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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air Mauritius suspend their joint venture operations

KLM has issued this statement:

KLM and Air Mauritius will suspend their joint venture operations between Mauritius and Amsterdam at the start of the 2019 IATA Winter season effective from October 27, 2019.

The current joint operations on the 2 weekly Air Mauritius’ operated flights will continue throughout IATA Summer 2019 season ending on October 26, 2019. Passengers holding tickets beyond this date will be either rebooked to other flights or are eligible for a refund.

The long established joint venture between Air France and Air Mauritius will not be affected by the suspension of the Amsterdam – Mauritius route, thus providing guests the option to travel via Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Mauritius where both carriers will continue their operations with up to twice daily flights between Paris and Mauritius.

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KLM adds Guanacaste-Liberia to its network as a new destination in Costa Rica

KLM's 4th new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

KLM is expanding its network with the opening of Guanacaste-Liberia (LIR) in Costa Rica. As per the start of the winter 2019 schedule, this region on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica will be served four times per week with a direct KLM flight from Amsterdam. On the southbound sector, this flight will make an intermediate landing in San José (Costa Rica), a destination that is currently already served by KLM in its winter schedule.

KLM will commence service on October 29, 2019 on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between Amsterdam-Schiphol, San José and Guanacaste-Liberia. The flights will be operated with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with 30 seats in World Business Class, 45 seats in Economy Comfort and 219 seats in Economy Class.

  • KL0717/KL0719 departs Amsterdam-Schiphol at 11:35, and arrives in San José (Costa Rica) at 17:15 Local time. From there, the flight departs at 19:15 towards Guanacaste Liberia, to arrive at 20:10.
  • After a short 65 minute stop on ground, the flight continues under the same flight number directly to Amsterdam-Schiphol, with a departure out of Guanacaste Liberia at 21:15 Local time; to arrive at Amsterdam-Schiphol at 13:20 Local time the following day.

It is possible to arrive in San José, and depart from Liberia on the same ticket, making it an ideal combination for all travelers that want to discover the beautiful nature and pura vida of Costa Rica. Likewise, passengers originating in Costa Rica can start and end their journey in either San José or Guanacaste Liberia in both directions on the same ticket.

Map: Google Maps.

About Guanacaste

Guanacaste is a region in the northwest of Costa Rica, bordering the Pacific Ocean and lies at approximately 150 miles from the capital San José. The region is known for its beautiful coastline, with quiet inlets, pristine beaches and small islands that dot the coastline. The climate in Guanacaste is unique in Costa Rica, since the region receives little to no rain from November to April; which makes it a popular holiday destination. Also in terms of nature the region has a lot to offer, jungles around the volcanos in the interior form a green backdrop for hikers and flora and fauna enthusiasts alike. The capital of Guanacaste is Liberia, with 60.000 inhabitant. The modern international airport of Guanacaste Liberia is situated less than 15 miles from the nearest beach.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by KLM): KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHE (msn 38765) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 932107.

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KLM introduces wireless entertainment on its Boeing 747-400s

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-406 PH-BFW (msn 30454) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946148.

KLM has made this announcement:

As of April 1, 2019, passengers flying on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ Boeing 747-400s can stream a selection of inflight entertainment offerings directly to their own mobile devices.

KLM’s wireless entertainment system offers passengers a choice of more than two hundred films and TV series. Using a server on the aircraft, passengers can stream content to their laptops, smartphones, or tablets free of charge. KLM’s partner AirFi is providing the accessible, innovative system.

KLM plans to replace its Boeing 747-400s with more efficient and economical twin-engine aircraft over the years to come. Despite the change, KLM will continue to invest in an improved entertainment experience for its passengers. This extra entertainment platform, alongside the current built-in system, is just one such example.

The new system is only available on KLM’s Boeing 747-400s. On the other long-haul flights, KLM is investing in Wi-Fi which will provide its own content streaming.

Top Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-406 PH-BFW (msn 30454) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946148.

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Delta and its partners add more international routes from Boston

Delta Air Lines made this announcement:

Delta Air Lines and its partners will offer up to 149 daily departures to more than 50
destinations from Boston-Logan in 2019, an increase of nearly 30 daily departures compared to
2018.​
  • ​Delta and partners KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Korean Air bringing more flying to/from Boston
  • New routes include Amsterdam, London-Heathrow, Lisbon, Edinburgh and Seoul

The last 24 hours have brought two new international flights to Boston Logan International Airport, thanks to Delta joint venture partners KLM and Virgin Atlantic — setting the stage for an exciting year of growth and expansion for Delta in the Northeast.​

KLM – Amsterdam

On March 31, KLM began flying between Boston and Amsterdam, adding to the two daily flights to Amsterdam already operated at Logan Airport by Delta. KLM CEO Pieter Elbers joined officials from Massport, Delta leaders, customers and employees at the airport in a ribbon-cutting ceremony ahead of the outbound flight across the Atlantic.

