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Air France to offer Paris Orly – Algiers service

Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHS (msn 1444) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943717.

Air France has made this announcement:

From January 2, 2020, Air France will operate four new frequencies to Algiers (Algeria) on departure from Paris-Orly.

The Paris-Orly – Algiers service will be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays by Airbus A319 (143 seats).

Flight schedules from Paris-Orly (in local time):

Air France will operate flights to Algiers from Paris-Orly four times weekly by Airbus A319 with a capacity of 143 seats. This new offer is in addition to the 27 weekly flights operated out of Paris-Charles de Gaulle, i.e., a total of over 30 flights between Paris and Algiers.

            Paris-Orly – Algiers

 Day

Flight number

Departure time

Arrival time

Tuesday

AF9454

9:40

11:50

Thursday

AF9454

8:40

10:50

Saturday

AF9454

13:50

16:00

Sunday

AF9454

10:00

12:10

 

Algiers – Paris-Orly

 Day

Flight number

Departure time

Arrival time

Tuesday

AF9455

13:10

15:30

Thursday

AF9455

12:10

14:30

Saturday

AF9455

17:20

19:40

Sunday

AF9455

13:40

16:00

 

This new route offered by Air France is in addition to those operated by Transavia –

  • 3 weekly flights from Nantes
  • 2 weekly flights from Lyon

8 new medium-haul routes

In total, Air France will offer 8 new routes in 2020:

  • From Paris-Orly: Algiers (Algeria) and Madrid (Spain);
  • From Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Krakow (Poland), Faro (Portugal), Alicante, Malaga, Sevilla and Valencia (Spain).

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHS (msn 1444) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943717.

Air France aircraft slide show:

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Air France and KLM to offer one-stop flight from Manila to Paris-Charles de Gaulle via Taipei

Air France's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Air France-KLM have made this announcement:

From November 5, 2019, Air France and KLM are offering a one-stop flight from Manila to Paris with a faster and smoother connection via Taipei. The service with KLM from Manila to Taipei, now connects KLM from Taipei directly to Amsterdam and Air France seamlessly to Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

The Air France flights from Taipei operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Flight schedule in local time

Winter schedule November 5, 2019 – March 26, 2020

MANILA – PARIS (VIA TAIPEI)

FLIGHT

ROUTE

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

AIR CRAFT

AF8415

(operated by KLM)

MANILA – TAIPEI

20:35

22:55

B777

AF557

(operated by Air France)

TAIPEI  –  PARIS-CDG

00:45

07:50

B787-9

AF552

(operated by Air France)

PARIS-CDG – TAIPEI

19:00

14:45+1 day

B787-9

AF8414

(operated by KLM)

TAIPEI – MANILA

17:05

19:20

B777

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (msn 38769) LHR (Antony J. Best). Image: 937138.

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Air France-KLM presents its go forward plan

Air France-KLM made this announcement:

Air France-KLM is organizing a presentation for investors. On this occasion, Benjamin Smith, Air France-KLM CEO, along with Pieter Elbers, KLM President and CEO, Anne Rigail, Air France CEO, and Frederic Gagey, Air France-KLM CFO, will outline the group’s strategic priorities and its financial trajectory over the next five years.

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  •   Restore a dynamic of sustainable profitability based on a new value-focused model for the group’s primary stakeholders: employees, customers, and shareholders.
  •   A plan built around four main strategic priorities: optimising the operational model, refocusing passenger revenue growth around the most profitable segments, developing initiatives on customer data, the Flying Blue loyalty program, maintenance and cargo, and pragmatically analyzing consolidation opportunities. Each of these initiatives support the group’s goal to remain a leader in the sector’s ecological transition.
  •   Financial targets:

o Profit: Medium-term operating margin of 7-8%
o Cash: Medium-term positive adjusted Free Cash Flows
o Leverage:Netdebt/EBITDAratiocirca1.5x
o Shareholderreturns:Prospectsforreturningtodividenddistribution

