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Air France-KLM announce their 2019 summer schedule with 58 new routes

For the 2019 summer season (March 31 to October 27, 2019), Air France-KLM is increasing capacity by 2% compared to the previous summer season1 and offering 58 new routes3. This growth is broken down as follows –

–        +1.3% for long-haul passenger operations,

–        +1.2% for medium and short-haul passenger operations,

–        +9.3% for Transavia’s low-cost operations.

LONG-HAUL: +1.3%

On its long-haul network, Air France-KLM will operate 4 new routes3

–        2 destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Dallas (USA) and Quito (Ecuador) with Air France.

–        2 destinations on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol – Boston and Las Vegas (USA) with KLM.

 

  • North America:

In the United States, Air France will inaugurate the Dallas/Fort Worth service with the completely redesigned Airbus A330 from March 31 to the end of the season with 5 weekly flights. KLM will launch a new service to Boston and Las Vegas, starting from March 31 and June 6 respectively. The company will also increase its flight frequencies to San Francisco as from July with an additional weekly flight (6 flights per week).

In Canada, Air France is adapting to demand by increasing its service to Toronto with 3 additional weekly flights operated by Boeing 777-200 equipped with the latest travel cabins (10 flights per week).

  • Central and South America and Caribbean:

In Brazil, since launching a new service to Fortaleza in May of last year, Air France and KLM confirm the popularity of this destination by respectively operating an additional frequency to Fortaleza. 3 weekly flights will thus connect Paris to Fortaleza and 4 weekly flights will connect Amsterdam to Fortaleza. Moreover, Joon will operate the service from France until June 26, after which the service will be entrusted to Air France.

In Columbia, KLM will increase service to Bogota and Cartagena with an additional flight (5 flights per week).

In Costa Rica, Air France will offer 3 weekly flights, i.e. 1 additional frequency.

In Ecuador, Air France will inaugurate the Paris – Quito route by Airbus A340 with 3 weekly flights.  Operated by Joon to begin with, the service will be resumed by Air France as of June 26.

In Suriname, KLM will add a frequency to Paramaribo as from July 1, increasing its capacity to 5 flights per week.

In the Caribbean, Air France will gradually resume its service to St Martin and increase its capacity with one additional weekly flight (3 fights per week). KLM will support this dynamic by introducing an additional frequency on the circle flights between St Martin and Curaçao (3 flights per week) as from July 5, 2019.

In Peru, Air France will operate an additional weekly flight to Lima, representing 7 flights per week.

In Panama, Air France customers will also benefit from an additional weekly flight between Paris and Panama (7 flights per week).

  • Asia and the Middle East:

In Japan, the Air France-KLM group is significantly increasing its service to Tokyo – 2 additional flights to Tokyo-Haneda on departure from Paris with Air France (14 weekly flights) and 3 additional flights to Tokyo-Narita on departure from Amsterdam with KLM (10 weekly flights). With these increased frequencies, the group is increasing capacity by +12% to Japan.

In China: KLM supports this dynamic in Asia with an additional weekly flight to Shanghai (12 weekly flights).

In India, Air France customers will enjoy a new travel experience on board the Airbus A330 to Bangalore and Delhi thanks to the new cabins in Business (36 seats), Premium Economy (21 seats) and Economy (167 seats). 15 aircraft will be completely redesigned by 2020.

  • Africa and the Indian Ocean:

In Kenya, Air France will offer 2 additional weekly flights to Nairobi, representing 5 weekly flights. The route will be operated by the redesigned Airbus A330.

In Côte d’Ivoire, customers will enjoy 3 additional frequencies to Abidjan (17 weekly flights).

 

MEDIUM AND SHORT-HAUL: +1.2%

On its medium and short-haul network, the group is expanding its offer of destinations and connections with 26 new routes2.

 

Throughout the 2019 summer season, the Air France-KLM group will offer 7 new routes2 on departure from the main hubs and regions:

 

–        On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle with Air France: Belgrade (Serbia), Tbilissi (Georgia) and Lorient (France) as from March 31.

–        On departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol with KLM: Wroclaw (Poland) as from May 6 and Naples (Italy) as from April 21.

–        On departure from the French regions with Air France HOP:

o   On departure from Lyon – Lorient (France),

o   On departure from Brest – Amsterdam (Netherlands),

 

During the peak summer period, the Air France-KLM group will offer 19 new routes2:

–       On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Heraklion (Crete, Greece), Olbia (Sardinia, Italy), Palermo (Sicily, Italy) and Split (Croatia) with Air France.

–       On departure from the French regions with Air France HOP:

o   On departure from Bordeaux – Athens (Greece),

o   On departure from Toulouse – Copenhagen (Denmark) and Minorca (Spain),

o   On departure from Marseille – Heraklion (Greece) and La Rochelle (France),

o   On departure from Brest – Bastia (France) and Nice (France),

o   On departure from Caen – Calvi (France),

o   On departure from Nice – La Rochelle (France) and Pau (France),

o   On departure from Rouen – Figari (France),

o   On departure from Nantes – Toulon (France),

o   On departure from Metz – Figari (France),

o   On departure from Perpignan – Strasbourg (France),

o   On departure from Rennes – Calvi (France).

TRANSAVIA: +9.3%

Transavia will develop its network from all its bases in France (Orly, Lyon and Nantes) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven) with 28 new routes3

–        From Eindhoven – Krakow (Poland) in continuation of the winter season and Zakynthos (Greece).

–        From Rotterdam – Nador (Morocco) and Lanzarote (Spain) in continuation of the winter season, Nice (France), Brindisi (Italy), Tangiers (Morocco), Corfu (Greece), Kos (Greece) and Zadar (Croatia).

–        From Amsterdam – Beirut (Lebanon) in continuation of the winter season.

–        From Groningen – Tenerife (Spain) in continuation of the winter season.

–        From Paris-Orly: Extension of service to Tenerife (Spain) in continuation of the winter season, Brindisi (Italy), Nador (Morocco), Minorca (Spain), Kos (Greece), Rhodes (Greece) and Zakynthos (Greece).

–         From Nantes – Tel Aviv (Israel) in continuation of the winter season, Budapest (Hungary), Mykonos (Greece), Santorini (Greece), Palermo (Italy), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Tunis (Tunisia).

–         From Lyon – Beirut (Lebanon) and Casablanca (Morocco).

 

On departure from the Netherlands, the Group’s low-cost company will increase its capacity by 4.5%.

On departure from France, total growth in capacity will amount to 16%.

 

CABINS HARMONIZATION AND SIMPLIFICATION FOR AN ENHANCED TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

The Air France-KLM group is harmonizing the distribution of its cabins on its long-haul network in order to guarantee its customers a clearer, simpler and more consistent travel experience.

In this way, the Air France La Première cabin will be available at least once a day to San Francisco, New York, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Abidjan, Dubai, Beirut, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo-Haneda and Singapore. The company is standardizing its routes by mainly assigning its Airbus A380s to the United States.

Finally, Air France is harmonizing its products and services by constantly operating the same type of aircraft to a destination such as Tokyo-Haneda, which is operated daily by Boeing 777-200, Santiago de Chile by Boeing 777-300 and Toronto by Boeing 777-300.

KLM will be offering its new World Business Class on all its long-haul destinations. Its new Economy cabin will also be available on all Boeing 777, 787 and Airbus A330 aircraft.

AN ENHANCED AND MODERNIZED FLEET

Air France will welcome its first Airbus A350 (324 seats) in September 2019. Another 6 aircraft will be added to the fleet by the end of 2020. In addition, Air France will receive two Dreamliner 787-9 for the summer season, to operate a total fleet of 9 Dreamliner 787-9.

On July 1, KLM will launch the latest version of the Dreamliner: the Boeing 787-10 (344 seats). This latest generation aircraft is in addition to the company’s 13 Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Another 7 Boeing 787-10 aircraft will be added to the fleet by the end of 2020.

Transavia will fly its customers on board its 79 Boeing 737s throughout the 2019 summer season.

 

STRENGTHENED AGREEMENTS BETWEEN AIR FRANCE, KLM AND VIRGIN ATLANTIC

On March 4, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic announced their first code-share agreement, offering their respective customers new travel options to and from North America and more opportunities to earn miles with their frequent flyer programmes. Thanks to this partnership, customers of the three airlines can create their own tailor-made transatlantic trip by choosing from the many flight options operated by Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Delta.

As a result, Air France and KLM customers will have access to a wide choice of additional flights with 24 new routes available between the United Kingdom and North America via London-Heathrow and Manchester. They will have access to more frequent flights on certain routes such as Amsterdam – Miami via London-Heathrow, as well as additional options between Paris and New York via Manchester.

1Capacity measured in available seat-km compared to the 2018 summer season forecasts.

2Compared to the 2018 summer season.

3Air traffic route – service connecting an airport to another.

 

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About Air France-KLM

Air France-KLM is the leading group in terms of international traffic on departure from Europe. It offers its customers access to a network covering 314 destinations in 116 countries thanks to Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia. With a fleet of 548 aircraft in operation and 101.4 million passengers carried in 2018, Air France-KLM operates up to 2,300 daily flights, mainly from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.

