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KLM scores a record result in 2017

Gradual phase-out by 2020

“Our results for 2017 confirm that we are on the right track. Thanks to the efforts of all KLM staff and the loyalty of our customers and partners, KLM achieved a record operating result (COI) of EUR 910 million in 2017. This result was enhanced by our improved operating margin, which rose from 6.9% to 8.8%. The improvement of EUR 229 million is largely driven by higher unit revenues, which were mainly fuelled by favourable market developments. Our employees will also benefit from these improved result, with profit-sharing figures even higher than they were last year. The 2017 results confirm that the strategy we launched in late 2014 – to cut costs on the one hand, while investing on the other – has proved successful. However, this does not imply that we can sit back. We have our house in order, but our competitors are building skyscrapers. That is why we need to keep growing and investing, so that we have a hand in shaping the game.”

Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO
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Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-406 PH-BFT (msn 28459) AMS (Greenwing). Image: 929148.

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KLM welcomes its eleventh Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner named “Morning Star”

On January 26, 2018, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines welcomed its eleventh Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Schiphol Airport. The aircraft landed on January 26 from Everett, WA in the US (above). It will bear the name Morgenster – Dutch for “Morning Star.”

KLM’s Dreamliners are named for flowers or flowering plants, a typical Dutch export product which suits KLM well. Other Boeing 787s have received names such as Zonnebloem (Sunflower), Anjer (Carnation), Dahlia, and Lavendel(Lavender). The tenth Dreamliner, delivered in August, bears the name Margriet (Daisy).

KLM invests in fleet renewal

Once again in 2018, KLM will continue to invest in the renewal of its fleet to meet its customers’ needs and wishes. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Morgenster is the first aircraft to arrive in 2018. KLM will take possession of its twelfth Dreamliner in April.

The Boeing 787 creates less ambient noise, consumes less fuel, and gives off fewer carbon dioxide emissions. It brings us ever closer to our aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% in 2020 compared to 2011. The Dreamliner is built mainly of carbon fiber composite which can be cut easily, so the manufacturing process creates less waste.

It also offers numerous advantages in terms of passenger comfort. The increased cabin air pressure helps passengers to arrive at their destination feeling well rested. And all passengers have access to WiFi during the flight.

All photo by KLM.

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Air France-KLM deny reports they have made an offer to take over Alitalia

Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today (January 13, 2018) issued this following statement:

The Air France-KLM group would like to confirm that it has taken no part in the process launched by the Italian authorities to take over Alitalia.

As such, the group has not had access to any confidential information.

Air France-KLM denies having made an offer to take over Alitalia.

Photo: Air France-KLM.

KLM cabin crew strike called off on Monday

2nd 787, delivered December 9, 2015, named "Carnation"

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued this statement:

KLM is pleased that FNV Cabin Crew has decided to suspend the intended industrial action on Monday,  January 8, 2018 and to present the agreement in principle reached last Friday with the VNC trade union for cabin crew to its membership base.

Flight operations on Monday will be carried out in line with the regular schedule, which is good news for our KLM customers.

In KLM’s opinion, the proposal is balanced, offering advantages for everyone while at the same time requiring everyone to contribute. KLM expects this to conclude the long period of uncertainty for its cabin crew members and for KLM.

Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHA (msn 36113) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 930845.

KLM and VNC reach an agreement in principle on a new contract

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-406 PH-BFT (msn 28459) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931791.

KLM and the VNC trade union for cabin crew negotiated an agreement in principle on Friday January 5, 2018, for a new collective labour agreement valid until June 1, 2019. This is an important step in the negotiation of a new collective labor agreement for KLM cabin crew.

KLM is pleased to have reached an agreememt in priciple with the largest Cabin trade union the VNC on the details of the new collective labor agreement (CLA). Together, KLM and the VNC worked hard to arrive at a balanced package. The VNC will now present the agreement in principle with a positive advise to its council of members. Around 70% of KLM cabin crew are members of the VNC.

FNV Cabine

KLM has also shared the results of negotiations with the FNV Cabine trade union for cabin crew. KLM has urged FNV Cabine to call off the strike scheduled for coming Monday, allowing them to share the negotiated agreements with its members, so that FNV Cabine and the VNC can jointly formalise a collective labor agreement with KLM.

Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-406 PH-BFT (msn 28459) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931791.

KLM cancels 96 return flights today due to a westerly storm

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-BCD (msn 42149) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 931976.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines issued this statement today:

Due to the westerly storm sweeping across the Netherlands today, KLM has been compelled to cancel a total of 96 return flights on January 3, 2018. Passengers on these flights are currently being informed and rebooked. Runway capacity is very limited at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol today. Passengers could therefore face delays during the day. We urge our passengers to keep a close eye on KLM.com for the latest updates on departure and arrival times.

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Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-BCD (msn 42149) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 931976.

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KLM launches its new World Business Class cabin in Airbus A330-300 PH-AKA

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ first Airbus A330-300 to be fitted with the new World Business Class cabin interior made its first flight over the weekend to Havana (KL723). The cabin refit for the remaining 20% of KLM’s fleet will be completed by the end of 2018. In addition to the new design, there will be full-flat seats and a new inflight entertainment system for all World Business Class passengers to enjoy.

The first A330-300 to be fitted with the new World Business Class cabin is registration number PH-AKA (below).

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Airbus A330-303 PH-AKA (msn 1287) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 908520.

Above Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Airbus A330-303 PH-AKA (msn 1287) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 908520.

Refits complete in 2018

The refurbishment of the business class cabins in the remaining four A330-300s has already commenced; the last is expected to be completed in July 2018. KLM’s eight A330-200s will follow. Their refits are expected to be completed in October 2018.

The World Business Class interiors of all the Boeings 747,777-200 and 777-300 have already undergone this transformation. KLM’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners already have the new-style World Business Class cabins.

New World Business Class

Renowned Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius, designed the new seats and cabin interior. In addition, KLM’s new World Business Class also contains:

  • Full-flat seats: 180 degrees reclinable and 206 cm long
  • In-seat power and improved privacy
  • Brand-new personal entertainment system with an 18” screen, HD quality films and a touchscreen navigation menu in 12 languages

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