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“In a competitive and fast-transforming environment for European airlines, the Air France-KLM Group has all the assets to regain its leadership position”, said Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM Group. “Thanks to the dedication of our employees at Air France, KLM and Transavia, since the end of 2018 we have been able to establish the fundamentals of our go forward plan: simplifying our fleet, clarifying our brand and market positioning, and unlocking significant commercial and operational flexibility thanks to new labour agreements. This is the starting point of a strategy that will allow Air France-KLM to reinvent itself, creating value for all key stakeholders. We will optimize our operational model and increase revenues to significantly improve our operating margin. Everything we do will support our goal of remaining an industry pioneer as the airline group most committed to global environmental sustainability.”

The Air France-KLM Group has several unique assets: the strength of its three brands Air France, KLM and Transavia, its two hubs in Paris – the world’s leading inbound destination – and Amsterdam – the leading European connection hub and where the airline hub-and-spoke model was first invented, its extensive and highly complementary combined network, and its powerful commercial partnerships.

To fully leverage these assets, the Group must simplify and optimize its mode of operation and reposition itself to pursue the most profitable traffic.

At the end of 2018 work was started to lay the foundation for future success, and the next steps will revolve around four main strategic priorities, to be rolled out at each airline.

Optimize the Operating Model: Reduce Operating Costs and Increase Efficiency

  •   Managing fleet and product in a more flexible and optimal way
  •   Simplifying each airline’s internal processes
  •   Accelerating fleet renewal
  •   Implementing additional Group synergies
  •   Lobbying French authorities to create a more competitive airline business environment Refocus Growth of Passenger Revenue on Most Profitable Segments by Leveraging

    Hubs and Powerful Brand Identities

  •   Simplifying the brand portfolio around the three master brands: Air France, KLM, and Transavia, to better target relevant and most profitable market segments
  •   Optimizing the networks, each airline focusing on its unique expertise and core assets:

o For KLM, strengthen its leadership position at Schiphol while continuing to grow in

order to become the benchmark carrier for connecting traffic to and from Europe.
o For Air France, leverage its local market and premium strength, with Paris and France

being the world’s leading inbound destinations.
o For Air France and Transavia, strengthen their positions at Paris-Orly by better leveraging the slot portfolios at the slot-constrained airport.
o For Transavia, consolidate its leading low-cost position in The Netherlands and aim to become the leading low-cost airline in France in terms of number of based aircraft.
 More accurate targeting of customers for an increasingly personalized offer at a reduced cost of sale

At the same time, the group will continue to grow its other businesses and leverage Customer Data, Flying Blue, Cargo, and Engineering & Maintenance

  •   Leverage customer data as a major asset of the Group
  •   Accelerate development of Flying Blue, continuing 2018 program evolution
  •   Further develop Cargo contribution
  •   Position E&M on a profitable growth path, while contributing to airline operational

    performance

    The Air France-KLM Group will continue to pragmatically evaluate consolidation

    opportunities

 On the strength of its numerous successful global partnerships, Air France-KLM will pragmatically consider consolidation opportunities when and where they make sense, with a view to complementing and strengthening the Air France and KLM networks while maintaining strict financial discipline.

The Group’s strategic roadmap is an integral part of a global responsible and sustainable road to European leadership

  •   Air France-KLM will remain an industry pioneer in terms of sustainable aviation, notably by implementing an environmental and societal plan to 2030.
  •   From an environmental perspective, the three airlines have adopted important measures aimed at cutting their CO2 emissions per passenger by 50% by 2030, as well as promoting the emergence of sustainable fuels.

Air France increases capacity to Madrid with new departures from Paris Orly

From March 23, 2020, Air France will operate 12 new weekly flights to Madrid (Spain) on departure from Paris-Orly, i.e. up to two daily frequencies.

