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Air France is tripling capacity on domestic network for the holiday season

Air France made this announcement:

 

Air France is making sure its customers can travel in mainland France and the overseas territories during the holiday season.

During this period, Air France will be tripling capacity on its domestic network compared to the current capacity during lockdown, reaching up to 55% of the flight schedule operated during the same period in 2019.

This increase in frequencies will concern services on departure from Paris as well as inter-regional routes, with the resumption of Air France routes suspended since lockdown, such as Bordeaux-Marseille, Bordeaux-Nice, Lille-Marseille, Lille-Toulouse, Lille-Nice, Lyon-Biarritz, Paris-Charles de Gaulle-Biarritz, Paris-Charles de Gaulle-Rennes, Paris-Orly-Pau, Rennes-Toulouse, Strasbourg-Toulouse and Strasbourg-Nice.

From December 18, 2020 to January 3, 2021, Air France will also operate 13 seasonal domestic routes: Biarritz-Nice, Bordeaux-Lille, Brest-Toulon, Caen-Marseille, Caen-Nice, Strasbourg-Marseille, Strasbourg-Biarritz, Strasbourg-Brest, Strasbourg-Pau, Rennes-Marseille, Rennes-Nice, Paris CDG-Ajaccio and Paris CDG-Bastia.

Capacity to the overseas territories will also be increased on departure from Paris-Orly to Cayenne, Pointe-à-Pitre, Fort-de-France and Saint-Denis de La Réunion. As of 14 December, Air France will operate flights to Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, in addition to the services from Paris-Orly, providing connections to the entire Air France network.

Before planning a trip, Air France strongly encourages its customers to familiarize themselves with the current formalities, particularly with regard to COVID tests, by consulting the airfrance.traveldoc.aero website. Air France reminds that the presentation of a negative COVID test is currently mandatory for all travel to the French Overseas Territories.

As the safety of its customers and staff is its absolute priority, Air France is maintaining the Air France Protect health & hygiene measures, with reinforced cleaning of aircraft before each flight, temperature checks during board on flight to certain destinations, and the compulsory wearing of masks throughout the flight.

To ensure its customers travel in complete peace of mind, Air France is offering fully flexible fares, with the possibility of postponing or cancelling their trip at no extra charge for any reason, and without having to provide proof.*

 

* For all Air France flights until 31 March 2021:
–    Modifications: possibility of changing the date and/or destination of your ticket regardless of the fare conditions until the day of departure of the 1st flight.  If the price of the new ticket is higher, the fare difference will be charged to the customer.
–    Refunds: possibility of requesting a ticket refund up to the day of departure of the 1st flight. If the fare conditions of your ticket do not allow a refund, a credit voucher valid for one year will be issued, the refund of which can be requested at any time.

Air France to start operating flights to the brand new Berlin-Brandenburg Willy Brandt International Airport (BER)

Air France has made this announcement:

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

Third quarter

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Nine months

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2020 Change Change constant currency

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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.

Air France bids adieu to Tegel as last airline: Farewell flight to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on November 8, 2020

Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg has made this announcement:

Air France was the first civil airline to land at Berlin-Tegel Airport and it will also be the last to take-off from there: on 2 January 1960, an Air France aircraft taxied over the airport runway for the first time, which until then had only been used by the military. 60 years later, on 8 November 2020, AF1235 to Paris-Charles de Gaulle will say adieu to Tegel as the last flight.

On 8 November 2020, Air France will take-off twice from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) to Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The third Air France flight, AF1235, will be the last airline to leave Berlin-Tegel Airport at 3 pm. An Airbus A320 will be used on the historic route.

Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chief Executive Officer of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH:
“The long and eventful history of flight operations at Tegel is more closely linked to Air France than hardly any other airline. The airline began this era of civil aviation at Tegel in January 1960, was there at the opening of the famous airport on 1 November 1974 with one of the largest aircraft in the world at the time, an Airbus A300-B2, and will take-off on the very last flight from TXL on 8 November. It is hard to imagine a more appropriate farewell from this airport than on an Air France flight. I would like to thank the airline for immediately accepting our offer to be the last flight and I look forward to continuing our cooperation with Air France/KLM at BER’s Terminal 1.”

