through a painful restructuring.

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KLM is coming to Santiago, Chile

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will extend the Amsterdam-Buenos Aires route to Santiago, Chile starting on February 2, 2014. The airline issued this statement:

From February 2, 2014, flights will be operated with a Boeing 777-300 (KL 701 and KL 702), with a stop in between in Buenos Aires three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from Amsterdam and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Santiago.

To suit its clients’ needs, KLM offers 3 classes on board:

  • 35 seats  in World Business Class for 777-300,
  • 350 seats in Economy Class and
  • 40 seats in the Economy Comfort Zone that offers 10 cm extra room for passenger’s legs, twice the lean back of their seats and priority disembarking.

KLM weekly schedules as per February 2, 2014 are:

Winter schedule:

Departure Time Arrival Time
Amsterdam 20:55 Buenos Aires 07:05
Buenos Aires 09:10 Santiago 11:20
Santiago 13:00 Buenos Aires 14:55
Buenos Aires 16:55 Amsterdam 10:15

Summer schedule:

Departure Time Arrival Time
Amsterdam 21:00 Buenos Aires 06:10
Buenos Aires 08:10 Santiago 09:25
Santiago 11:05 Buenos Aires 14:00
Buenos Aires 16:00 Amsterdam 10:20

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Air France-KLM defers a decision on Alitalia, seeks more information

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) stated yesterday after a board meeting that it will defer its decision on what to do with its 25 percent share in Alitalia (2nd) (Rome). The Air France-KLM Group board is seeking more information from Alitalia which continues to lose money. Meanwhile AF-KL is constrained in what it can do because the group has posted financial losses for the past two years.

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Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil/AirlinersGallery.com. Alitalia’s 1960 retrojet in the form of Airbus A321-112 EI-IXI (msn 494) prepares to land at Amsterdam.

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Air France-KLM turns to the black in the first six months of 2013

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) issued its financial report for the first six months of 2013 including subsidiary Transavia Airlines (Amsterdam). The group reported an operating profit of $105 for the first half turning around a comparable loss in the first six months of 2012. The group expects to make an operating profit for the entire  year.

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Top Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A380-861 F-HPJE (msn 052) climbs away from Washington (Dulles).

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Air France and KLM finalize a contract for 25 Airbus A350-900s

Air France A350-900 (09)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) have finalized a firm contract for 25 A350-900 aircraft and for a further 25 options.

The Air France-KLM Group currently operates a fleet of just over 190 Airbus aircraft, comprising eight A380s, 31 A330s, 13 A340s, 25 A321s, 54 A320s, 41 A319s and 18 A318s. With this new order Air France-KLM joins an exclusive group of airlines who are customers for every member of the Airbus product family.

The A350 XWB is the all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in spacious three-class layouts. The new family will bring a step change in efficiency using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions. By the end of May, the A350 XWB has already won 613 firm orders from 33 customers worldwide.

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Air France and KLM introduce WiFi on limited trans-Atlantic flights

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) on May 29 launched its first flight with WiFi services. KLM issued this statement:

On May 29 Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will operate their first inflight connectivity flights with Wi-Fi on board. The new service will allow customers to remain connected with the world by being able to send text messages and e-mails and surf the Internet during their flight. On our specially designed inflight website we also offer a broad range of free and up to date services including live television news and sports channels, relevant airline and destination information.

Online Access

In partnership with Panasonic Avionics, Air France and KLM will conduct a trial phase throughout the rest of 2013 on two Boeing 777-300s. During that time, customers can connect to the internet using their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, laptops or tablets at a fixed rate and use their mobile phones for text messages or email, no matter what travel class they are in. The two Wi-Fi equipped aircraft will operate on several long-haul destinations during the trial.

Fares

During the pilot phase we will offer hourly and full-flight fees: EUR 10.95 per hour or EUR 19.95 for the full flight, applicable for all classes. These fees are in line with industry average. Travellers can pay for their internet access by credit card. Mobile phone usage (for text and data) will be billed to the phone users according to their own roaming agreements. Access to the inflight website will be free of charge.

Wireless service — whether the on-board portal or satellite internet — will commence once the flight has reached 20,000 feet, shortly after take-off.

Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. KLM’s Boeing 777-306 ER PH-BVD (msn 35979) in the SkyTeam livery powerfully climbs away from Paine Field near Everett.