Flights will be operated in the morning and afternoon. In this way, Air France is offering more outbound and return flight options and increasing overall capacity to Madrid, with up to eight daily flights departing Paris (Orly and Roissy-Charles de Gaulle).

This offer, in addition to the flights operated by Transavia, strengthens the presence of the Air France-KLM Group in providing a more efficient response to its business and leisure customers’ requirements.

MADRID, THE RADIANT CITY

Flights to Madrid will be operated by Air France 12-times weekly by Airbus A318 with a capacity of 131 seats (10 in Business and 116 in Economy), in addition to the six daily flights operated on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Flight schedules from Paris-Orly (in local time):

7 NEW ROUTES FOR THE 2020 SUMMER SEASON

In total, Air France will offer 7 new routes throughout next summer –

– From Paris-Orly: Madrid (Spain);
– From Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Krakow (Poland), Faro (Portugal), Alicante, Malaga, Sevilla and Valencia (Spain).

Air France aircraft photo gallery:

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Air France – KLM announce their winter schedule

Air France-KLM 2019-2020 Winter Schedule: +2.5% Increase in Capacity

· +2.5% compared to the previous winter season1;
· 32 new routes2 across the entire Air France-KLM network3.

For the 2019-2020 winter season (October 27, 2019 to March 28, 2020), Air France-KLM is increasing capacity by +2.5% year over year1 and is offering 32 new routes3. This increase is distributed as follows:

– +4% on the long-haul network,
– -2% on the medium-haul and short-haul networks,
– -1.9% for Transavia.

Long-haul: +4%

On its long-haul network, the Air France-KLM Group is increasing capacity by 4%, particularly to the Americas and Asia with Air France and to India with KLM.

The Group is offering five new routes3 and several additional frequencies compared to the previous winter season:

– 1 new flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle with Air France to Quito (Ecuador)
– 4 new flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol with KLM: Boston (USA), Las Vegas (USA), Liberia (Costa Rica) and Bangalore (India).

· North America

In the United States, KLM is operating flights during the winter season for the first time to two new destinations: three weekly flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol to Boston with an Airbus A330-300 (292 seats) and three weekly flights to Las Vegas with a Boeing 787-9 (294 seats), continuing services from the summer season. Air France is also operating four additional weekly flights to Washington D.C. from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (for a total of 11 weekly flights).

In Canada, Air France’s Airbus A350-900, which joined the fleet this September, is flying to Toronto throughout the winter season. The company is also increasing the number of services to Montreal with one additional weekly flight (for a total of 14 weekly flights).

· Central and South America and the Caribbean:

In Mexico, Air France is increasing the number of services to Cancun with two additional flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (up to seven weekly frequencies), operated by Boeing 777-300ER (468 seats).

In Costa Rica, KLM is starting service to Guanacaste, Liberia, with four weekly flights operated by a Boeing 787-9 (294 seats). This destination is offered as a continuation of service to San Jose.

In Ecuador, Air France is operating flights for the first time during the winter season to Quito with three weekly flights, in continuation of the 2019 summer season. This route is operated by a Boeing 787-9 (276 seats).

In Colombia, KLM is increasing the number of flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol to Bogota and Cartagena with an additional flight, i.e. six weekly frequencies.

In Brazil, KLM is operating an additional flight to Fortaleza, i.e. four weekly flights.

In Peru, Air France is increasing seat capacity to Lima by +55% with two additional flights (for a total of five weekly flights).

In Chile, Air France is operating three additional flights to Santiago de Chile, i.e. 10x weekly

In Suriname, KLM is operating an additional flight to offer its customers a total of five weekly frequencies to Paramaribo.

In the Caribbean, Air France is increasing service to Saint Martin with one additional flight (now six weekly). In addition, KLM is resuming operations of direct flights to this destination with three weekly non-stop flights. The number of seats available to Curacao is also increasing by 15% thanks to four additional flights operated by KLM (now 11x weekly).