Its Flying Blue frequent flyer program is one of the leaders in Europe with over 15 million members.

Together with its partners Delta Air Lines and Alitalia, Air France-KLM operates the largest transatlantic joint venture with more than 275 daily flights.

The Group also offers cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance solutions.

Air France-KLM is a member of the SkyTeam alliance which has 19 member airlines, offering customers access to a global network of over 14,500 daily flights to more than 1,150 destinations in more than 175 countries.

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Air France committed to gender diversity and professional equality

Air France issued this statement:

  • A strong and long-standing commitment to gender equality in the workplace;
  • Key partnerships to fight sexism, the education of young girls and the feminization of professions;
  • Spontaneous initiatives carried out by staff on March 8, including flights with all-female crews.

Air France is one of the few companies run by two women, a Chairwoman of the Board of Directors and a female CEO.

“Beyond the exception and the symbol, I am convinced that companies that are committed to gender equality are the most competitive, attractive and innovative companies. Our responsibility is to be fully involved. This is the role of the many actions carried out by Air France” said Anne-Marie Couderc, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Air France and Air France-KLM.

“The 89/100 score for the Air France gender equality professional index is a first good result but we must not reduce our efforts. We still have a long way to go, with the future recruitment of female pilots, engineers, technicians, digital specialists etc. thanks to the attitude of each man and woman in the company, whose desires to promote gender diversity in all sectors and professions” said Anne Rigail, Air France CEO.

Air France has a long-standing commitment to gender diversity and professional equality between men and women. Aware of its role, Air France is committed to promoting professional equality within its teams, but also to boosting a positive dynamic in the regions where it operates.

A longstanding commitment to equality

Air France is an advocate for equal pay for men and women. Since 2002, this notion has been officially integrated into its policy. Since 2008, Air France has undertaken wage catch-up measures to reduce the pay gap between men and women within the company. In 2018, Air France signed its 5th three-year agreement with its social partners on gender equality in the workplace. Today, the company is continuing along this line to achieve the objective of equal pay for comparable work, seniority, and skills.

A score of 89/100 for the gender equality index

On March 1, 2019, in line with its legal obligations, Air France published its index on professional equality between men and women. Air France obtained a score of 89/100, the minimum threshold set by the government being 75/100. This result reflects the commitment and work of all Air France staff to achieve true professional equality and is an encouragement to continue these efforts.

Promote an inclusive workplace and put an end to sexism

In society and in companies, while there has been real progress in terms of professional equality, gender stereotypes persist. This is one of the main focus areas for Air France, which in 2017 had already introduced an in-house campaign called “#Osonsledire”, encouraging staff to share the sexist remarks they hear on a daily basis.

In 2019, Air France is continuing its actions and is conducting additional efforts to put an end to everyday sexism in the workplace.

As such, Air France has signed the Diversity Charter and joins 30 major French companies in the #StOpE initiative, supported by the government (for more details, please visit https://www.charte-diversite.com/linitiative-stope-contre-le-sexisme-ordinaire-en-entreprise). In this context, the company plans to carry out regular initiatives throughout the year to put an end to words and gestures that can consciously or unconsciously delegitimize or belittle women in their professional development.

Creating Opportunities for Women in Male-Dominated Industries

At Air France, women are also pilots, engineers, general managers, mechanics, and hold many other positions still too often associated with men. Growth in women’s employment in male-dominated industries is a fundamental aspect of professional equality and Air France promotes access for women to all professions and encourages women of all ages to follow these professional paths.

Air France promotes women in technical professions, in particular as part of the “Feminizing Airline Professions” event that has been running for several years during the Paris Air Show. Since 2017, Air France has also been a partner of the “Ellesbougent” (Girls on the move) Association to promote diversity at the career guidance stage. More than 50 female sponsors are involved, particularly in the fields of aeronautical maintenance, IT and digital technology, to take part in various actions with secondary school girls and students and inspire them for the future. In addition, as girls’ education is the key to giving them the opportunity to choose their professional future, the company is committed through the actions of the Air France Foundation to several associations around the world working to promote the education of girls and young women.

In the same vein, Air France is also joining forces with the “Journée de la Femme Digitale” to be held in Paris on April 17, where Anne Rigail, Air France CEO, will be the sponsor of this 7th edition on the theme “They are changing the world”.

Female leadership

In order to break down barriers for women in the workplace, women should have access to the highest levels of responsibility in the company. In order to promote their career progress, Air France organizes coaching and support initiatives. With 35.5% of female managers for ground staff, 55.5% of women on the Board of Directors and 28.6% of women on the Executive Committee, Air France aims to achieve real gender diversity in positions of responsibility, giving priority to skills.

Women for Tomorrow

This network, called Women for Tomorrow (WoTo) was the brainchild of several women in the company who wanted to create a place for exchange, with meetings, debates, workshops, etc. to promote women in the company and strengthen gender diversity. On March 8, 2019, the network will celebrate its first anniversary.

Fun initiatives to put women in the spotlight

On March 8, on International Women’s Day, Air France will demonstrate its commitment to equality in the workplace via numerous special events that will take place in France. As flight is a time of pleasure and relaxation, these events have been designed in a festive spirit. They are the hallmark of everyone’s commitment to diversity in all its forms within Air France. In the boarding lounges and in the Business lounges, special treatment has been arranged for female customers, from priority boarding to the distribution of roses and chocolates, all of which are designed to make customers smile on this special day.

Finally, as the company’s flag bearers, all-female crews (flight attendants and pilots) have been formed on a voluntary basis. Seven all-female crews will operate flights on departure from all over France on the long, medium and short-haul networks, highlighting Air France’s commitment to women’s rights throughout the world.

Virgin Atlantic, Air France and KLM launch codeshare partnership

Virgin Atlantic, Air France and KLM have announced their first codeshare agreement – creating new transatlantic travel options to and from North America, and providing more opportunities to earn frequent flyer miles.

The partnership makes it easier for customers to build their ideal trip across the Atlantic by combining flights operated by Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic and Delta. Customers booking on a codeshare benefit from seamless connections, and a single booking reference. Customers travelling on codeshare flights will also be able to earn miles, and redeem them via their own airline loyalty scheme.

Virgin Atlantic brings the UK’s Regions closer to North America

Virgin Atlantic customers can now book a wide range of additional flights at virginatlantic.com – opening up 58 new routes from 18 UK airports across the Atlantic with Air France and KLM.  Examples of new route options from the UK include Edinburgh – Toronto via Amsterdam, and London Heathrow – Chicago via Paris

Air France and KLM increase flight options across the Atlantic

Air France and KLM customers can now access 24 new routes to North America on flights operated by Virgin Atlantic and Delta departing the UK including connections via London Heathrow or Manchester.  Customers can benefit from additional frequencies to destinations such as Miami from Amsterdam via London Heathrow alongside increased options to fly between Paris and New York-JFK via Manchester.

More options to fly Delta

Delta is building on its successful partnerships with Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic, giving customers from these airlines more opportunity to fly on Delta’s transatlantic services.   Virgin customers travelling between the United Kingdom and the US now have the choice to connect onto all of Delta’s flights over Amsterdam and Paris. Meanwhile Air France and KLM customers have additional options to fly either nonstop or via the UK on all Delta services to the US.

Virgin Atlantic, Delta and Air France–KLM are set to form an expanded joint venture later in 2019. Subject to final clearance from regulators, the airlines will be founding members of a $13bn transatlantic partnership for customers between the UK, Europe and North America, offering over 300 daily transatlantic flights, 108 non-stop routes, and over 340 destinations.

1. The combined codeshare network serves 18 airports in the U.K. including: Aberdeen, Belfast, Belfast City, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Inverness, Leeds-Bradford, London-City, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

2.  Virgin Atlantic codeshare on Air France operated Flights:

3.Virgin Atlantic codeshare on KLM operated Flights:

4.Virgin Atlantic codeshare on Delta operated Flights from CDG and AMS:

5. Air France and KLM codeshare on Virgin operated Flights:

6. Expanded Air France and KLM codeshare on Delta operated Flights from the UK:

 

50 Years of the Concorde

The 50th Anniversary of the first BAC-Aerospatiale Concorde flight was on March 2, 2019. Concorde 001 made its first test flight from Toulouse on March 2, 1969.

From Wikipedia:

Scheduled flights began on January 21, 1976 on the London–Bahrain and Paris–Rio de Janeiro (via Dakar) routes, with BA flights using the Speedbird Concorde call sign to notify air traffic control of the aircraft’s unique abilities and restrictions, but the French using their normal call signs. The Paris-Caracas route (via Azores) began on April 10. The US Congress had just banned Concorde landings in the US, mainly due to citizen protest over sonic booms, preventing launch on the coveted North Atlantic routes. The US Secretary of Transportation, William Coleman, gave permission for Concorde service to Washington Dulles International Airport, and Air France and British Airways simultaneously began a thrice-weekly service to Dulles on May 24, 1976.

Of the twenty aircraft built, 18 are still intact and in museums around the world.