Virgin Atlantic – London-Heathrow

And on April 1, Virgin Atlantic launched its daytime service from Boston to London-Heathrow – a morning departure that will better enable in-flight workday productivity for London-bound business travelers. Virgin and Delta together now offer three daily flights to Heathrow Airport from Boston.

Delta – Lisbon and Edinburgh

Later this spring, Delta will begin its own seasonal Boston service to Lisbon and Edinburgh, rounding out a full slate of new international destinations now directly accessible to Boston customers. Through this and an extended summer season to Dublin, by May Delta and its partners will offer the most international seats from Boston with flights to up to 19 international destinations — more than ever before.

Korean Air – Seoul-Incheon

A third partner, Korean Air, will start new ser​vice in Boston on April 12, when it begins nonstop flights to Seoul, one of the first additions to that joint venture’s transpacific network since Delta and Korean Air launched their partnership last May.

“We’ve been eyeing Boston for a long time and it makes sense, with our Delta joint venture, to start service there now,” said Korean Air’s Vice President of Marketing John Jackson. “Delta is growing fast in Boston and adding an Asia flight will help them solidify their position as Boston’s #1 global airline.”

This new Boston flying comes as Delta continues to reinforce its position as the city’s leading carrier and deepen its investment at Logan Airport and in the greater Boston community. Overall, the airline and its partners will offer up to 149 daily departures to more than 50 destinations from Logan in 2019, an increase of nearly 30 daily departures compared to 2018.

Delta has doubled domestic daily departures out of Boston since 2013 and this year will serve four additional domestic destinations — Cleveland, Chicago, Washington-Reagan, and Newark-Liberty — while also adding more frequencies in another seven key domestic markets. Overall, the airline and its partners will offer up to 149 daily departures to more than 50 destinations from Logan in 2019, an increase of nearly 30 daily departures compared to 2018.

In addition to Delta’s network growth, the airline is also investing in Boston in other ways. With Massport’s partnership, Delta plans to assume operations at all gates at Logan’s Terminal A by the third quarter of 2019, growing its airport footprint by five gates. Delta also plans by 2020 the expansion of one of its Delta Sky Clubs, including new showers, expanded seating and a reimagined food and beverage area.​

Photo: Delta.

KLM issued this statement:

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines yesterday began operating flights to the city of Boston (BOS) in the United States. KLM will operate three flights weekly between Amsterdam and this new destination on the Northeast coast of the United States. Flights will be operated by a recently refurbished Airbus A330-300, offering capacity for 292 passengers.

The new KLM service to Boston comes in addition to the two daily flights between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Boston operated by Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM’s joint-venture partner on transatlantic routes.

KLM flights from Boston will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The Airbus A330-300 flights will have 30 seats in World Business Class, 40 seats in Economy Comfort Class and 222 seats in Economy Class. From July 1, 2019, a fourth weekly flight will be operated on Mondays. The departure and arrival times are as follows:

  • KL0617 departs from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at 5:00 p.m. CET, arriving in Boston at 6:30 p.m. local time.
  • KL0618 departs from Boston at 10:00 p.m. local time, arriving at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport the following day at 10:35 a.m. CET.

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.

Netherlands marks 100 years of aviation

KLM has posted this salute to aviation the Netherlands:

Aviation pioneers KLM, GKN Fokker and the Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) on March 14 jointly marked their centenary at the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam.

At this location, precisely 100 years ago, the First Aviation Exhibition Amsterdam (ELTA) was held. At today’s event, speakers looked back on 100 years of Dutch aviation and forward to a sustainable future.

King Willem Alexander was on hand to mint a special commemorative coin, and Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management was presented with a special series of aviation postage stamps. There was also a flypast of modern and vintage aircrafts over the waters of the IJ, behind Amsterdam Central Station.

At the event, speakers commemorated the contribution these Dutch pioneers had made to international civil aviation and discussed the challenges facing airlines in the Netherlands, which are committed to operating in a smart, sustainable and economically viable manner. The King also met with students participating in a special challenge for the centenary year. The students presented their innovative ideas for a number of sustainability issues.

Economic impulse for the Netherlands

Over the past 100 years, the Dutch aviation industry has served as an ambassador and figurehead for the Netherlands in the global community. To this day, our industry continues to give a positive impulse to the economy of the Netherlands. The Dutch pioneering spirit has ensured that many hundreds of millions of people worldwide have been brought together, thanks to the efforts of our founding fathers. As Albert Plesman so aptly put it: “The ocean of the air connects us all.”

 

Impulse for sustainability

At the gathering, presentations were give on the development of international civil aviation and the challenges the Dutch aviation industry faces to keep flying in a smart, sustainable and economically viable manner. Major efforts are required to achieve this, both in the short and long term, which will see the sector pursuing innovations in technology, infrastructure and airspace utilisation.

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: