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Air France-KLM Group loses 1,665 million euros in the third quarter

Air France-KLM Group issued this financial report:

The continuation of the Covid-19 crisis severely impacted the Third quarter 2020 results:

  •   Revenue at 2,524 million euros, down 67% compared to last year
  •   EBITDA loss at -442 million euros, limited thanks to cost control and state aid
  •   Operating result at –1,046 million euros, down 1,955 million euros compared to last year
  •   Net income at -1,665 million euros, including restructuring provision at -565 million euros, Covid-19 related over-hedging at -39 million euros and fleet impairment at -31 million euros
  •   Net debt at 9,308 million euros, up 3,161 million compared to end of 2019
  •   At 30 September 2020, the Group has 12.4 billion euros of liquidity or credit lines at disposal

    Air France and KLM have agreed with labour representatives on substantial restructuring plans and submitted them for final validation to the French and Dutch states.

    OUTLOOK

    Air France-KLM Group continues to implement the highest safety standards for its customers and employees to counter virus transmission risks.

    After the lockdown, the Group observed a positive demand recovery trend until mid-August. Then, the negative trend reversal for the Passenger activity led the airlines of the Group to adjust downwards the capacity planned for the fall and winter period.

    There is limited visibility on the demand recovery curve as customer booking behavior is much more short-term oriented and also highly dependent on the imposed travel restrictions, especially on the Long Haul network. The period of lockdown starting today in France is a new difficulty that will weigh on the Group’s activities.

    In this context the Group expects:

  •   Capacity in Available Seat kilometers circa index 45 for KLM and inferior to index 35 for Air

    France in the Fourth quarter 2020 compared to 2019 for the Network passenger activity

  •   Negative load factor developments for the Fourth quarter 2020, particularly on the long-haul

    network, and negative yield mix effects due to a delayed recovery in business traffic

    The Group anticipates a challenging fourth quarter 2020, with a substantial lower EBITDA compared to Q3 2020.

THIRD QUARTER 2020
Increase of demand until mid-August,
then new governmental restrictions impacted the expected level of demand recovery

Air France-KLM Group

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Third quarter

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Nine months

2020 Change

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2020 Change 1

Passengers (thousands)
Passenger Unit revenue per ASK1 (€ cts) Operating result (€m)
Net income – Group part (€m)
Adj. operating free cash flow (€m)
Net debt at end of period (€m)

8,796 4.01 -1,046 -1,665 -1,220

-69.8% -42.7% -1,955 -2,026 -985

28,124 5.05 -3,414 -6,078 -3,547 9,308

-64.7% -24.5% -4,460 -6,213 -3,663 3,161

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1 Passenger unit revenue is the aggregate of Passenger network and Transavia unit revenues, change at constant currency
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The Board of Directors of Air France-KLM, chaired by Anne-Marie Couderc, met on 29 October 2020 to approve the financial statements for the nine months 2020. Group CEO Mr. Benjamin Smith said: “After a promising recovery during the summer, the gradual closure of international borders in the second half of August and the resurgence of the pandemic strongly impacted our results in the Third Quarter, with the Group reporting an operating loss of 1.0 billion euros. We have accelerated the implementation of cost reduction and cash preservation measures. We are also working closely with our partners on various means, such as rapid detection tests, that would allow traffic within the best sanitary conditions for our customers and employees.

Beyond these immediate necessary measures, we are engaged in a more profound transformation of our Group, with the objective of exiting this crisis in a stronger position, ready to address the future challenges of our industry. Air transport will continue to connect people and cultures, but we foresee changes in customers’ expectations that we anticipate too.

We expect a challenging Fourth quarter 2020, with current forward booking sharply down compared to last year.”

Business review

Network: With active management of capacity to meet the increasing demand, the Group was able to ramp up capacity with incremental cash positive flights

Third quarter 2020 revenues decreased by 68.3% at constant currency to 2,004 million euros. The operating result amounted to -990 million euros, a -1,631 million euros decrease at constant currency compared to last year. Measures were strengthened to preserve cash, including reduction of investments, cost savings measures, deferral of supplier payments and partial activity for employees.

Passenger network: Long-haul suffering from travel restrictions, ability to capture traffic when border controls are less restrictive

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Network

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Third quarter

Nine months

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2020 Change Change constant currency

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2020 Change Change constant currency

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Total revenues (€m) Scheduled revenues (€m) Operating result (€m)

2,004 1,856 -990

-68.6% -69.8% -1,649

-68.3% -69.4% -1,631

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7,220

6,753 -2,842

-58.8% -59.7% -3,555

-58.8% -59.7% -3,564

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Passenger network

Third quarter

Nine months

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2020 Change Change constant currency

2020 Change Change constant currency

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Passengers (thousands) Capacity (ASK m) Traffic (RPK m)
Load factor

Total passenger revenues (€m) Scheduled passenger revenues (€m) Unit revenue per ASK (€ cts)

6,782 -71.3% 32,100 -59.6% 13,752 -80.7%

42.8% -46.9 pt 1,329 -77.4% 1,265 -77.9%

3.94 -45.2%

-77.1% -77.6% -44.5%

23,671 -64.3% 103,268 -54.1% 66,861 -66.3% 64.7% -23.5 pt 5,512 -65.4% 5,271 -65.7% 5.10 -25.4%

-65.4% -65.7% -25.3%

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The passenger network activity was, as anticipated strongly reduced, at around 40% of last year’s levels. The tightening of travel restrictions, border closures and absence of corporate travel delayed the expected traffic recovery. July and August were relatively strong in term of traffic compared to a disappointing September affected by restrictive travel measures.

For the third quarter, the unit revenues were down at -44.5% at constant currency compared to last year primarily due to load factors decline on Long Haul operations.

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The Group’s strategy was to only operate incremental cash positive flight and several routes were taking advantage of the strong worldwide cargo demand while having few passenger on board.

The visiting friend and relative demand was driving the summer traffic, with the French Domestic, African & Middle East and Caribbean & Indian Ocean as the more resilient with a unit revenue performance between -22% and -27% at constant currency.

The medium-haul performance was mixed during summer, with some leisure destinations such as Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece benefiting from easing travel restrictions and other strongly affected by quarantine and testing process like UK or Germany.

North Atlantic, South American and Asian networks continued to be strongly affected by the border restrictions in place with an important decline in capacity and passenger traffic during summer.

Cargo: Continued strong performance of cargo due to the gap between industry capacity and demand

Cargo business

Third quarter

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Nine months

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2020 Change Change constant currency

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Tons (thousands) Capacity (ATK m) Traffic (RTK m) Load factor

Total Cargo revenues (€m) Scheduled cargo revenues (€m) Unit revenue per ATK (€ cts )

220 2,537 1,735 68.4% 676 592 23.35

-20.0% -33.3% -17.0%

+13.4 pt +31.7% +35.7%

+104.0%

+34.1%

+38.0% +107.6%

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611 7,309 4,747 65.0% 1,708 1,482 20.28

-25.7% -32.9% -24.2% +7.5 pt

+7.1%

+8.7% +62.0%

+6.9%

+8.4% +61.6%

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Global air cargo capacity is at the end of the Third quarter 2020 approximately 15% lower than 2019. Tightening of supply and demand levels increased yields by significant amount over the past months.

September was the fifth consecutive month of gradual air cargo market improvements and Air France- KLM’s Cargo activity continued to strongly perform with a unit revenue at constant currency up 104.0% in the Third quarter 2020. The Cargo capacity of the Group has been down 33.3%, primarily driven by the reduction in belly capacity of passenger aircraft partly offset by the increase of the full freighters’ capacity and mini cargo flights (passenger aircraft with only belly capacity commercialized). The load factors were strongly up 13.4 points for the quarter.

On the demand side, world-wide air freight volumes are down due to Covid-19 crisis but are expected to rebound to 90 to 95% of pre Covid-19 levels in 2021. The supply-demand gap of the past months is foreseen to narrow as industry capacity supply will increase and will depend on the passenger traffic recovery. Air France-KLM is in preparation to transport the future Covid-19 vaccines.

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Transavia operating loss in the Third quarter at -13 million euros, impacted by border restrictions reinstatement

Transavia

Third quarter

Nine months

2020 Change

2020 Change

Passengers (thousands) Capacity (ASK m) Traffic (RPK m)
Load factor

Total passenger revenues (€m) Unit revenue per ASK (€ cts) Unit cost per ASK (€ cts) Operating result (€m)

2,014 -63.3% 6,009 -44.7% 3,869 -61.8%

64.4% -28.7 pt 262 -60.6% 4.38 -30.2% 4.61 -1.3% -13 -189

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4,453 11,178 8,505 76.1% 521 4.55 6.39 -206

-66.6% -57.4% -64.9% -16.4 pt -62.9% -16.3%

+32.5% -364

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The Third quarter operating result ended 189 million euros lower compared to last year at an operational loss of -13 million euros, as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Activity levels were close to 55% of last year’s level, with an unit revenue down -30,2% compared to the Third quarter 2019. Transavia France and Holland were able to capture traffic and fill their planes with reasonable load factors and good yields on several leisure destinations. Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy routes were the most resilient during the quarter. However, severe travel restrictions from the Netherlands to Spain and Greece in the course of the third quarter, did put pressure on activity levels and loadfactor.

Transavia France will expend its French Domestic operation starting in November 2020 from Paris Orly and provinces airports.
However, the resurgence of Covid-19 and border restrictions have slowed down Transavia in the traffic recovery.

Strict cash preservation measures are still in place including reduction of investments, cost savings measures, deferral of supplier payments and partial activity measures.

Maintenance business operating result for Third quarter 2020 at -46 million euros, impacted by Covid-19

Maintenance

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2020 Change Change constant currency

Total revenues (€m) Third-party revenues (€m) Operating result (€m) Operating margin (%)

616 247 -46 -7.4%

-47.1% -54.5% -117 -13.5 pt

-53.1%

-111

-13.1 pt

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2,255 963 -366 -16.2%

-34.7% -40.7% -536 -21.2 pt

-41.6%

-542

-21.3 pt

The Third quarter operating result stood at -46 million euros, a decrease of 117 million euros, highly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. Revenues declined and were also impacted by the Air France-KLM Group airlines decrease in activity.

During the Third quarter, contracts signature have restarted and will be included in the order book before year end. The Maintenance business is carefully managing agreements with clients on payment terms.

Operating costs have been reduced in the Third quarter 2020 by a reduced maintenance activity level, partial activity pay schemes for employees and other initiated cost savings measures.

The Maintenance order book is assessed to 9.3 billion dollars at 30 September 2020 a decrease of 2.2 billion dollars compared to 31 December 2019, explained by the Covid-19 crisis effects already occurring and expected.

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Air France-KLM Group: Decline of 5 billion euros in revenues and 2 billion euros in EBITDA during the third quarter

Third quarter

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Nine months

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Capacity (ASK m)

Traffic (RPK m)

Passenger unit revenue per ASK (€ cts)

Group unit revenue per ASK (€ cts)

Group unit cost per ASK (€ cts) at constant fuel

38,109 17,621

4.01 5.56 8.31

-57.8% -78.4%

-43.4% -26.5% +26.7%

-42.7% -25.6% +38.2%

114,446 75,367

5.05 6.34 9.33

-54.4% -66.2%

-24.6% -12.3% +36.7%

-24.5% -12.3% +40.4%

Revenues (€m)
EBITDA (€m)
Operating result (€m) Operating margin (%)
Net income – Group part (€m)

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2,524 -442 -1,046 -41.4% -1,665

-66.8%

-2,095

-1,955

-53.4 pt -2,027

-66.4%

-2,071

-1,931

-53.2 pt

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8,725 -1,282 -3,414 -39.1% -6,078

-57.6%

-4,545

-4,460

-44.2 pt -6,213

-57.7%

-4,554

-4,470

-44.2 pt

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2019 results restated for LLP componentization accounting change and EU passenger compensation reclassification between revenues and external expenses

In the Third quarter 2020, the Air France-KLM Group posted an operating result of -1,046 million euros, down by 1,955 million euros compared to last year.

Net income amounted to -1,665 million euros in the Third quarter 2020, a decrease of 2,027 million euros compared to last year, of which exceptional accounting items due to Covid-19:

  •   Restructuring costs provision of-565 million euros with Departure Plan of French Ground staff, contractual termination for Air France flight attendants, complement for contractual termination for Air France pilots, Departure Plan for Air France-KLM International Commercial staff and Departure Plan for HOP!
  •   Q4 2020 and Q1 2021 fuel over hedge has been recycled to “Other financial income and expenses” for -39 million euros
  •   Fleet impairment on Airbus A380 and the Canadair Jet of HOP! At -31 million euros Currencies had a negative 92 million euro impact on revenues and a positive 67 million euro effect on

    costs including currency hedging in the Third quarter of 2020.

    Since the beginning of the crisis, Air France, KLM and Transavia proceeded 1.8 billion euros of refunds including 300 million euros of voucher issued.

    The Third quarter 2020 unit cost increased by 26.7%, primarily caused by Covid-19 related capacity reductions

    Group net employee costs were down 36% in the Third quarter 2020 compared to last year, supported by partial activity implementation at Air France and KLM, release of temporary and hired staff and no profit sharing provisions to be made at both airlines. The average number of FTEs (Full Time Equivalent) in the Third quarter 2020 decreased by 5,500 compared to the Third quarter 2019, including 2,500 temporary contracts.

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Net debt up 3.2 billion euros

In € million

Third quarter

Nine months

2020 Change

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2020 Change

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Cash flow before change in WCR and Voluntary Departure Plans, continuing operations (€m)

Cash out related to Voluntary Departure Plans (€m) Change in Working Capital Requirement (WCR) (€m) Net cash flow from operating activities (€m)
Net investments* (€m)

Operating free cash flow (€m)

Repayment of lease debt

Adjusted operating free cash flow**

-594 -2,115

-137 -115 124 +831 -609 -1,399-362 +418 -970 -981 -251 -5-1,220 -985

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-1,926 -4,950

-152 -119 666 +582 -1,412 -4,487 -1,473 +738 -2,885 -3,749 -662 +86 -3,547 -3,663

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* Sum of ‘Purchase of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets’ and ‘Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment and intangible assets’ as presented in the consolidated cash flow statement.
** The “Adjusted operating free cash flow” is operating free cash flow after deducting the repayment of lease debt.

The Group generated adjusted operating free cash flow in the Third quarter 2020 of -1,220 million euros, a decrease of 985 million euros compared to last year, mainly explained by an operating cash flow decline of 1,399 million euros, partly offset by a reduction in net investments of 418 million euros.

Postponement of social charges, taxes and negotiation with suppliers compensated the refunds process and the low inflow of bookings and generated an improvement of +582 million euros in Change in Working Capital Requirement compared to last year.