Stefan Gumuseli, General Manager Germany AIR FRANCE KLM:
“Air France has the honour of being the last airline to say goodbye to Berlin-Tegel Airport with flight AF1235 from Tegel to Paris and in doing so, closes an important chapter in Franco-German aviation friendship. With the connection to Tegel, Air France has contributed to the rapprochement between Germany and France for 60 years. The flights from the new BER Airport mark the opening a new chapter and we are looking forward to continuing the traditional connection from Paris to Berlin.”

Passengers who would like to experience the last Air France flight from Tegel live will receive a 60 euro discount (http://bit.ly/BYETXL) for tickets from Berlin to a European destination of their choice*. Those flying back from Paris to Berlin on the same day can take AF1134 at 8:40 pm arriving at BER Airport at 10:25 pm. Air France has come up with a few surprises for its passengers both before and during the flight from Tegel to Paris.
*Only valid for departures from Berlin-Tegel on 8 November 2020, bookable on the Air France website

Video of Air France’s first landing at Berlin-Tegel: https://twitter.com/i/status/1081192312741478400

Air France at Berlin-Tegel – an overview:

  • 2 January 1960: A civil aircraft from Air France lands at Berlin-Tegel for the first time. In doing so, the French airline opens scheduled operations at the airport, which has so far only been used by the military. The connection using a Lockheed Super Constellation with the identifier F-BAZK flies from Berlin to Paris via Frankfurt.
  • 24 February 1960: The first official scheduled flight takes off between Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin with a Caravelle.
  • From 1961: The Caravelle is used for all flights to Berlin-Tegel: on the two daily routes Paris-Frankfurt-Berlin and Düsseldorf-Berlin and Munich-Berlin.
  • 1976: The supersonic Concorde aircraft lands at Tegel before the commencement of its scheduled operations – 60,000 visitors flock to the airport.
  • 1977: Air France flies Paris-Düsseldorf-Berlin twice a day with a 154-seat Boeing B727-200. This replaces the smaller Caravelle.
  • 1980: Air France celebrates the 30th anniversary of its domestic German route network and the 5,000,000th passenger on routes to and from Berlin.
  • 18 April 1988: Air France’s Airbus A320 celebrates its world debut on the Paris-Berlin route.
  • November 1988: Take-off of the first of 100 weekly flights with the new “EuroBerlin France” airline from Tegel to Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich and Stuttgart. 51 percent is owned by Air France and 49 percent by the German company Lufthansa. Its headquarters are at Berlin-Tegel.
  • From 1 December 2017: The Air France subsidiary Joon connects Berlin-Tegel with Paris-Charles de Gaulle up to six times a day. Air France takes over the route again itself in 2019 following the dissolution of Joon.
  • From October 2000: Air France connects Berlin-Tegel with Paris-Charles de Gaulle up to six times a day until the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 8 November 2020: AF1235 to Paris-Charles de Gaulle is the last flight from Tegel before the airport is permanently closed. In future, Air France will fly to Paris-Charles de Gaulle from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) three times a day. There, passengers have access to Air France’s route network with around 170 destinations around the globe.

Air France to operate 50% of its schedule in November and December

Air France has made this announcement:

Air France is continuing to adapt its flight schedule for the period up to 3 January 2021. In the context of currently applicable travel restrictions, Air France will operate 50% of its flight schedule planned for November and December 2020.

By the end of the year, Air France will serve 170 destinations, i.e. almost all of its regular winter network, with frequencies adapted to the level of demand.

On the domestic network, 43 routes will be operated on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Lyon Saint-Exupéry, most of which will offer day return flights.

In Europe, Air France will serve 67 destinations, i.e. its entire regular network for this time of year.

Capacity deployed on the long-haul network – mainly for essential travel and cargo – will continue to increase, particularly to destinations in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean, with additional frequencies being introduced to Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and to Saint-Denis de La Réunion, on departure from Paris-Orly.

International borders are opening up slowly. This flight schedule is likely to change and remains subject to obtaining the required government authorization.

Flight schedule for the months of November and December 2020 to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (valid until January 3, 2021)

 Metropolitan France Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Clermont Ferrand, Lorient, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Pau, Rennes, Toulouse
 French overseas departments & territories, Caribbean & Indian Ocean Antananarivo, Fort-de-France, Havana, Mahe, Mauritius, Papeete, Point-a- Pitre, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo
 Europe Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Erevan, Faro, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Istanbul, Kiev, Krakow, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Naples, Newcastle, Nuremberg, Oslo, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Prague, Rome, Saint Petersburg, Seville, Sofia,  Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Turin, Valencia, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb, Zurich
 Middle East Beirut, Dubai, Cairo
 Africa Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Algiers, Bamako, Bangui, Brazzaville, Casablanca, Capetown, Conakry, Cotonou, Dakar, Djibouti, Douala, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lomé, Luanda, Malabo, Marrakech, Monrovia, Nairobi, Niamey, N’Djamena, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou, Oran, Pointe-Noire, Rabat, Tunis, Yaoundé
 North America Atlanta, Boston, Cancun, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico, Miami, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington
 South America Bogota, Buenos Aires, Fortaleza, Lima, Panama City, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, San Jose, Sao Paulo
 Asia Bangalore, Bombay (Mumbai), Chennai, Delhi, Ho Chi Min City, Male, Osaka, Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tianjin, Tokyo

 

Flight schedule for the months of November and December 2020 to and from Paris-Orly (valid until January 3, 2021)

 Metropolitan France
and Corsica
Ajaccio, Aurillac, Bastia, Brest, Brive, Calvi, Castres, Figari, Tarbes-Lourdes, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Pau, Perpignan, Toulon, Toulouse
 French overseas   departments & territories Caribbean & Indian Ocean Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-a-Pitre, Saint Denis de la Reunion

Flight schedule for the months of November and December 2020 to and from Lyon-Saint-Exupéry (valid until January 3, 2021)

 Metropolitan France
and Europe
Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Caen, Lille, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Pau, Prague, Rennes, Rome, Strasbourg, Toulouse

The flight schedule operated under a Public Service Delegation contract between Paris and Aurillac, Brive, Castres and Lourdes and between Strasbourg and Amsterdam will be updated at a later date.

A fully flexible sales policy

Air France is adapting its commercial measures to enable travelers to book their next trip in complete confidence.  If customers wish to cancel their trip, their ticket can now be changed at no extra cost and without proof, on the date and to the destination of their choice*. If they prefer, they can request a refundable credit voucher. These measures, which provide optimal flexibility, apply to all trips until 31 March 2021.

If their flight is cancelled by the airline, customers can choose to postpone their trip at no extra cost, change their destination*, request a full ticket refund or receive a credit voucher, which is also refundable if not used.

Before travelling, Air France recommends its customers to check the entry and travel requirements for their destination and transit countries with the relevant authorities or on airfrance.traveldoc.aero, as these may have been modified following the COVID-19 epidemic.

*if the change of date or destination results in a change in price, only the fare difference will be applied.

Air France Protect, Air France’s health commitment

Air France reminds customers that surgical masks must be worn on all its flights. Body temperature checks are carried out on departure of certain Air France flights to international destinations. Daily aircraft cleaning operations have been stepped up and a specific procedure for the disinfection of cabins with an approved virucidal product has been introduced.

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BEA Report: Accident to the Airbus A380-861 registered F-HPJE and operated by Air France on September 30, 2017 en route over Greenland

BEA has issued this incident report:

On Saturday, September 30, 2017, the Airbus A380-861 operated by Air France, was carrying out scheduled flight AF066 from Paris (France) to Los Angeles (USA). It took off at 09:50. At 13:49, while the crew were changing en-route flight level, they heard an explosion and observed asymmetric thrust from the right side of the aeroplane, immediately followed by severe vibrations. The “ENG 4 STALL” and then the “ENG 4 FAIL” messages nearly simultaneously appeared on the ECAM. The crew diverted to Goose Bay airport (Canada) where they landed at 15:42 without any further incident.

A visual examination of the engine found that the fan, first rotating assembly at the front of the engine, along with the air inlet and fan case had separated in flight leading to slight damage to the surrounding structure of the aircraft.

The factors likely to have contributed to the accident include:

  • engine designer’s/manufacturer’s lack of knowledge of the cold dwell fatigue phenomenon in the titanium alloy, Ti-6-4;
  • absence of instructions from the certification bodies about taking into account macro-zones (i.e. colony of similarly oriented alpha grains) and the cold dwell fatigue phenomenon in the critical parts of an engine, when demonstrating conformity;
  • absence of non-destructive means to detect the presence of unusual macro?zones in titanium alloy parts;
  • an increase in the risk of having large macro-zones with increased intensity in large Ti-6-4 forgings due to bigger engines, and in particular, bigger fans.

After the accident, regular inspections of the fleet in service found that there were no cracks detected in the areas considered at risk on the fan hubs of the Engine Alliance engines equipping the A380. The certification bodies and engine manufacturers are currently considering how to better understand the cold dwell fatigue phenomenon and take it into account in the design of future engines.

Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJE (msn 052) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 105408.

Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJE (msn 052) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 105408.

 

Air France attempts to instill confidence in flying

Air France has made this announcement:

In the context of the current health crisis and given the very gradual lifting of travel restrictions worldwide, Air France is introducing exceptional measures to assist and reassure its customers.

A fully flexible sales policy

Air France is adapting its commercial measures to enable its customers to book their next trip in complete confidence.

If customers wish to cancel their trip, their ticket can now be changed at no extra cost and without proof, on the date and to the destination* of their choice. If they prefer, they can request a refundable credit voucher. These measures, which provide optimal flexibility, apply to all trips until March 31, 2021.

If their flight is cancelled by the airline, customers can choose to postpone their trip to the date and destination* of their choice, request a full ticket refund or receive a credit voucher, which is also refundable if not used.

Finally, for all trips until the end of the year, customers who are members of the Flying Blue loyalty program will have their Miles and experience points (XP) doubled.

Since the start of this unprecedented crisis, Air France has significantly strengthened its sales teams dedicated to supporting its customers. Close to 700 agents are currently in charge of handling refund and credit voucher requests. Since January 2020, 2 million requests have been processed and 1.1 billion euros refunded.

*if the change of destination results in a change in price, only the fare difference will be applied.

A new travel insurance cover for epidemic-related risks

In partnership with Allianz Travel, Air France is extending its travel insurance cover to provide its customers with better protection. The company now also provides them with cover** should they fall ill or be required to quarantine due to an epidemic or pandemic disease such as Covid-19.

This insurance thus allows them to deal with unforeseen expenses with cover in specific events, notably during their trip with medical assistance and refund of medical expenses abroad or additional costs incurred from quarantine (accommodation expenses, for example).

This insurance cover, available to customers at the time of purchasing their ticket on the airfrance.com website and in company customer relations centres, is in addition to the existing Cancellation + missed flight, Multi-risk and Assistance products.

**cover available for customers residing in France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK, and shortly in other countries.

Air France Protect, Air France’s health commitment

The health and well-being of Air France customers and staff are at the heart of the company’s concerns. Air France is committed to providing its customers optimum health and hygiene conditions at each stage of their trip. Grouped under the “Air France Protect” label, the measures implemented by the company are regularly adapted to changes in the current health context.

In line with the current regulations, it is compulsory to wear a surgical mask upon arrival at the airport, where a number of measures have been implemented to guarantee a customer travel experience in optimum conditions of health and safety – application of physical distancing measures, counters equipped with Plexiglass protection screens, regularly disinfected self-service kiosks, hand sanitizer available throughout the airport and the reorganization of customer channels at check-in and boarding to limit contact.

The wearing of surgical masks is also compulsory on board the aircraft and throughout the duration of the trip. The air in the cabin is renewed every 3 minutes. The air recycling system on board Air France aircraft is equipped with HEPA – High Efficiency Particulate Air – filters identical to those used in hospital operating theatres. In addition, to limit interaction, the in-flight service has been simplified – the meal and beverage service has been completely adapted and duty-free sales have been temporarily suspended. The newspapers and magazines offer is now fully-digital, accessible in the Air France Play app.

Air France has also reinforced aircraft cleaning procedures, notably with the disinfection of all surfaces in contact with customers such as armrests, tables and screens before each flight. A specific procedure for disinfecting aircraft by spraying an approved virucidal product has also been introduced.

Reopening the skies, flight after flight

Air France is currently operating flights to close to 170 destinations, including over 70 cities in Europe, several international routes worldwide and its entire network in France, including the French Overseas Departments and Corsica. Prior to their trip, Air France invites its customers to check the entry conditions and travel documents required on arrival. To find out more, consult the airfrance.traveldoc.aero website.

Air France continues to invest in electric ramp equipment

Air France made this announcement:

As part of its sustainable development policy, Air France has set itself the aim of halving its CO2 emissions per passenger km by 2030. To achieve this, the airline is doing all it can to reduce its carbon footprint at every stage of its value chain, both on the ground and on board.

