Category Archives: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM: “Disbelief and disappointment regarding VNV’s attitude”

KLM issued this statement:

KLM yesterday presented the Dutch Airline Pilots Association VNV with an improved proposal for a new collective labour agreement (CLA) that better complies with the pilots’ wishes to reduce work pressure and improve work-life balance. We are not fully complying with the last bid presented by the VNV, but are prepared to lay down an adjusted KLM proposal. This proposal is a revised version of KLM’s earlier proposal, using ingredients from the VNV’s last bid. In so doing, we are prepared to surmount a great number of objections. This is a final bid to ensure that a new CLA is laid down as swiftly as possible. This is in everyone’s interests. The fact that the VNV has rejected this proposal so swiftly, without assessment of the contents and without further discussion with KLM and its members, is incomprehensible and neither in the interest of the pilots, nor KLM. KLM remains open to further discussion on the contents of the proposal.

Images: KLM.


“Tulip” KLM’s latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines welcomed its 13th Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner bearing registration PH-BHP to Schiphol today, August 17, concluding its flight from Everett, where it took off yesterday bound for the Dutch airport. The aircraft carries the name “Tulip”.

KLM’s Dreamliners are named after flowers or flowering plants; a typical Dutch export product that therefore resonates with KLM perfectly. Other aircraft in KLM’s B787s fleet carry names such as Orchid, Sunflower, Carnation, Lavender and Marguerite. The name of the 13th Dreamliner is no coincidence either. The Netherlands is famous for its tulips and is one of the most important exporting countries for tulips and tulip bulbs.

KLM continues to invest in fleet renewal

In the interests of customer satisfaction, KLM again invested in renewing its fleet in 2018. The Tulip is the third Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to arrive on Dutch soil so far in 2018. The two other Dreamliners touched down earlier this year in January and April. What’s more, KLM added seven new Embraers to its fleet. The latest Dreamliner is the last Boeing 787-9 to arrive for the time being. Expectations are that in June 2019, KLM will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-10.

Boeing 787 emits less CO2

The Boeing 787 produces less surrounding noise, uses less fuel and therefore emits less CO2. This makes the aim of lowering CO2 emissions by 20% in 2020 (compared to 2011) feasible. Less waste is generated during the production phase because the Dreamliner consists largely of easy-to-cut carbon fibre composites.

The aircraft offers a range of passenger benefits in terms of travel comfort. For example, greater air pressure in the cabin means that passengers arrive feeling more rested. And for passengers wanting to stay online during their flight, there’s WiFi on board. The aircraft seats 30 passengers in business class, 48 in economy comfort and 216 in economy.

Photos: KLM.

CLA negotiations KLM – VNV in difficult phase

KLM has issued this statement:

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the Dutch Airline Pilots Association VNV met again today to discuss the future collective labour agreement (CLA) for pilots. Regrettably, the negotiations are in a difficult phase.

Both VNV and KLM have put forward proposals. KLM takes the objections and wishes of its pilots seriously, which is why a strong and substantial package of measures and solutions have been tabled.

KLM believes that, in combination with the previously negotiated agreement in principle, this package should bring about the desired reduction in work pressure and improvement of the work-life balance of pilots.

To avoid disrupting negotiations, no further content-related details will be released at this time.

Air France-KLM to finalize a joint venture with Air Europa for flights to Latin America

Air France-KLM and Air Europa intend to conclude a new joint venture agreement for their flights between Europe and Central and South America. This foreseen agreement will allow both to expand their offerings and enhance travel opportunities for their respective customers.

For many years, both Air France and KLM have had a fruitful cooperation with Air Europa. The current partnership consists mainly of successful codeshare agreements between and beyond Paris and Amsterdam on the one hand and Madrid on the other. Air France and Air Europa started their code share cooperation in 2003 and currently cover 21 code share routes within Europe. KLM and Air Europa have been collaborating since 2002 and now operate 19 code share routes within Europe. In 2007, Air Europa also joined the SkyTeam Alliance.

Air Europa Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EC-MOM (msn 36419) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937618.

Both parties are currently conducting an integral analysis of a deeper and expanded cooperation, aiming at a joint venture agreement between Air France-KLM and Air Europa between Europe and Central/South America to strengthen the joint offer to customers.

The complementarity of the respective networks from/to Central and South America will provide significant additional benefits for customers in the form of better connectivity, increased seat availability and a basis to launch new routes and direct flights between the two continents.