In Guadeloupe, from 16 to 29 December, Air France is operating four additional flights to Pointe-à-Pitre, for a total of 5,616 seats.

In Martinique, from 16 to 29 December, Air France is continuing to increase capacity to the French West Indies, offering six additional flights to Fort-de-France, i.e. 17 weekly flights.

· Asia and the Middle East

In South Korea, Air France customers will be able to fly to Seoul from December 9 with its new Airbus A350-900, the latest addition to the airline’s fleet.

In Japan, Air France is increasing the number of services to Osaka and Tokyo-Haneda, with one additional flight, i.e. six and 14 weekly flights, respectively.

In China, KLM is operating 11 weekly flights to Shanghai thanks to one additional flight.

In India, KLM is flying to Bangalore for the first time during the winter season, operating three times a week with a Boeing 787-9. KLM is also offering two additional flights to Mumbai (now 5x weekly).

In the United Arab Emirates, Air France is increasing the number of flights to Dubai, offering two additional flights, for a total of 12 weekly frequencies with a Boeing 777-300ER (296 seats).

· Africa and Indian Ocean

In Kenya, Air France is increasing service to Nairobi with two additional flights (now five weekly flights). KLM customers can now fly to this destination with a Boeing 787-10, which replaces the Boeing 747-400.

In Côte d’Ivoire, Air France is increasing seat capacity by +9% to Abidjan with five additional flights (now 12 weekly flights). The destination is served by the latest-generation Airbus A350-900 aircraft until 8 December 2019 and subsequently from 10 February 2020, as a continuation of flights to Bamako.

In Chad, Air France is increasing service to N’Djamena with an additional flight, i.e. 4 weekly flights.

In Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Air France is increasing the frequency of its flights and is offering a daily flight each to Brazzaville and Kinshasa with three and four additional flights respectively.

In Reunion, from 28 October to 12 January, Air France is increasing seat capacity by +13% to Saint-Denis with two additional flights, i.e., 13 weekly flights for the peak winter season.

Medium and short-haul: -2%

In the highly competitive market environment, capacity in the medium- and short-haul sector fell by 2%. In this context, the Air France-KLM Group has chosen to launch numerous initiatives to improve its value proposition, adapt to customer demand, and enhance its service to new destinations and facilitate connections with the launch of 10 new routes3, compared to the previous winter season.

Throughout the 2019-2020 winter season, Air France-KLM is offering five new routes –

– From Paris-Charles de Gaulle with Air France: Belgrade (Serbia), continuing from the 2019 summer season
– From Paris-Orly with Air France: Geneva (Switzerland)
– From Amsterdam-Schiphol with KLM: Naples (Italy) and Wroclaw (Poland), continuing from the 2019 summer season.
– From the French regions with Air France HOP:
o From Brest: Amsterdam-Schiphol (Netherlands) in continuation of the 2019 summer season

During the peak winter season, Air France-KLM is offering five new routes:

– From the French regions with Air France HOP:
o From Nice: Biarritz, Brest and Caen (France)
o From Strasbourg: Biarritz (France)
o From Metz: Pau (France)

First 737 with Split Scimitar Winglets in partnership with GKN Fokker Techniek

Above Copyright Photo: Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 SSWL PH-HSK (msn 41330) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 947370.

Transavia (Netherlands) aircraft slide show:

Transavia: -1.9%

Transavia, the Group’s low-cost airline, is adapting to customer demand during the winter season and is consolidating its network from all its bases in France (Orly, Lyon and Nantes) and in the Netherlands (Amsterdam-Schiphol, Rotterdam and Eindhoven) with 17 new routes3 compared to the previous winter season.