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Etihad Airways to recruit 50 pilots from Airberlin, enters a new relationship with KLM

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) has announced it will recruit around 50 pilots from partner Airberlin (Berlin) which has been downsizing. The carrier issued this statement:

The move comes as Airberlin, Germany’s second largest carrier, continues to work through its Turbine business turnaround program, and as Etihad Airways prepares for significant international expansion.

The recruitment transfers began in April when the first batch of six Boeing 737-rated First Officers arrived in Abu Dhabi to start type conversion training on to the Boeing 777 at Etihad Airways’ Flight Training Centre.

Upon successful completion, the six pilots will undertake line training on the airline’s global network, before being fully licensed as type-rated Boeing 777 First Officers.

Further pilot transfers will take place in the coming months, comprising Airbus A320 Captains, Airbus A320 First Officers, Airbus A330 First Officers and Boeing 777 non-rated First Officers.

Etihad Airways’ current fleet of 77 Boeing and Airbus aircraft will grow significantly this decade with more than 90 firm order aircraft scheduled for delivery.

Over the next 12 months the carrier will take delivery of four Boeing 777-300 ERs, five Airbus A320s, one Airbus A321, one Airbus A330-200 and one Airbus A330-200 freighter aircraft.  Late next year, Etihad Airways will also introduce its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Etihad Airways currently employs over 1,400 pilots, and plans to recruit 1,000 more by 2020.

In other news, Etihad has announced it has entered the second phase of its strategic partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) following the launch of new Amsterdam service. The airline issued this statement:

The daily service, operated by a two cabin Airbus A330-200 and configured to carry 262 passengers with 22 in Pearl Business Class and 240 in Coral Economy Class, was launched on May 15 and carries KLM’s KL code.

The launch of the new flights coincides with the addition of 12 new KLM destinations out of Schiphol Airport which now carry Etihad Airways EY code. KLM has also added its KL code to a further six Etihad Airways destinations from its Abu Dhabi hub.

The 12 additional destinations that Etihad Airways customers can now access through codeshare operations with KLM are Stockholm, Aberdeen, Barcelona, Bergen, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds/Bradford and Madrid.

These cities join the first phase of cities served by KLM, which carry the EY code, Billund, Cardiff, Newcastle, Oslo, and Stavanger.

KLM now has its KL code on six Etihad Airways’ flights to Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, Khartoum, Male, Muscat and Seychelles.

These join the initial group of cities served by Etihad Airways – Colombo, Islamabad, Lahore, Melbourne, and Sydney – which also carry the KL code.

In addition to flight operations Etihad Airways has this year wet-leased a Boeing 747-400 freighter from KLM. This aircraft, with a payload capacity of 124 tons, links the two cargo hubs of Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, and increases our capacity to Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Dhaka.

From KLM’s partner, Air France, Etihad Airways has also wet-leased an Airbus A340-300 for use on the Paris-Abu Dhabi route from now until the end of the year.

Amsterdam joins a group of 17 leading European cities that Etihad Airways flies to including Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London and Paris.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Etihad Airways’ Airbus A330-243 A6-EYE (msn 688) (Manchester City Football Club) arrives at Munich.

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Air France-KLM’s 1Q loss widens to $826.3 million

Air France-KLM (Air France) (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines) (Paris) lost €630 million ($826.3 million) in the first quarter, compared to a smaller loss of €379 million ($497.1 million) in the same quarter a year ago.

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Top Copyright Photo: Ole Simon. Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJE (msn 052) taxies at the Paris (CDG) hub.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Airbus A330-203 PH-AOM (msn 1161) taxies at the Amsterdam base.

 

 

Air France-KLM trims its loss in 2012

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) reported a net loss of $1.56 billion for 2012.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-328 ER F-GSQK (msn 32845) approaches the runway at Los Angeles.

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Air Zimbabwe resumes domestic operations

Air Zimbabwe (Harare) with government assistance has resumed domestic operations again according to this report by The Standard. Previously the national flag carrier had relaunched domestic operations on May 2, 2012 (still on their website) until July 2012. The report also states the airline is planning to resume international operations today (November 4) (believed to be to Johannesburg).

The government of Zimbabwe has reportedly assumed the debt of the carrier.

Also according to the report, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is ready to “cooperate” with the struggling carrier.

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Air France-KLM 2Q net loss expands to $1.1 billion

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) reported their second quarter net expanded to almost $1.1 billion.