In € million

Both airlines results negatively impacted in the Third quarter 2020

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30 Sep 2020

31 Dec 2019

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Net debt
EBITDA trailing 12 months

9,308 -417

6 147 4 128

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Net debt/EBITDA trailing 12 months

-22.3 x

1,5 x

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Third quarter

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Nine months

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2020 Change

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2020 Change

Air France Group Operating result (€m)

Operating margin (%)

KLM Group Operating result (€m)

Operating margin (%)

-807 -54.1% -234 -20.5%

-1,200 -62.6 pt -745 -36.8 pt

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-2,401 -47.4% -1,002 -25.2%

-2,699 -49.8 pt -1,736 -33.9 pt

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OUTLOOK

Air France-KLM Group continues to implement highest safety standards for customers and employees to counter virus transmission risks.

After the lockdown, the Group observed a promising demand recovery trend until mid-August. Then, the negative trend reversal for the Passenger activity led the airlines of the Group to adjust downwards the capacity planned for the fall and winter period.

There is limited visibility on the demand recovery curve as customer booking behavior is much more short-term oriented than before the Covid-19 crisis and also highly dependent of the imposed travel restrictions, especially on the Long Haul network. The period of lockdown starting today in France is a new difficulty that will weigh on the Group’s activities.

In this context the Group expects:

  •   Capacity in Available Seat kilometers circa index 45 for KLM and inferior to index 35 for Air

    France in the Fourth quarter 2020 compared to 2019 for the Network passenger activity

  •   Negative load factor developments for the Fourth quarter 2020, particularly on long-haul

    network, and negative yield mix effects due to a delayed recovery in business

    The Full year 2020 Network passenger activity will be inferior to index 50 compared to 2019, due to the Covid-19 crisis.

    The Group anticipates a challenging fourth quarter 2020, with a substantial lower EBITDA compared to Q3 2020.

    At 30 September 2020, the Group has 12.4 billion euros of liquidity or credit lines at disposal.

    The Group foresees important liquidity requirements in the Fourth quarter 2020 with:

  •   Negative Fourth quarter working capital requirement influenced by deferred payments and

    substantial lower level of new bookings compared to Q4 2019.

  •   Capex spending at 0.6 billion euros, of which half is fleet Capex fully financed. The Group has

    reduced to 2.1 billion euros his 2020 capex guidance. This is a reduction of -1.5 billion euros

    compared to the initial 2020 guidance of 3.6 billion euros.

  •   The hybrid bond was repaid in October for 0.4 billion euros.

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AIR FRANCE AND KLM HAVE AGREED ON SUSBTANTIAL RESTRUCTURING PLAN WITH LABOUR REPRESENTATIVES

The Group’s strategic orientations defined during the 2019 Investor day started to deliver results in 2019 and in early 2020. However, the Covid-19 which began in the first quarter of 2020 around the world is having an unprecedented impact on the industry and the Group has immediately reacted with safety, operational and cash protection measures.

The focus on reducing external expenses and the number of employees were one of the top priorities. Futhermore, the French and the Dutch governments have provided financial packages and the partial activity implemented in France and the “NOW” mechanism in Holland allowed the Group to further reduce labor costs.

To weather the crisis and cope with the new reality, Air France-KLM Group is accelerating its transformation plans and presented a substantial restructuring plan around the competitiveness and sustainability pillars. Negotiations with the trade unions have resulted in several agreements in Air France and KLM.

To better align the fleet with the lower passenger demand, Air France-KLM Group has accelerated the phase-out of the Airbus 380, Airbus 340, Boeing 747, Canadair Jet and Embraer 145 aircraft. These decisions will bring forward cost savings and efficiency gains due to operating fewer aircraft types. The Group does not anticipate to return to the pre-crisis levels of global demand before several years and the short-term recovery expected has been delayed with the resurgence of Covid-19 end of summer.

KLM business model is still both valid and valuable but needs to be reshaped to the new reality. KLM will be smaller, cheaper, more frugal, more agile and more sustainable.
Operating costs will structurally being reduced in 2021 and beyond, with 750 million euros benefits in 2021 coming from labour, fleet, procurements and fuel costs decrease.

KLM’s restructuring plan calls for a reduction of 5,000 FTEs end of 2020. The plan submitted to Dutch Government early October complies with state aid conditions.

Air France will enlarge and accelerate its restructuring plan to build a post-crisis successful model on several pillars to restructure the French domestic, optimize external spendings, transform support functions, adapt the opeartions to the new activity, modernize the fleet and regain commercial success.

This will bring 800 million euros structural benefits by 2021 and 1.2 billion euros in total by 2022. Air France’s restructuring plan calls for a reduction of 4,000 FTEs end of 2020 and a total of 8,500 FTEs by 2022. The plan submitted to French Government complies with state aid conditions. The long term partial activity establishement is under discussion with representative unions.

Transavia France announces the first 14 destinations from Montpellier

Transavia (France) Boeing 737-800 WL F-HTVI (msn 62164) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 946600.

Transavia France, the low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary of the Air France – KLM group, just unveiled its first 14 destinations out of Montpellier. As of April 3, 2020, Transavia will be the only LCC with airplanes based in Montpellier.
As of April 3, 2020, Transavia’s two aircraft based at Montpellier Airport will propose flights to 14 new destinations, including 13 exclusive ones:
– Portugal :
o Lisbon: 3 weekly flights, from 39€*, 5 April 2020
o Faro: 2 weekly flights, from 34€*, 4 April 2020

– Spain :
o Madrid: 3 weekly flights, from 34€*, 5 April 2020
o Seville: 2 weekly flights, from 39€*, 5 April 2020
o Palma:  2 weekly flights, from 29€*, 5 April 2020

– Greece :
o Athens: 2 weekly flights, from 60€*, 4 April 2020
o Heraklion (Crete): 2 weekly flights, from 70€, 3 April 2020

– Italy :
o Rome: 2 weekly flights, from 29€*, 5 April 2020
o Palermo: 2 weekly flights, from 34€*, 3 April 2020

– Morocco :
o Marrakech: 2 weekly flights, from 54€*, 13 June 2020
o Agadir: 2 weekly flights, from 44€*, 20 June 2020
o Oujda: 2 weekly flights, from 44€*, 27 June 2020

– Tunisia :
o Tunis: 3 weekly flights, from 54€*, 5 April 2020
o Djerba: 2 weekly flights, from 54€*, 13 June 2020

These destinations come in addition to the existing Montpellier – Rotterdam route operated by Transavia Netherlands. Transavia aims to carry 500,000 passengers for its first year of operations.

*one-way, including taxes and non-optional charge.

Top Copyright Photo: Transavia (France) Boeing 737-800 WL F-HTVI (msn 62164) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 946600.
Transavia France aircraft slide show:
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Transavia France makes Montpellier its next base

Transavia's 2017 "#MyPicOnAPlane" logo jet

Transavia France, the low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary of the Air France-KLM Group, will base two aircraft at Montpellier Méditerranée Airport from Spring 2020. Montpellier will become the fourth base for the LCC in France, and next summer it will fly to 20 destinations. It joins the carrier’s existing bases in Paris Orly, Lyon and Nantes, as Transavia France continues to strengthen its presence in the French market.


Next spring, Transavia France will be the only LCC with aircraft based in Montpellier. Thanks to stationing two aircraft at the airport, the carrier is proposing to serve a large range of exclusive Mediterranean destinations to the people of Montpellier and its region.

Copyright Photo: Transavia (France) Boeing 737-8K2 WL F-GZHO (msn 43880) (#MyPicOnAPlane) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 938251.

Transavia France aircraft slide show:

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.

Air France to push for a larger Transavia France fleet with SNPL ALPA

Transavia (France) Boeing 737-8K2 WL F-GZHU (msn 41352) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946601.

Air France-KLM has issued this statement:

Air France-KLM is pleased that the SNPL ALPA Air France council representing a majority of Air France pilots has voted 97% in favor of beginning negotiations with Air France management in order to increase the number of aircraft in the Transavia (France) fleet, currently capped at 40 aircraft.

“This new development is a strong sign of the improved relationship and positive culture taking hold within Air France,” said Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM Group.

A larger Transavia France operation is designed to protect the current size of Air France mainline and to position Transavia France as a strong player in the competitive low-cost market.

Note: Transavia France currently operates 36 Boeing 737-800s.

Top Copyright Photo: Transavia (France) Boeing 737-8K2 WL F-GZHU (msn 41352) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 946601.

Transavia France aircraft slide show:

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.

Air France-KLM Group presents its 2018 – 2019 winter schedule: 2.5% increase in capacity

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-800 WL PH-HXK (msn 62157) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943966.

Air France-KLM today made the following announcement:

For the 2018-2019 winter season (October 28, 2018 to March 30, 2019), Air France-KLM is increasing capacity by 2.5%* compared to the previous winter season and is pursuing its growth objectives in continuation of the summer season. This growth, mainly generated by a better use of the fleet, is broken down as follows:

–       +2.8% for long-haul passenger operations,

–       +1.1% for medium and short-haul passenger operations,

–       +11.5% for Transavia’s low-cost operations.

Long-haul: +2.8%

On its long-haul network, Air France-KLM will offer 6 new routes this winter –

–        5 destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle in continuation of the summer season: Seattle/Tacoma (USA), Taipei (Taiwan), Nairobi (Kenya) with Air France and Fortaleza (Brazil) and Mahé (Seychelles) with Joon, which will also continue to serve Cape Town (South Africa), Mumbai (India) and Cairo (Egypt), previously operated by Air France.

–        1 destination on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol in continuation of the summer season: Fortaleza (Brazil) with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

 

  • North America

In the United States, Air France will continue to serve Seattle/Tacoma, inaugurated on March 25, throughout the winter season with 3 weekly flights. The company will increase its weekly frequencies to Detroit and New York, offering 7 and 28 weekly flights respectively. KLM will offer an additional weekly flight to Minneapolis (4 weekly flights).

In Canada, the Air France-KLM group will increase seat capacity by 10% from Europe. Customers will benefit from an additional flight to Montreal (13 weekly flights) with Air France. On departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, they will benefit from 2 additional flights to Toronto (9 weekly flights) and an additional flight to Calgary (7 weekly flights) with KLM.

 

  • Central and South America and the Caribbean 

In Costa Rica, Air France and KLM will operate an additional flight to San José, representing a 30%** capacity increase from Europe, with 4 weekly flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and 3 weekly flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol throughout the winter season. A fourth frequency will be added during the peak season, from mid-December to January.

In Brazil, the Group will continue to serve Fortaleza with KLM and Joon, a destination that was inaugurated on May 3rd by both airlines. Joon will increase its frequencies to the Brazilian destination with a total of 3 weekly flights. Air France will increase its seat capacity by 30% to Rio de Janeiro with 3 additional weekly flights (10 per week).

In Argentina, KLM will add a weekly frequency to offer customers a daily flight between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Buenos Aires.

In Colombia, the Bogota – Cartagena route will be operated 4 times weekly by KLM throughout the season. During the peak winter season, from December to February, customers will benefit from a fifth weekly frequency.

In the Caribbean, the Group will offer 3 times more seats between Europe and St. Martin – 4 additional flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and St. Martin with Air France (5 weekly flights) and an additional flight on the St. Martin – Curaçao route with KLM (3 weekly flights).

  • Asia and the Middle East

In Taiwan, Air France will continue its service from Paris-Charles de Gaulle in continuation of the summer season with 3 weekly flights.

In India, KLM will increase its flight frequencies to Mumbai and offer 4 weekly flights throughout the winter season. Joon will continue to serve Mumbai with a daily flight. In total, the Group will offer 32 weekly flights between Europe and India with Air France, KLM and Joon.

In Japan, Air France and KLM will offer customers an additional weekly flight to Osaka (5 and 7 flights per week respectively) on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol. Air France will also increase its frequencies to Tokyo-Haneda with 2 additional flights (12 weekly flights). The Group will thus increase its seat capacity to Japan by 8% for the winter season.

In Vietnam, Air France will offer an additional weekly flight to Ho Chi Minh City, i.e. 4 weekly flights, during the Christmas holiday period.

In Sri Lanka, KLM will adapt its flight schedule to the capital Colombo with 2 weekly flights.

In the United Arab Emirates, with 3 additional weekly flights on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and 2 additional flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol from next February, the Group will offer up to 19 flights per week between Dubai and its main hubs.

  • Africa and the Indian Ocean

In Egypt, Joon will continue to serve Cairo with a daily flight, a destination that was previously operated by Air France.

In Kenya, Air France will offer 3 weekly flights to Nairobi in continuation of the summer season. In total, Air France-KLM will offer 10 weekly services to Nairobi, with 3 on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and 7 on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, in addition to the daily services operated by its partner Kenya Airways from both hubs.

In West Africa, Air France-KLM will increase capacity by 10%. To Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Accra (Ghana), customers will benefit from 2 and 4 additional flights respectively, for a total of one daily flight for each of these routes from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. To Lomé (Togo), Air France will offer a daily flight with 3 additional weekly flights in addition to the 4 weekly flights Paris – Niamey – Lomé.

In Sierra Leone and Liberia, KLM will cease its Freetown – Monrovia service on January 21, 2019.

In South Africa, Joon will continue to serve Cape Town with 5 weekly flights.

In the Seychelles, customers will benefit from 3 weekly flights to Mahé with Joon throughout the winter season.

In the Maldives, Air France will offer an additional flight to Malé, with a total of 3 weekly flights. KLM will continue to serve Mauritius with 3 non-stop weekly flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol, in addition to the non-stop Air France flights fromParis-Charles de Gaulle.

 

Medium- and short-haul: +1.1%.

On its medium- and short-haul network, the Air France-KLM Group will offer 20 new routes** from its main hubs and regions:

  • 16 routes operated 1 to 14 times a week throughout the season:

–        From Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Bari (Italy), Catania (Italy), Cork (Ireland), Lorient (France), Toulon (France) and Wroclaw (Poland) with AF as well as Bergen (Norway) with Joon.

–        From Paris-Orly: La Rochelle (France) with HOP!

–        From Amsterdam-Schiphol: Växjö (Sweden) with KLM

–        From the French regions with HOP! Air France:

o   From Caen: Geneva (Switzerland) and Marseille (France)

o   From Lorient: Lyon (France)

o   From Lille: Brest (France)

o   From Metz-Nancy: Marseille (France)

o   From Rennes: Brussels (Belgium) and Strasbourg (France)

 

  • 4 routes operated once a week (mainly on weekends) during the French school holidays with HOP! Air France:

– Pau from Brest, Caen and Strasbourg (France)

– Geneva (Switzerland) from Brest (France)

 

For the first time, Joon will operate flights to Budapest (Hungary) and Bergen (Norway), previously operated by Air France, as well as Rome (Italy), Naples (Italy), Oslo (Norway) and Istanbul (Turkey) in continuation of the summer season. Joon, the new generation of travel by Air France, will offer a total of 10 destinations for the winter season on its medium-haul network.

 

Transavia: + 11.5%

Transavia will expand its network from all its bases in France and the Netherlands with 18 new routes**:

–        From Eindhoven: Krakow (Poland)

–        From Rotterdam: Nador (Morocco) and Lanzarote (Spain)

–        From Amsterdam: Beirut (Lebanon) and Ovda (Israel)

–        From Groningen: Tenerife (Spain)

–        From Paris-Orly: Athens (Greece), Palermo (Italy), Rabat (Morocco) and Tenerife (Spain)

–        From Nantes: Djerba (Tunisia), Monastir (Tunisia), Casablanca (Morocco), Rome (Italy), Seville (Spain), Tenerife (Spain) and Tel Aviv (Israel)

–        From Lyon: Djerba (Tunisia)

 

On departure from the Netherlands, the Group’s low-cost airline will increase capacity by 3.8% and by 25% on departure from France.

 

A modernized fleet and new cabins

 

Air France-KLM is continuing its investments in order to offer its customers the latest generation aircraft and the best travel cabins.

 

For the 2018-2019 winter season, the Group will fly to 29 destinations by Boeing 787 with Air France and KLM:

 

  • From Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Boston and Detroit (United States), Bogota (Colombia), Panama (Panama), Guangzhou (China), Osaka (Japan), Bamako (Senegal), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Nairobi (Kenya), Malé (Maldives).
  • From Amsterdam-Schiphol: Toronto, Calgary (Canada), Minneapolis, New York, Washington, Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco (United States), San Jose (Costa Rica), Bogota – Cartagena (Colombia), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Mauritius (Republic of Mauritius), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Mumbai (India), Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xiamen (China) and Osaka (Japan).

Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss.

The Air France Airbus A380 will also take off to 7 destinations: New York, Los Angeles and Miami (United States), Mexico City (Mexico), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Johannesburg (South Africa), and Shanghai (China).

Air France will offer its customers the opportunity to enjoy the latest new travel cabins on board 51% of its long-haul flights by the end of the winter season: 1 Airbus A330, 7 Boeing 787, 25 Boeing 777-200 and 19 Boeing 777-300 aircraft. In addition, next January, Air France’s first renovated Airbus A330 will unveil its brand new Business, Premium Economy and Economy long-haul travel cabins on flights to Houston (United States), Accra (Ghana) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). A total of 15 Airbus A330s will be refurbished by the beginning of 2020.

KLM is also continuing to deploy its new World Business Class and Economy cabins. As from January 2019:

  • all KLM long-haul flights will offer the new World Business Class, equipped with full flat seats.
  • all Boeing 777, Boeing 787 and Airbus A330 aircraft will be equipped with the new Economy cabins.

Joon also offers its customers its latest travel cabins on board its 4 Airbus A340s, which will fly to Cairo (Egypt), Cape Town (South Africa), Fortaleza (Brazil), Mumbai (India) and Mahé (Seychelles) throughout the winter season.

Finally, Transavia France is continuing to expand and will take delivery of a 34th new Boeing 737 in its fleet in December 2018.

*Capacity measured in available seat-kilometres compared to the 2017-2018 winter schedule.

**Compared to the 2017-2018 winter season.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the group): Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-800 WL PH-HXK (msn 62157) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943966.

Transavia (Netherlands) aircraft slide show:

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Air France-KLM presents its summer schedule with a 4.1% increase

Air France-KLM have made this announcement:

For the 2018 summer season (from March 25 to October 27, 2018), Air France-KLM is increasing capacity by 4.1% compared to the previous summer season*. Growth will be driven by Transavia’s low-cost operations (+10.6%), the long-haul passenger network (+3.9%) and the short and medium-haul passenger network (+1.4%). In 2018, the group is continuing its growth strategy and offering 314 destinations to 116 countries including 78 new services this summer throughout its network.

With an increase in capacity of +4.1%, we are choosing to step up our offensive on all our markets. This summer, the group will inaugurate 78 new services, a record in its history, and proof of its agility and ambition to develop its activity. In this way we are confirming the growth objectives set out in Trust Together and are determined to take our share on this highly competitive market”, stated Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM.

Long-haul: +3.9%

On its long-haul network, Air France-KLM will operate 9 new services** –

–        6 destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Nairobi (Kenya), Seattle/Tacoma (USA) startng March 25, Taipei (Taiwan) starting April 16 and San José (Costa Rica) in continuation of the 2017-18 winter season with Air France. Fortaleza (Brazil) starting May 3 and Mahé (Seychelles) starting May 5 with Joon.

–        1 destination on departure from Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe): Atlanta (United States) as a continuation of the winter season with Air France.

–        2 destinations on departure from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: Fortaleza (Brazil) and Mumbai (India) in continuation of the 2017-18 winter season with KLM.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Airbus A330-303 PH-AKA (msn 1287) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 913111.

Above Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Airbus A330-303 PH-AKA (msn 1287) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 913111.

  • North America

In the United States, Air France will resume service to Seattle/Tacoma with 5 weekly flights by Boeing 777-200. The Atlanta – Pointe-à-Pitre service launched during the 2017-18 winter season will be prolonged throughout the 2018 summer season. Detroit and Boston will be operated by Boeing 787 until June 17. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is increasing its services to Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York. One frequency a week from Amsterdam will be added to both the Minneapolis and San Francisco routes, taking the weekly frequency of KLM flights to 4 and 11 respectively. The KLM frequency to New York will increase by 6, taking the weekly total of roundtrips between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and New York to 20.

Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (msn 38769) LHR (SPA). Image: 937333.

Above Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBA (msn 38769) LHR (SPA). Image: 937333.

  • Central and South America and Caribbean

In Brazil, KLM and Joon are launching new services to Fortaleza on May 3, 2018. KLM will operate 3*** direct flights a week between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol airport and Fortaleza by Airbus A330. Joon will operate a twice weekly service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Fortaleza by Airbus A340. This new route will offer a third Brazilian gateway for the Group with its partner GOL Linhas Aéras Inteligentes, in addition to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, with 6 new routes beyond Fortaleza operated on a code-share basis. KLM will offer an additional 333 seats per week to Rio de Janeiro, representing an increase of 18.2%, thanks to an additional weekly flight. The Group will thus offer its customers 2 daily flights to/from Europe with KLM on departure from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and with Air France on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

In Costa Rica, Air France will extend its service to San José throughout the summer season with 2 weekly flights.

In Argentina, Colombia, Chile and the Caribbean, KLM is increasing its weekly seat capacity by 20% on departure of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol : An additional flight to Buenos Aires and Santiago, takes KLM’s weekly frequency on this route to 6; an additional flight to Bogota and Cartagena, takes KLM’s weekly frequency on this route to 4; and an additional flight to Aruba and Bonaire takes the total weekly frequency on this route to seven. And, 2 new weekly circle flights between Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, St Martin and Curaçao will increase KLM’s weekly frequency to Curaçao from 7 to 9. Air France will operate one of its Boeing 787 to connect Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Bogota as from April 22 and 2018. To St Martin, Air France will operate 2 weekly services on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle by Airbus A330.

  • Asia and the Middle East

In Taiwan, Air France will inaugurate a service to Taipei with 3 weekly flights operated by Boeing 777-200 as from April 16. This new offer will be in addition to KLM’s daily service to this destination.

In Japan, Air France will increase the number of seats available to Osaka thanks to its Boeing 787, i.e., an additional weekly seat capacity of 744 and on its service to Tokyo-Haneda with 2 additional weekly flights.

In South Korea, customers will benefit from an additional flight to Seoul operated by Air France Boeing 777-200, representing 3 weekly flights in total.

In Thailand, Air France will offer 2 additional flights to Bangkok, i.e., 5 weekly flights throughout the summer season.

In India, KLM will prolong its Mumbai service in continuation of the 2017-18 winter season with 3 weekly flights. Air France will entrust its Mumbai service to Joon as from June 18, 2018. The service will be operated daily by Airbus A340. In Bangalore, Air France will increase its flight offering with an additional flight, i.e., 7 weekly flights.

In Malaysia, KLM will reduce frequencies to Kuala Lumpur and will operate 7 weekly flights on departure from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in continuation of the winter season.

In Kazakhstan, KLM will suspend services to Almaty and Astana during the summer season, in continuation of the winter season.

  • Africa and the Indian Ocean

In Kenya, Air France will inaugurate the Paris-Nairobi service on March 25, 2018. The city will be served by Boeing 787 with 3 weekly flights.

In Egypt, Iran and South Africa, Air France will entrust to Joon its service to Cairo with a daily flight as from March 25, Tehran with 3 weekly flights as from April 2 and Cape Town with 3 weekly flights as from April 1.

In West Africa, Air France will increase the number of direct flights to Lomé (Togo), offering 3 weekly frequencies in addition to the 4 weekly Paris – Accra – Lomé services. To Accra (Ghana), the airline will offer an additional non-stop flight, operating a total of 4 weekly frequencies from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

In the Seychelles, Joon, will inaugurate its service to Mahé with 3 weekly flights as from May 5, 2018.

Medium and short-haul – +1.4%

On its medium and short-haul network, the Group is expanding its offer of destinations and connections with 45 new services**.

Throughout the 2018 summer season, the Air France-KLM group will offer 18 new services** on departure from the main hubs and regions –

–        On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Bergen (Norway) and Catania (Italy) with Air France as well as Cork (Ireland), Wroclaw (Poland) and Toulon (France) with HOP!

–        On departure from Paris-Orly: La Rochelle (France) with HOP!

–        On departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol Nantes (France) and Växjö (Sweden) with KLM

–        On departure from the French regions with HOP!:

o   On departure from Bordeaux: Düsseldorf (Germany);

o   On departure from Marseille: Caen (France) and Metz (France);

o   On departure from Montpellier: Algiers (Algeria);

o   On departure from Nantes: Hamburg (Germany);

o   On departure from Lille: Brest (France);

o   On departure from Lyon: Rouen (France) and Nuremberg (Germany);

o   On departure from Strasbourg: Rennes (France);

o   On departure from Toulouse: Caen (France).

During the peak summer period, the Air France-KLM group will offer 27 new services including 16 to/from Corsica** –

–        On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle: Bari (Italy), Ibiza (Spain), Dubrovnik (Croatia) with Air France as well as Cagliari (Italy) and Perpignan (France) with HOP!.

–        On departure from the French regions with HOP!:

o   On departure from Bordeaux: Calvi (France);

o   On departure from Caen: Ajaccio (France);

o   On departure from Castres: Bastia (France);

o   On departure from Marseille: Geneva (Switzerland), Beirut (Lebanon);

o   On departure from Metz: Bastia (France);

o   On departure from Nantes: Ajaccio (France) and Bastia (France);

o   On departure from Nice: Beirut (Lebanon) and Quimper (France);

o   On departure from Lille: Toulon (France);

o   On departure from Lyon: Figari (France), Calvi (France), Bastia (France) and Ajaccio (France);

o   On departure from Perpignan: Bastia (France);

o   On departure from Strasbourg: Toulon (France) and Bastia (France);

o   On departure from Toulon: Geneva (Switzerland);

o   On departure from Toulouse: Ibiza (Spain) and Figari (France);

–        On departure from Brussels (Belgium): Calvi (France) with HOP!. 

The Group will expand its medium and short-haul network by significantly increasing flight frequencies. Air France will increase its capacity to Dublin (Ireland), Oslo (Norway), Gothenburg (Sweden), Berlin (Germany), Nice (France), Madrid (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco) and Palma (Spain) by 9% compared to the previous summer season. KLM will increase its capacity to Bologna (Italy), Krakow, Gdansk (Poland) and Helsinki (Finland).

Joon (Air France) Airbus A320-214 F-GKXT (msn 3859) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 940724.

Above Copyright Photo: Joon (Air France) Airbus A320-214 F-GKXT (msn 3859) LIS (Ton Jochems). Image: 940724.

Joon will continue its growth on the medium-haul network. Air France will entrust 4 additional destinations to Joon on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle –

–        To Italy: Naples with 3 daily flights and Rome with 7 daily flights,

–        To Norway: Oslo with 2 to 3 daily flights,

–        To Turkey: Istanbul with 1 daily flight.

These destinations will complete the existing Joon network on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, comprising Barcelona (Spain), Lisbon, Porto (Portugal) and Berlin (Germany).

Transavia: +10.6%

Transavia will develop its network from all its bases in France (Orly, Lyon and Nantes) and the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven) with 24 new services**:

–        From Eindhoven: Rijeka (Croatia), Seville (Spain), Marrakech (Morocco) and Tel Aviv (Israel);

–        From Rotterdam: Lamezia Terme, Palermo (Italy), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Almeria (Spain), Lisbon (Portugal), Heraklion (Greece) and Al Hoceima (Morocco);

–        From Paris-Orly: Beirut (Lebanon), Rabat (Morocco), Alicante (Spain) and Olbia (Italy);

–        From Nantes: Rome, Catania (Italy), Agadir, Casablanca (Morocco) and Djerba (Tunisia);

–        From Lyon: Catania, Palermo (Italy), Djerba (Tunisia) and Malaga (Spain).

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HZW (msn 29345) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 930149.

Above Copyright Photo: Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HZW (msn 29345) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 930149.

On departure from the Netherlands, the Group’s low-cost airline will increase capacity by 50% to Greece and its islands, as well as to Eastern Europe (Belgrade and Ljubljana).

On departure from France, total growth will be 19%, mainly driven by departures from the French regions such as Lyon and Nantes. Transavia will mainly increase capacity to Morocco, Greece and Tunisia to meet the strong demand of leisure travellers.

Moreover, Air France and Transavia have signed an agreement under which Air France will share 50 services operated by the low-cost carrier from Paris-Orly, Lyon and Nantes.

Partnerships, the perfectly-balanced equation for even more destinations

In order to offer its customers the most extensive network and the best connecting opportunities on all continents, Air France-KLM is actively pursuing its policy of strengthening its existing alliances and exploring new partnerships.

For the 2018 summer season, the group will offer a wider choice of destinations and connections for customers travelling between India and Europe via Paris and Amsterdam thanks to the enhanced cooperation agreement recently signed with Jet Airways.

The joint venture between Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines provides customers with access to more than 270 destinations beyond 27 North American cities and offers more than 215 destinations beyond the 28 European gateways.

To maintain its position as European leader in terms of capacity from Europe to China, Air France-KLM will continue its strategic joint venture with China Eastern from the main hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Shanghai, while maintaining its joint venture agreements with China Southern and Xiamen Airlines on 5 services from Paris and Amsterdam to Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Beijing and Xiamen.

Air France will offer the new Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Taipei route in cooperation with China Airlines, a member of Skyteam, with a codeshare agreement on this route, as well as destinations beyond the two hubs.

Air France and Vietnam Airlines, also a SkyTeam member, have signed a new joint-venture which has been in force since November 1, 2017. In this way, customers will benefit from a combined offer as well as improved and enhanced connections between the buoyant market of Vietnam and Europe.

With its partner GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, customers of the Air France-KLM group will benefit from 50 Brazilian destinations, now available from three gateways in Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Fortaleza.

The already-existing partnership between KLM and Kenya Airways provides customers with access to a vast network to East Africa and several connecting opportunities from Nairobi. The launch by Air France of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle – Nairobi route and the integration of the airline in the joint-venture with KLM and Kenya Airways considerably increases the Air France-KLM group’s capacity in East Africa.

Moreover, with KLM’s integration in the joint-venture between Air France and Air Mauritius, KLM and Air Mauritius will share a coordinated flight schedule throughout the year on the Amsterdam-Mauritius route.

*Capacity measured in available seat kilometres compared to the 2018 summer season.
**Compared to the 2017 summer season.
*** 2 weekly flights from 3 May to 1 July then 3 weekly flights as from 2 July 2018.

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Transavia (Netherlands) aircraft show:

Joon aircraft slide show:

 

Air France-KLM announce their 2017 summer schedule

For the 2017 summer season (from 26 March to 28 October 2017), Air France-KLM is continuing its growth by launching 53 new routes. The group is increasing capacity by 2.9% compared to the previous summer season*, with growth driven by the long-haul passenger network (+ 2%), the medium and short-haul passenger network (+ 2.7%) and Transavia’s low-cost activity (+ 10.2%).

53 new routes**

On its long-haul network, Air France-KLM is operating 9 new routes**:

  • 3 destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle operated by Air France: Accra (Ghana), Cancun (Mexico) and Cape Town (South Africa).
  • 6 destinations on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol operated by KLM: Cartagena (Colombia), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Minneapolis (United States), Monrovia (Liberia), Tehran (Iran) and Windhoek (Namibia).

On its medium and short-haul network, the group will operate 25 new routes**:

  • 5 destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle operated by Air France: Agadir and Marrakech (Morocco), Milan-Malpensa (Italy), Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and Porto (Portugal).
  • 10 destinations on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol operated by KLM: Cagliari and Catania (Italy), Dublin (Ireland), Milan-Malpensa (Italy), Gdansk (Poland), Graz (Austria), London-City Airport (UK), Malaga (Spain), Porto (Portugal) and Split (Croatia).
  • 10 destinations on departure from the French regions operated by HOP! Air France:
  • On departure from Marseille: Athens (Greece), Ibiza (Spain) and Stockholm (Sweden);
  • On departure from Nice: Athens (Greece) and Tel Aviv (Israel);
  • On departure from Bordeaux: Copenhagen (Denmark) and Frankfurt (Germany);
  • On departure from Toulouse: Athens (Greece) and Malta;
  • On departure from Montpellier and Castres: Ibiza (Spain).

Finally, Transavia is continuing its development by launching 19 new routes**:

  • 10 destinations on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol: Almeria (Spain), Belgrade (Serbia), Helsinki (Finland), Katowice (Poland), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Munich (Germany), Reus (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria), Tirana (Albania) and Zurich (Switzerland).
  • 5 destinations on departure from Rotterdam: Bergerac (France), Pisa (Italy), Pula (Croatia), Valencia (Spain) and Venice (Italy).
  • 1 destination on departure from Eindhoven: Stockholm (Sweden).
  • 3 destinations on departure from Paris-Orly: Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Tangiers (Morocco) and Tivat (Montenegro).

Continued improvement of the fleet and services

This summer, the fleet modernization and the improvement of the group’s products and services are continuing with the arrival of 4 new Boeing 787 and the deployment of the new long-haul cabins on board 4 Boeing 777.

"Sunflower", delivered on November 12, 2015

Copyright Photo Above: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner PH-BHC (msn 38760) AMS (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 932928.

KLM Aircraft Slide Show:

At the end of the 2017 summer season, Air France-KLM will have a total of 13 Boeing 787 in its fleet:

  • 10 aircraft operated by KLM will fly to 18 destinations, partially or totally operated by the airline: Cape Town (South Africa), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto (Canada), Chengdu, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen (China), Bogota, Cartagena (Colombia), Atlanta, New York, Salt Lake City, San Francisco (United States), Delhi (India) and Osaka (Japan).
  • 3 aircraft operated by Air France will fly to 4 long-haul destinations: Cairo (Egypt), Montreal (Canada) and Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) as a continuation of the flight to Bamako (Mali) as from 9 October 2017.

At the end of the 2017 summer season, KLM’s entire fleet of Boeing 747, Boeing 777 and Boeing 787, or 53 aircraft, will be equipped with the latest World Business Class cabins.

By the end of the summer season, Air France will offer 44 Boeing 777 equipped with its latest travel cabins on its long-haul network; 19 Boeing 777-300 and 25 Boeing 777-200, or the entire Boeing 777-200 fleet, as well as 3 Boeing 787 aircraft.

Long-haul: + 2%

North America: increased capacity to the United States and Mexico

On March 27, 2017, KLM will launch the Amsterdam-Schiphol – Minneapolis/St. Paul (United States) route, the largest cities in Minnesota. The route will be operated three times a week, in addition to a daily flight operated by Air France on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and three daily flights operated by Delta between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJD (msn 049) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 905920.

Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJD (msn 049) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 905920.

Air France Aircraft Slide Show:

Air France is reinforcing the Paris-Charles de Gaulle – New York-JFK route by operating a second Airbus A380 on a daily basis. In total, Air France-KLM, together with Alitalia and Delta Air Lines, will offer 77 weekly services on departure from Paris and Amsterdam to New York-JFK as part of the vast transatlantic joint venture.

In Mexico, Air France will continue to serve Cancun with 3 weekly flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, a route previously operated only in winter.

Central and South America and the Caribbean: strong growth to Cuba

In Cuba, Air France-KLM is accompanying the market’s strong growth by offering 18 flights a week to Havana; six additional flights on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (11 weekly frequencies operated by Air France) and Amsterdam-Schiphol (7 weekly frequencies operated by KLM).

In Colombia, KLM is suspending services to Cali and will offer Cartagena as a new destination from Amsterdam-Schiphol, as a continuation of the Amsterdam-Schiphol – Bogota flight.

KLM will continue to serve Saint Martin with 3 weekly non-stop flights to replace the Saint Martin – Curaçao – Amsterdam-Schiphol route.

Middle East and India: growth to Iran

Taking advantage of the expansion of the Iranian market, the group will continue to offer 7 weekly flights to Tehran: 4 weekly frequencies operated by KLM from Amsterdam-Schiphol and 3 weekly frequencies operated by Air France from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Air France-KLM is adapting its capacity in Egypt by suspending the Amsterdam-Schiphol – Cairo route, while maintaining a strong presence in this market with the deployment of Air France’s first Boeing 787.

KLM will be adjusting its flight schedule to the Middle East with the suspension of the service to Doha (Qatar) as of 25 March 2017. Instead, KLM will be increasing capacity to Bahrain by operating six weekly frequencies. Muscat (Oman) will be operated as a continuation of the flight to Dammam (Saudi Arabia), providing better connections at the group’s hub in Amsterdam-Schiphol.

Asia: consolidating our position

Air France is continuing its development to India by reinforcing its offer to Bangalore (1 additional weekly flight) and Mumbai (20% additional seats per day).

During the 2017 summer season, KLM will serve Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) with three additional weekly flights. These flights will be operated in addition to the daily Amsterdam-Schiphol-Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta (Indonesia) route.

In Greater China, passengers to and from Hong Kong will benefit daily from the latest long-haul cabins on board Air France’s Boeing 777-300 on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle throughout the 2017 summer season.

KLM and China Airlines are strengthening their cooperation by offering a direct flight operated by China Airlines between Taipei and Amsterdam-Schiphol, in continuation of the 2016-17 winter season. Thanks to a capacity-sharing agreement, KLM will be able to offer its customers 11 weekly flights.

Africa and Indian Ocean: strengthening the offer of destinations on an expanding market

KLM will operate 3 weekly services from Amsterdam-Schiphol to Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Monrovia (Liberia). Flights to Freetown will be offered in addition to Air France services. Monrovia is a new destination for the group.

In South Africa, Air France will extend services to Cape Town, previously operated only in the winter.

In Ghana, Air France will operate flights to Accra, inaugurated on 28 February 2017, with 3 flights a week from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. This new offer is in addition to the KLM services operated from Amsterdam-Schiphol, bringing the Group’s offer to 10 weekly flights. This new service will provide optimized connections for customers connecting to and from North America and Europe.

Finally, in continuation of the winter season, KLM will operate 3 weekly flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol to Windhoek (Namibia), as a continuation of the flight to Luanda (Angola).

Medium and short-haul: + 2.7%

With increased capacity, the group is once again demonstrating its agility on the European network and is expanding its offer with 25 new routes this summer.

On departure from the hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol

On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France will launch flights to Marrakech and Agadir (Morocco), Palma de Mallorca (Spain) and Porto (Portugal). This new offer is in line with Air France-KLM’s offensive strategy as part of its Trust Together project. The growth of the group’s fleet combined with a more intensive use of its aircraft allows it to offer new destinations in Europe during the peak summer period.

On departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, KLM will launch flights to Cagliari and Catania (Italy), Gdansk (Poland), Graz (Austria), London-City Airport (UK), Malaga (Spain), Porto (Portugal), and Split Croatia). In continuation of the winter 2016-17 season, KLM will continue to serve Dublin (Ireland).

Air France and KLM will resume service to Milan-Malpensa with 5 and 4 daily frequencies respectively from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol, in addition to 2 daily flights connecting Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Milan-Linate and a daily flight connecting Amsterdam-Schiphol to Milan-Linate.

On departure from Paris-Orly and the French regions

On the HOP! Air France network, in continuation of the 2016-17 winter season, 10 daily flights will be operated to Montpellier, the fifth La Navette destination on departure from Paris-Orly after Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice.

Hop! For Air France Embraer ERJ 170-100STD F-HBXE (msn 17000286) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937279.

Copyright Photo: Hop! For Air France Embraer ERJ 170-100STD F-HBXE (msn 17000286) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937279.

Hop Aircraft Slide Show:

On departure from the French provinces, to meet the high demand in the busy summer months, Air France will operate direct flights to Athens (Greece), Ibiza (Spain) and Stockholm (Sweden) from Marseille, to Athens (Greece) and Tel Aviv (Israel) from Nice, to Athens (Greece) and Malta from Toulouse, to Copenhagen (Denmark) and Frankfurt (Germany) from Bordeaux and to Ibiza (Spain) from Montpellier and Castres.

In addition, capacity will also be increased to Corsica, which will be served on departure from 16 French regional cities: Aurillac, Bordeaux, Brive, Caen, Castres, Clermont-Ferrand, La Rochelle, Lille, Metz-Nancy, Nantes, Quimper, Pau, Poitiers, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse.

The underside markings of the 2015 livery

Copyright Photo: Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HSK (msn 41330) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 930150.

Transavia (Netherlands Slide Show:

Transavia: + 10.2%

This summer, Transavia will be offering 19 new routes**:

  • 10 on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol: Almeria (Spain), Belgrade (Serbia), Helsinki (Finland), Katowice (Poland), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Munich (Germany), Reus, (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria), Tirana (Albania) and Zurich (Switzerland).
  • 5 on departure from Rotterdam: Bergerac (France), Pisa (Italy), Pula (Croatia), Valencia (Spain) and Venice (Italy).
  • 1 on departure from Eindhoven: Stockholm (Sweden).
  • 3 on departure from Paris-Orly: Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Tangiers (Morocco) and Tivat (Montenegro).

Air France-KLM’s low-cost activity will offer a total of 133 destinations in 36 countries. 7 new Boeing 737-800 will join the fleet for a total of 70 aircraft.

In this way, Transavia, which is growing rapidly, is continuing its development on departure from France and the Netherlands. On departure from Paris-Orly, Transavia is strengthening its offer to Israel and Morocco. From Amsterdam-Schiphol, Transavia is developing new markets to the Eastern European countries.

* Capacity measured in available seat-kilometres compared to the 2016 summer schedule

**Compared to the 2016 summer season.

Transavia France introduces its new Bostik adhesives logo jet

Transavia France (Paris) has issued this statement about its new Bostik Boeing 737-800 logo jet:

For the first time in France, a Boeing 737-800 from the fleet of Air France-KLM subsidiary, Transavia, features a unique livery and logo which will promote Bostik’s new branding and identity across Europe. This unique contract between two French companies with international ambitions and operations highlights the expertise of Bostik, a specialist in adhesives for aerospace applications.

Bostik logo
According to the airline, “With a 250 square-meter airborne display of its new graphic identity, Bostik has people talking and has demonstrated that when it comes to performance, the sky’s the limit. The international manufacturer of adhesives for the industrial, construction and consumer markets unveiled the re-branded Boeing 737-800 airplane today during a press conference at Orly airport in advance of the aircraft’s inaugural flight.

Bostik and its parent company, Arkema, will use this high-profile Europe-wide campaign to promote their expertise in the adhesives and materials used by aircraft manufacturers which are designed to meet the industry’s exacting specifications.
Top-flight innovation from a leader in adhesives

As a partner to the aerospace industry since 1954, Bostik has developed numerous adhesive solutions designed specifically for aircraft applications. Although invisible to passengers, these high-technology products play a critical role in safety and comfort, helping to ease cabin vibration during take-off and landing and reducing noise throughout the flight. Bostik became a member the Arkema family in early 2015. Together, the two companies offer a broad array of products for the aerospace industry, including innovative solutions to join difficult materials, strengthen others and reduce aircraft weight.

The “Bostik airplane” will fly to 47 destinations in Europe in 20 different countries until the end of November 2015, making two round-trip flights per day. In all, 145,000 passengers will travel on the Bostik airplane over the next six months and millions of others will have a chance to admire it at Orly Sud, its main hub, and during layovers.

Bostik became a member of Arkema in February 2015 and accounts for 25% of the Group’s business. Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than 125 years, we have been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape our daily lives. From cradle to office and from home to worksite, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With 2014 sales of €1.5 billion, the company employs 4,900 people and has a presence in more than fifty countries.

Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8K2 F-GZHG (msn 30650) in the new Bostik special livery arrives at the Paris (Orly) Base.

Transavia France aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show