– From Paris-Orly: Lanzarote (Spain), Fuerteventura (Spain) and Ouarzazate (Morocco) for the first time, as well as Catania (Sicily, Italy), Reykjavik (Iceland), Nador (Morocco), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Thessaloniki (Greece) and Tirana (Albania) in continuation of the 2019 summer season.
– From Lyon: Beirut (Lebanon).
– From Nantes: Geneva (Switzerland) and Istanbul (Turkey) for the first time, as well as Oran (Algeria) and Tunis (Tunisia) in continuation of the 2019 summer season.
– From Amsterdam-Schiphol: Amman (Jordan), Reykjavik (Iceland).
– From Rotterdam: Tangier (Morocco).

1Capacity measured in available seat-kilometres compared to the 2018-2019 winter schedule.

2Compared to the 2018-2019 winter season.

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

China Eastern, Virgin Atlantic, Air France and KLM announce its intention to launch a joint venture

China Eastern Airlines made this announcement:

On October 16, 2019 China Eastern has announced its intention to enter into a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic, Air France and KLM, providing more valuable and attractive joint commercial propositions for customers between Europe and China.

China Eastern currently has joint venture with Air France and KLM by working together on a portfolio of flights between China and Paris, Amsterdam. With Virgin Atlantic joining the existing partnership between China Eastern, Air France and KLM, the enlarged cooperation will offer strengthened customer benefits including increased travel options and optimized connectivity across Europeand China,further facilitated by a developed joint network, as well as competitive joint commercial propositions.

The China to United Kingdom markets are expected to be pivotal at a time where China Eastern and Virgin Atlantic services linking Londonto Shanghai are part of the mutualized offer. China Eastern plans to seek to codeshare for the first time on Virgin Atlantic services between London and Shanghai. This will open up a range of customer benefits, including the opportunity for customers to earn and redeem miles across both carriers on flights between China and United Kingdom.

The announcement reaffirms China Eastern’s commitment to the European market, which will inject new vitality into her international development, network construction and service improvement and will also contribute to the  internationalization of China’s civil aviation and the Belt and Road Initiative.

China Eastern aircraft photo gallery:

 

Air France, KLM and China Eastern announce plans to step up joint venture cooperation with the addition of Virgin Atlantic

Air France, KLM, China Eastern and Virgin Atlantic have signed a MOU concerning the extension of the existing joint venture between Air France, KLM and China Eastern with the addition of Virgin Atlantic, thus providing customers with an increased choice of flights and itineraries when traveling between Europe and China. The announcement reaffirms the Air France-KLM Group’s commitment to the Chinese market, having already implemented an enlarged scope of cooperation with China Eastern in January this year.

Scheduled to enter into force in spring 2020, the cooperation will offer customers an increased number of flights and itineraries between Europe and China, further facilitated by mutual code-sharing, as well as competitive joint commercial propositions. The United Kingdom to Shanghai markets and the connecting flight network within China are expected to be pivotal at a time where China Eastern and Virgin Atlantic services linking London to Shanghai are part of the mutualized offer. It will open up a range of customer benefits when flying and connecting across carriers, including the opportunity for customers to earn and redeem miles.

Flight schedules

Air France, KLM and China Eastern’s current Joint Venture schedules (summer 2019 season):

  • Air France:
    • twice-daily frequencies between Paris – Charles de Gaulle and Shanghai – Pudong
    • 3-weekly frequencies (4-weekly in peak periods) between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Wuhan
  • KLM:   12-weekly frequencies between Amsterdam – Schiphol and Shanghai – Pudong
  • China Eastern:
    • twice-daily frequencies between Shanghai – Pudong and Paris – Charles de Gaulle
    • 4-weekly frequencies between Shanghai – Pudong and Amsterdam – Schiphol
    • 3-weekly frequencies between Kunming and Paris-Charles de Gaulle
    • 3-weekly frequencies between Qingdao and Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Services between London and Shanghai by Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern are intended to be included in the envisioned joint venture cooperation (summer 2019 season):

  • Virgin Atlantic daily services to Shanghai – Pudong from London – Heathrow
  • China Eastern daily services from Shanghai – Pudong to London Heathrow and 3-weekly frequencies to London – Gatwick