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Top Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 777-328 ER F-GZNN (msn 40376) in the SkyTeam motif climbs away from Paine Field near Everett, Washington.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. KLM’s Boeing 737-7K2 PH-BGN 9msn 38125) taxies at Geneva.

 

Air France-KLM 1Q operating loss widens to $785 million

Air France (Paris) KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) reported their operating loss for the first quarter widened to $785 million. The Group will now be putting additional pressure on the unions for further concessions.

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Air France-KLM see a tough year in 2012 due to rising fuel costs

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) see a challenging year ahead financially due to rising fuel costs according to this article by The Washington Post. The group reported a $1 billion loss in 2011.

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KLM takes delivery of its first Airbus A330-300

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) yesterday (February 29) accepted its first Airbus A330-300. A330-303 PH-AKA (msn 1287) is being leased from Air Lease Corporation.

Copyright Photo: Clement Alloing. The second copy is pictured on a test flight at Toulouse.

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KLM to repaint seven Boeing 777-200 ERs in KLM Asia livery

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) is repainting seven Boeing 777-206 ERs (PH-BQF/H/I/K/L/M/N) to KLM Asia markings so the aircraft can fly the rerouted Amsterdam-Taipei-Manila route according to Scramble. KLM uses the “KLM Asia” brand to fly to Taipei (Taiwan) and the aircraft must fly over China. Previously KLM used Boeing 747s for its services to Taiwan.

KLM Asia was established in 1995 in order to operate flights to Taipei, without compromising the traffic rights held by KLM for destinations in the People’s Republic of China. KLM Asia is no longer in official operation but its aircraft still fly in the KLM Asia livery.

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Air France-KLM announce a new plan to restore profitability

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have announced a new transformation plan to restore profitability in three years.

Here is the statement from the airlines:

At its meeting on 11 January 2012, the Board of Directors of Air France-KLM examined the transformation plan over three years (2012-2014) for the Group, and the implementation of the three priorities set out on 9th November last year: restoring competitiveness through cost-cutting, restructuring the short- and medium-haul operations and rapidly reducing debt.

Downward revision of capacity growth and investments

The Board of Directors first examined the Group’s growth prospects for the next three years. Given the uncertain economic environment and the ongoing imbalance between transport supply and demand, the Board deemed it necessary to opt for quasi stable capacity for the Air France-KLM Group in both passenger and cargo. Consequently, over the next three years (2012-2014), the Group will only increase capacity by a little over 5% on a cumulative basis.

This will lead to a shrinkage of the Group’s fleet with an attendant reduction in the investment program, with the exception of spending targeted at the ongoing improvement in operational safety and client service. The investment program will be reduced from over 6 billion euros over the period 2009-2011 to below 5 billion euros for the coming three years. This decision has led the Group to adjust its medium-term fleet plan combining, amongst others, the deferral of aircraft deliveries and the non-exercise of options.

Two billion euros debt reduction by end December 2014

The Board of Directors also considered as a key priority the reduction of the Group’s net debt by two billion euros to some 4.5 billion euros by end December 2014. Over the period 2012-2014, two billion euros in net cash flow will be generated through a combination of immediate actions and a transformation plan.

Immediate cost reduction measures

New cost cutting measures amounting to some one billion euros will be implemented immediately. They include a freeze on general pay rises in 2012 and 2013 at Air France and a policy of wage moderation at KLM. The hiring freeze introduced in September 2011 will also be pursued. Additional productivity measures, a further reduction in overhead costs and network adaptations will complete the measures.

These measures, the components of which have already been fully identified, will be implemented with immediate effect, in compliance with regulations concerning the information or consultation of the Group’s social partners.

Transformation plan

These improvements on their own, however, are not sufficient to guarantee the durable restoration of the Group’s competitive position and financial strength. The Board of Directors therefore decided to implement a transformation plan, encompassing all its businesses, with a target of generating an additional one billion euros in free cash flow over three years.

Improved productivity

The return to a satisfactory level of profitability will require a significant improvement in productivity in all parts of the Group, which will imply the renegotiation of the employment rules contained in the existing collective agreements. Negotiations with the organisations representing the various categories of employees concerned will begin rapidly.

Although the passenger business will be the primary focus with the restructuring of the short- and medium-haul operations, cargo and maintenance will also have to redefine their conditions for profitability.