Air France-KLM and Air Europa are in the midst of carrying out an in-depth legal analysis of the terms of this possible future agreement in order to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

“The deepening of our cooperation with Air Europa through a joint venture will provide a strong foundation for us to work even closer together in order to enhance our offer on routes between Europe and Central / South America. We are striving to even increase and improve our current leading role on these markets and offer our joint customers more benefits together with our long term partner Air Europa” said Frédéric Gagey, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Air France-KLM.

“We are proud to be strengthening and expanding the successful relations we have with Air France-KLM and to be working together as part of the new cooperation project between Europe and Central and South America. We are convinced that this new alliance will provide great benefits for both airlines as well as considerable advantages for our customers,” said Javier Hidalgo, Chief Executive Officer of Globalia, parent company of Air Europa.

Copyright Photo: Air Europa Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EC-MOM (msn 36419) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 937618.

Air Europa aircraft slide show:

KLM to fly to Boston

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Airbus A330-303 PH-AKD (msn 1300) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 936490.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will begin operating flights to the city of Boston (BOS) in the United States from the start of the 2019 summer schedule.

KLM will operate a three weekly service between Amsterdam and Boston. Flights will be operated with an Airbus A330-300, offering capacity for 292 passengers.

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

From March 31, 2019, KLM will begin operating flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Boston 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 Airport Schiphol at 17.00 CET, arriving in Boston at 18.30 local time.
  • KL0618 departs from Boston at 22.00 local time, arriving at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol the following day at 10.35 CET.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by KLM): KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Airbus A330-303 PH-AKD (msn 1300) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 936490.

KLM aircraft slide show:

Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines now form a single joint venture

Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines have today announced in Amsterdam the merger of their existing joint venture agreements. The aim is to create even stronger links between the partners and offer customers smoother, seamless travel solutions.

By connecting the four airlines’ networks, the joint venture offers customers a wide choice of destinationsconnecting Europe (Paris and Amsterdam) to China (Beijing*, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Xiamen). Transfer and connection times are also optimized.

It has been a good week for France.

Air France-KLM customers can also earn Flying Blue Miles on all flights operated within this joint venture formed by the four airlines.

This extended joint venture marks an important step for Air France-KLM. Moreover, it contributes tostrengthening the two airlines’ position on the Chinese air transport market, which continues to grow. Everyyear, the four airlines – Air France, KLM, China Southern and Xiamen Airlines – carry some 1,250,000 passengers between Europe and China on their joint-operated routes.

Pieter Elbers, KLM President & CEO, stated: “In 2016 we celebrated 10 years joint venture between KLM and China Southern, today we merge the existing two joint ventures into one. I’m proud of this joint venture because it serves to further intensify Air France-KLM’s interests in China. Joining forces offers ourcustomers an extensive, seamless network within China and Europe.”

Patrick Alexandre, Executive Vice President Commercial, Sales and Alliances, Air France-KLM added: “We are proud to pursue our cooperation with China Southern and Xiamen Airlines by combining the existing joint-ventures. Our single joint venture will at the same time preserve the benefits our customers enjoy and safeguard Air France-KLM’s position in China.”

Beyond the joint venture, the airlines closely cooperate in other areas, notably in airport handling, catering and aircraft maintenance services. For example, Air France-KLM Engineering & Maintenance carries outengine maintenance for Xiamen Airlines’ Boeing 787 fleet. More closely-integrated partnerships are also being discussed in other areas, such as aircraft maintenance, or cargo operations.

A global joint venture between Europe and China

Since 2006, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and China Southern Airlines have been operating a joint venture on the Amsterdam-Beijing service.

In 2015, Xiamen Airlines joined this joint venture on the Amsterdam-Xiamen route. In 2010, France formed a partnership with China Southern Airlines to also create a joint venture on the Paris-Guangzhou route. These agreements are currently combined to form a single joint venture between Europe and China.

Below: Xiamen Air is now the last passenger operator of the Boeing 757-200 in China. The 757s will soon be retired.

KLM to suspend direct flights to Tehran

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-206 ER PH-BQA (msn 33711) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 942672.

KLM has issued this statement:

For commercial reasons, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has decided to suspend its nonstop flights to Tehran, Iran for the time being as of September 24, 2018.

As a result of the negative results and financial outlook for the Tehran operation, the last flight will take off from Amsterdam on September 22, 2018 and land at Schiphol on September 23, 2018.

Copyright Photo (all others by KLM): KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 777-206 ER PH-BQA (msn 33711) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 942672.

KLM aircraft slide show: