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Air France-KLM orders 100 Airbus A320neo family aircraft

Another blow to Boeing. Air France-KLM issued this statement:

On December 16, 2021, the Air France-KLM Board of Directors made the decision to move forward on the Group’s goal to improve its economic and environmental performance through the introduction of next generation aircraft. In doing so, the Group also demonstrated its ability to leverage purchasing synergies.

1. Firm order for 100 Airbus A320neo family aircraft – with purchase rights for 60 additional aircraft, to renew the fleets of KLM and Transavia Netherlands, and to renew and expand the fleet of Transavia France.

The order covers Airbus A320neo and Airbus A321neo aircraft. The first deliveries are expected in the second half of 2023.

Benefiting from the latest technological innovations, the A320neo family aircraft offer the best performance in their category for the network needs of the Group’s airlines. Compared to previous generation aircraft, they offer a unit cost reduction of more than 10%, as well as a 15% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Their noise footprint is also 50% lower.

Fleet renewal is the first lever to cut CO2 emissions, with immediate effect. Alongside the use of sustainable aviation fuels and eco-piloting, it is one of the pillars of the Group’s decarbonization trajectory, which aims for net zero emissions by 2050, and -50% CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 2030, i.e. -15% in absolute terms.

These aircraft will operate medium-haul routes in Europe, notably from Amsterdam-Schiphol – KLM’s global hub and Transavia Netherlands’ main base, and from Paris-Orly, Transavia France’s main base.

Details of the cabin configuration will be announced at a later date.

2. Signature of a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the purchase of 4 Airbus A350F Full Freighter aircraft – with purchase rights for 4 additional aircraft, to increase cargo capacity at Air France.

In the context of a steady and sustainable growth of demand for air cargo, this order would increase Air France-KLM’s cargo capacity.

Air France-KLM would be among the launch operators of the A350F Full Freighter.

This order would come with full substitution rights to Airbus A350 passenger aircraft, which constitute the new spearhead of the Air France long-haul fleet. The airline currently operates 12 of the 38 aircraft of the type on order.

Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM Group, said: These evolutionary orders will position our Group airlines on the path to improved performance while accelerating our decarbonization trajectory. This is a major step forward for KLM, Transavia and Air France, which will operate the best aircraft available for their network needs. The outstanding performances of the A320neo family and of the A350F Full-Freighter, which are quieter, more fuel-efficient and more cost-effective aircraft, make them the best choices for the long-term growth of our fleet. They will be instrumental in reaching our ambitious targets, including zero net CO2 emissions by 2050.”

As of December 15, 2021, Air France-KLM operated a fleet of 502 aircraft to over 300 destinations worldwide.

Transavia to operate the Rotterdam – Bergamo route

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HSW (msn 37160) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 955151.

Milan Bergamo Airport has announced the new connection with Rotterdam-The Hague, operated by Transavia with the start of the 2022 summer program. This is the third new airline to be landed in recent months in BGY.

Top Copyright Photo: Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HSW (msn 37160) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 955151.

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Air France-KLM loses 1.7 billion euros ($2.05 billion) in 2020

Air France-KLM Group issued this financial statement:

The COVID-19 crisis severely impacted the Full Year 2020 results:

 Revenue at 11.1 billion euros, down 59% compared to last year

 EBITDA loss at -1.7 billion euros, limited due to cost control

 Group net employee cost down 35% in 2020 compared to last year, supported by staff reductions, state support mechanisms and activity related wages. Average number of FTEs (Full Time Equivalent) in December 2020 decreased by 8,700 compared to December 2019

 Operating result at –4.5 billion euros, down 5.7 billion euros compared to last year

 Net income at -7.1 billion euros, including restructuring provision at -822 million euros, overhedging at -595 million euros and fleet impairment at -672 million euros

 Net debt at 11.0 billion euros, up 4.9 billion compared to end of 2019  At 31 December 2020, the Group has 9.8 billion euros of liquidity and credit lines at disposal

Read the full report.

Transavia to add two new destinations

Transavia (Netherlands) expands its flight schedule with two additional destinations: Alicante in Spain and Porto in Portugal. These destinations will be added from June 10 to destinations that will be flown again from June 4: Spain: Malaga, Greece: Athens and Portugal: Lisbon and Faro.

We will investigate per week whether and which additional destinations and which flights can be added in the near future. All new flights and destinations are published on the website every Wednesday afternoon.

Transavia takes various additional measures to make flying as safe and healthy as possible, such as extra cleaning of the aircraft and the reduction of mutual contact. As of June 4, passengers and crew will be wearing face and mouth protection on all flights, further reducing the already low risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Heraklion, Thessaloniki

The slow start-up of our flights also includes the continuous adjustment of the flight schedule based on recent developments. This requires some of the flexibility of our passengers (restrictions are continuously relaxed or tightened) and also the agility of Transavia. Passengers now hear about two weeks before their flight continues. It is possible that flights may have to be canceled due to changes in the restrictions of a country. For us, this means that we will still cancel the flights that we would operate on June 4-17 from Thessaloniki and Heraklion until June 17. Last weekend it was announced that only flights to Athens may be flown. Depending on the relaxation of the measures, we will check weekly whether flying at both airports is possible again. We strive to provide our passengers with clarity as soon as possible before this summer, as there is more insight into the various country restrictions.

Extension cancellation of other flights until June 17

When choosing the destinations, Transavia looked at the current restrictions and their development in the countries where Transavia flies. Portugal, Greece and Spain offer good prospects for this in the short term. This means that flights to other Transavia destinations have been canceled until June 17. To provide clarity about their flight, all passengers will receive a message about whether or not their flight will be canceled.

Hard restrictions in Portugal have been lifted. From June 4, we will start slowly again several flights to and from Faro and Lisbon and from June 10 also to Porto.
Spain currently has a travel advice to make necessary travel only and the country is currently asking travelers to inquire for two weeks upon arrival. Some of our travelers can go to Spain despite these restrictions, for example for family visits, a house or a business reason. The entry ban for “unnecessary travel” applies in Spain until June 15. Transavia wants to offer these passengers the opportunity to travel and therefore start a number of flights to Malaga and Alicante. Based on our experiences, we will see whether we will fly to more destinations in Spain in the coming period.

Greece has an entry ban for the Dutch until 31 May. Additional measures such as quarantine will apply to Greece until 30 June. For these reasons, all Transavia passengers are advised to only undertake necessary journeys. We do fly to Athens because this airport is released for air traffic.

From Transavia on social media:

Throwback to April 1970, when the second Boeing 707 was added to our fleet! The airplane in the photo is named after Dutch Princess Irene. The model who poses in front of the plane, is dressed in the Transavia uniform, which was designed by George Pisa and was worn until 1973.

This is our Peter Pan airplane! The plane is part of Peter Pan Vakantieclub which organizes holidays for children with a chronical disease for 23 years, because they can’t “just” go easily on a holiday.​

Did you know that the name Peter Pan is from the fairytale character Peter Pan who flies to Neverland with children and makes their wishes come true? With these holidays the Peter Pan Vakantieclub tries to create such a place, where it’s not about the disease, but about having fun together.

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Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) cancels all flights until May 6

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) has made this announcement:

A lot of countries are setting access restrictions because of the coronavirus. This makes it difficult or even impossible to travel in and out of countries. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs advices only to travel abroad if this is necessary. That is why we have decided to cancel all flights from the Netherlands from Monday, March 23 to Wednesday, May 6. If your outbound flight is before May 7, and your return flight is after that date, we will cancel your whole booking. The main booker will receive a message from us via email.

We still carry out repatriation flights for the ministry of Foreign Affairs. If you are still in a foreign country and want to go home to The Netherlands, register yourself at the platform Special Assistance Abroad.

After May 6
The Dutch government announced new restrictions in the Netherlands on March 23. For now, these have no effect on our flight schedule, but we may also have to cancel flights after May 6. We follow the advice of the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. If you book a flight that departs after May 6, this flight might be cancelled. In that case you will receive an email. For the value of your booking you will receive a voucher from us, with which you can later book a new ticket.

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Transavia cancels all flights until at least April 5

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) has made this announcement:

A lot of countries are setting access restrictions because of the corona virus. This makes it difficult or even impossible to travel in and out of countries. That’s why we have decided to cancel all flights from Monday, March 23 to Sunday, April 5, 2020.

We still execute extra flights to bring passengers home.

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Blackshape Gabriél trainers delivered to the Transavia Pilot Program

Two new Blackshape Bk160 Gabriél trainer aircraft have been delivered from Italy to Zelf Vliegen Flight Academy in the Netherlands. The Gabriél is the first aircraft if this type to be used for the new Transavia Airlines Pilot Program, that was started by Transavia in 2019. Zelf Vliegen Flight Academy at Lelystad Airport is the launching customer of the new Italian Blackshape Bk160 Gabriél.

Blackshape Gabriél
The new high performance full carbon fiber Blackshape Bk160 Gabriél tandem seater is equipped with a glass cockpit and with dual controls, is capable of top performance flight qualities and is EASA CS-VLA certified. In 2018 the Blackshape Gabriél was chosen by Transavia for its new Airline Pilot Program.

Transavia Airline Pilot Program
In 2019 Transavia started its new Airline Pilot Program, offering young people the opportunity to obtain their Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL). Transavia Airlines is a low-cost airline that was founded in 1965, operating from the Netherlands and France with a fleet of 80 Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft to over 110 destinations in Europe and North Africa. These first two Blackshape Bk160 Gabriél basic trainer aircraft arrived in December 2019 and in February 2020 in The Netherlands. Zelf Vliegen Flight Academy has already placed an order for another two Gabriéls.

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Air France – KLM announce their winter schedule

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

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

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

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

Long-haul: +4%

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

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

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

· North America

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

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

· Central and South America and the Caribbean:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

· Asia and the Middle East

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

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

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

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

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

· Africa and Indian Ocean

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

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

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

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

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

Medium and short-haul: -2%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.