Break-even of medium-haul within three years

The short and medium-haul network remains indispensable to the Group’s development, assuring not only its presence throughout Europe, but also feeding the long-haul operations of the two hubs, Paris-CDG and Amsterdam.

Since the financial crisis of 2008-2009, the structural decline in unit revenues has led, despite the NEO plan, to deepening losses in this business, estimated at some 700 million euros in 2011. As the financial results of recent quarters demonstrate, the long-haul operations, also subject to increasing competition, cannot alone offset these losses.

To restore the medium-haul business to breakeven, the Group is working on the following structural measures:

- better utilization rate of aircraft and assets;

- significantly improved productivity in all employee categories;

- redefinition of certain activities, potentially leading to more extensive outsourcing in some areas.

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Air France-KLM finalizes its order for 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Air France-KLM Group (Paris and Amsterdam) have finalized an order for 25 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with options. The order was signed in late December 2011 and was recorded on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer. A preliminary agreement was first announced on September 16, 2011 .

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is a slightly larger version of the 787-8 and will carry 250-290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles (14,800 to 15,750 kilometers). The 787 provides airlines with incredible fuel efficiency, resulting in exceptional environmental performance. The airplane uses 20 percent less fuel than today’s similarly sized airplanes. It also travels at a speed of Mach 0.85, which is similar to the speed of today’s fastest wide-body airplanes.

The order increases the number of 787-9s on order to 305 airplanes. The 787 Dreamliner family, including the 787-8 and 787-9, has accumulated a total of 860 orders from 59 customers located all over the world.

Eight French companies partner with Boeing on the 787 Dreamliner. They include Dassault Systemes (software solutions), Labinal (wiring), Latecoere (passenger doors), Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (main and nose landing gear, electric brakes), Michelin (aftermarket tyres), Radiall (connectors), Thales (electric power conversion system, flight display, in-flight entertainment system), and Zodiac Aerospace (primary power management system, emergency slides, water and waste systems, cabin interiors, galley inserts and seats, and other equipments).

The Air France-KLM Group is a long-time and valued customer with a large Boeing fleet of 188 airplanes in operation, including 74 for Air France and 114 for KLM. Air France-KLM is one of the world’s largest 777 operators.

Copyright Photo: Nik French. AF-KL Retrojet line-up at Manchester at night.

KLM is dropping the Amsterdam-Liverpool route on March 25

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) is dropping the Amsterdam-Liverpool route on March 25, 2012 per Airline Route. The route is operated by KLM Cityhopper Fokker 70s.

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KLM to consolidate Milan operations at Linate Airport

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) on March 25, 2012 will drop Malpensa Airport and concentrate its Milan operations at Linate Airport according to Airline Route.

Linate Airport (IATA: LIN, ICAO: LIML) is one of the three major airports of Milan, Italy, along with Malpensa Airport and Orio al Serio Airport. Due to its closer proximity to Milan – 4.8 miles east southeast of the city, compared with Malpensa, which is over 24 miles northwest of the city. The airport’s name comes from the small village where it is located in the town of Peschiera Borromeo. Its real name is “Airport Enrico Forlanini”, named after the Italian inventor and aeronautical pioneer born in Milan.

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KLM to resume service to Lusaka on May 15

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will restore the Amsterdam-Lusaka route on May 15, 2012. The restored Lusaka (Zambia) route will be operated three times a week with Airbus A330-200s.

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KLM to open up a new route to Havana, Cuba

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) will open up the Amsterdam-Havana route on October 31. The new route will be operated by McDonnell Douglas MD-11s, three times a week.

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KLM to drop the Amsterdam-Manila route in April 2012

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) has decided to drop the Amsterdam-Manila route in April 2012 due to rising taxes due to this report by Business World. KLM is the last European carrier flying to the Philippines.

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Air France-KLM splits its long-range order between Airbus and Boeing

Air France-KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Paris and Amsterdam) has split its order for long-range aircraft following a year-long competition, announcing plans to buy 30 Boeing 787-900 Dreamliners for KLM and 43 Airbus A350-900s for Air France.

The first Boeing 787-900 will enter service with KLM in 2016, and the first Airbus A350-900 with Air France in 2018.

Air France-KLM issued the following statement:

“The Air France-KLM Board of Directors, which met on September 15, approved the Group’s order of 110 long-haul aircraft (50 firm orders and 60 options), still subject to the finalization of discussions with the manufacturers.

This first joint long-haul order by Air France and KLM will be replacing in the medium term the aircraft with 200-350 seats currently present in the fleet and support the Group’s growing operations.

The acquisitions are scaled to a size that can be financed through cash flow generated from Group operations.

Consistent with the provisional fleet plan, this order will result in the Group’s operation of 73 next generation aircraft through 2024: 43 Airbus A350-900 and 30 Boeing 787-9. The first aircraft Boeing 787-9 order will enter into service with KLM in 2016 and the first Airbus A350-900 with Air France in 2018. Later, both airlines will operate both types of aircraft.

The selection of engines for the Boeing 787-9 will be made later. The Airbus A350-900 will be equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, the only engine provided for this aircraft by the manufacturer.

These new aircraft will reduce fuel consumption by over 15% and will give rise to a significant reduction in noise and gas emissions, confirming the Group’s commitments in terms of environment and sustainable development. Air France KLM is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index since 2004 and also leader of the “Transport and leisure” sector.

Within the framework of this order, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, the Group’s aircraft maintenance department, is confirming its commitment to position itself as a key market player for the maintenance of these aircraft and their engines.

Following this approval, memoranda of understanding will be signed with Airbus, Boeing and Rolls Royce and the finalized contracts are expected before the end of the year.”

Air France-KLM to deepen its capacity cuts

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) are considering deeper capacity cuts along with possible hiring freeze according to this article by Bloomberg.

The group lost $205 million in the last quarter ending on June 30.

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KLM becomes the first airline to operate a revenue biofuel passenger flight

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) yesterday (June 29) became the first airline in the world to operate a commercial flight on “biokerosene”, which included renewable jet fuel supplied by Dynamic Fuels LLC.

KLM used a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel and renewable jet fuel in both engines of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that carried 171 passengers from Amsterdam to Paris (CDG). The flight was a preview of more than 200 commercial flights between Amsterdam and Paris KLM plans to make in September using the same fuel.

KLM Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Please click on this photo for information about this special retrojet.

KLM introduces its “Delft Blue” Triple Seven

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) on June 15 introduced its “Delft Blue” logojet at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airpot. Together with the Mayor of Delft and KLM Managing Director Erik Varwijk, KLM opened the hangar doors, revealing this unique aircraft. Boeing 777-206 ER PH-BQP (msn 32721) boasts a coat of 4,000 stickers, each in the form of a Delft Blue tile.

The marketing campaign began with the worldwide Tile & Inspire contest that ran between April and May 2011. Everyone was invited to participate online, mainly via Facebook, to create a Delft Blue tile with an inspiring message in a bid to secure a place on a KLM aircraft. Around 4,000 winners were selected at random from the most inspiring entries. These tiles can now be seen on this Boeing 777-200, which also went into revenue service on the same day.

Delft Blue is linked to both Dutch culture and KLM. Since the 1950s, KLM has been presenting miniature Delftware houses to its World Business Class passengers travelling on intercontinental flights.

Delftware, or Delft pottery, denotes blue and white pottery made in and around the city of Delft in the Netherlands and the tin-glazed pottery made in the Netherlands from the 16th century.

Delftware is also a type of pottery in which a white glaze is applied, usually decorated with metal oxides. Delftware includes pottery objects of all descriptions such as plates, ornaments and tiles.

As many as 120,000 tiles were created in 154 countries; some 77,000 were submitted for a place on the aircraft. The campaign generated more than 50,000 extra likes on KLM’s Facebook page and more than 450,000 views on YouTube

KLM’s recent worldwide online Tile & Inspire campaign has been a great success. KLM challenged its Facebook fans and passengers to convert their profile pictures into a Delft Blue tile with an inspiring message, in the hope of winning a place on the body of a KLM Boeing 777-200. Inspiring messages were considered in Chinese, German, English, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. In the end, an entire series of tiles in these languages were selected for the aircraft. These inspiring messages will soon be flying to multiple destinations.

KLM Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Bottom Copyright Photo: TMK Photography.

Air France-KLM posts a fiscal year net profit of $874 million

Air France (Paris) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) (Air France-KLM Group) managed to produce a fiscal year profit of $874 million due mainly to its cost-cutting efforts.

Read the full story from the Financial Times: CLICK HERE

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Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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