 

 

The new Air France La Première comfort kit is revealed

Over the past few days, Air France has been offering its customers a brand new comfort kit exclusively available on board the La Première cabin. Available in a choice of two colours (“Iced Mocha” and “French grey”), this kit with an imitation leather finish and magnetic fastening sums up in three words the unique experience that Air France wishes to offer its La Première customers – exclusivity, refinement and personalization.

Inside this “designer” kit, customers will find a range of facial and body care treatments from the prestigious cosmetics company Carita for their enhanced well-being on board –

  • A moisturizing and regenerating cream, ‘Baume de nuit’ (10ml);
  • An eye care product, ‘Combleur Fondamental’ (7ml) ;
  • A cream for the eyes and lips, ‘Soin sublimateur 3 Ors’ (7ml);
  • An original youthful hand serum, ‘Progressif Lift fermeté’ (10ml);

The kit also contains extra items for additional comfort, such as an exclusive offer for a hair care treatment with styling*, a comb, a night mask, earplugs, earphone covers and a pen with Air France’s emblem, the winged seahorse.

Renewed every six months, the Air France La Première kit is designed as a true gift for customers to take home with them after the trip.

Carita, enhanced beauty products exclusively for our La Première customers

Carita, a luxury brand of professional beauty products, accompanies La Première customers on board. In addition to the beauty products available in the new La Première kit, the French cosmetics brand also offers make-up removal and moisturizing products available to all throughout the flight:

  • A hydro-energizing make-up remover for the face, eyes and lips, “Gelée des Lagons”;
  • A hydro-energizing mist lotion, “Eau des Lagons”;
  • An ultra-nourishing oil for the face, body and hair, “Fluide de Beauté 14**;
  • An ultra-moisturizing treatment for the body, “Lait de Beauté 14**”.

*Free with any purchase of a 1 hour 30 minute face treatment and valid exclusively at La Maison de Beauté Carita Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
**Available only on board A380 aircraft equipped with La Première cabin.

Air France to phase out the Joon brand in June

Joon (Air France) Airbus A340-313 F-GLZN (msn 245) CDG (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 945737.

Joon is ending in June. Air France will close out the Joon brand in late June.

According to Airline Route, the last Joon flight (JN/JON codes) will be operated between St. Maarten and Paris (CDG) on June 28, 2019 (subject to change).

Top Copyright Photo: Joon (Air France) Airbus A340-313 F-GLZN (msn 245) CDG (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 945737.

Joon aircraft slide show:

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Air France-KLM to simplify its structure

The Board of Directors of Air France-KLM on February 19 unanimously approved the presentation of Benjamin Smith, CEO Air France-KLM, outlining his ambitions for the Group, principles of managerial governance, strategic decisions and processes to be made at Group level with the goal of simplifying and improving the governance of the Group in order to reach European airline leadership.

Some key elements necessary to achieve the long-term goals of the Group:

  • Create a new Group CEO Committee to determine the strategic direction for all Group airlines and business units. This CEO committee will be chaired by Benjamin Smith. The other members of the committee include Pieter Elbers (CEO KLM), Anne Rigail (CEO Air France) and Frédéric Gagey (CFO Air France-KLM). The three of them will report directly to Benjamin Smith.
  • Increase collaboration across the Group to better capture synergies, efficiencies and economies of scale, with the aim of improving overall Group profitability
  • Celebrate the longstanding heritage, reputation and brand recognition of Air France, KLM and Transavia within their respective markets and reinforce the Group’s position at it two hubs, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • Simplify key Group operational processes in the following areas: fleet and network strategy, commercial and alliances strategy, human resources, purchasing, digital and data management.

The Board of Air France-KLM concurs with the Supervisory Board of KLM and proposes the renewal of Pieter Elbers as CEO of KLM during the KLM Annual General Meeting in April.

Both Anne Rigail and Pieter Elbers are hereby also appointed Air France-KLM Deputy CEOs and have expressed their commitment to build the Group’s success alongside Benjamin Smith.

The Air France-KLM Board of Directors acknowledges the entry of Benjamin Smith to the Supervisory Board of KLM at their next AGM.

Cees’t Hart will become a member of the Air France-KLM Board of Directors at the Group’s next AGM, replacing Hans Smits.

“We are convinced that Benjamin Smith and his team, with the renewal of Pieter Elbers, will drive further growth at Air France-KLM, leveraging the combined strength and experience provided by the Group and its airlines.” said Anne-Marie Couderc, Chair of the Air France-KLM Board. “The Board of Directors welcomes this new management structure adopted today, that will help the Group, under the clear leadership of Benjamin, achieve industry leadership and success”