For several years, Air France has been committed to using electric ramp equipment, and on 3 September 2020, tested the ramp handling of a Paris-Delhi flight using all-electric engines produced by French start-up CARWATT and TLD, the world leader in the construction of ramp equipment. Some of this equipment is certified by the Solar Impulse Foundation – of which Air France is a partner – for its ecological and economic value. The following equipment was used:

– for the aircraft’s air supply: a Lebrun TLD air conditioner
– for the transfer of baggage from the terminal to the aircraft, a Charlatte tractor
– for baggage loading: a CARWATT conveyor belt
– for cargo loading, a TLD wide-body TLD loader
– Finally, the aircraft was pushed back from its parking stand by a TLD wide-body tug.

Supporting innovation and mobilizing its ecosystem to develop economically and ecologically viable solutions is one of the major priorities of Air France’s sustainable development policy. The airline therefore supports the development of innovative aircraft offering alternatives to the use of fossil fuels. The partnership between Air France and CARWATT, launched in 2017, combines electrification and circular economy, with the transformation of old thermally powered baggage carousels into electric-powered carousels with second-life Li-Ion batteries. TLD, Air France’s supplier and long-time partner, is using the Air France hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle as a testing ground for the development of its engines. Air France and TLD engineers will soon be testing the self-guided aircraft approach in real-life conditions (equivalent to a “park assist” on cars) for the new electric loaders used to load cargo on board aircraft.

By the end of 2020, close to 60% of the fleet of ramp equipment used by Air France at airports where the airline operates its own equipment (Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Air France stations in mainland France) will be electric. This rate will be increased to 90% in 2025, making it possible to save 10,000 tons of CO2 emission every year. By 2030, Air France aims to make its ground operations carbon neutral.

The Paris-Delhi flight on 3 September 2020 was operated by an Air France Airbus A350, a latest-generation aircraft that consumes 25% less fuel than the equivalent aircraft of the previous generation, thanks to the incorporation of lighter materials, composites and titanium. Its noise footprint is also reduced by 40%.

Air France’s sustainable development commitments also cover fleet renewal, eco-piloting, recycling, offsetting CO2 emissions, the use of sustainable aviation fuels and mobilizing research. For more details on the Horizon 2030 plan, click here.

For fifteen consecutive years, the Air France-KLM Group has ranked first in Europe and the world in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the main international index assessing performance in terms of sustainable development, and regained the top spot in the rankings in 2019.

Air France increases its flight operations out of Paris Orly

Air France made this announcement:

With the reopening of Paris-Orly airport at the end of June, Air France is adapting its network and progressively increasing its flight capacity. As from 31st August, more than 20 destinations in Metropolitan France and the Overseas Departments are being served on departure from the South Parisian airport. Air France welcomes its customers at Paris-Orly Halls 1B and 3 depending on their destination.

To date, Air France is operating services from Paris-Orly to the following destinations –

> Metropolitan France:
Ajaccio, Aurillac, Bastia, Biarritz, Brest, Brive, Calvi, Castres, Figari, Montpellier, Pau, Perpignan, Tarbes-Lourdes, Toulon as well as La Navette flights to Marseille, Nice and Toulouse.

> Overseas Departments:
Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre and Saint-Denis de La Réunion.

Flight schedule to/from Paris-Orly as from 31st August 2020 available at www.airfrance.fr

Air France has reopened its lounges in line with the strictest hygiene safety standards and welcomes customers* who wish to enjoy the comfort and services provided in these spaces exclusively dedicated to their well-being.

SkyPriority customers can once again take advantage of the exclusive benefits reserved for them throughout their journey at Paris-Orly airport – priority check-in and boarding, priority baggage delivery, privileged access through security checkpoints, etc.

Air France is monitoring the changing global health situation on a daily basis. In line with its “Air France Protect” label’s health and hygiene commitments, company staff remain committed to guaranteeing customers a safe trip.

All Air France staff are pleased to welcome customers back to Paris-Orly airport since its reopening.

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Air France to increase service to the French Caribbean

Air France has issued this statement:

Air France is increasing its service to the French Caribbean. Starting from December 21, 2020 and for the remainder of the winter season, the company will operate flights between Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) and Fort-de-France (Martinique) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, in addition to its frequencies on departure from Paris-Orly. In total, up to three flights will be operated daily between Paris and each of the two islands.

Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France will thus be connected to the two Air France hubs, giving customers connecting opportunities throughout the company’s short, medium and long-haul network.

Flight schedule as from December 21, 2020.

  • To/from Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe): 21 weekly direct flights:
    • 17 weekly direct flights to Paris-Orly
    • 4 weekly direct flights to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
  • To/from Fort-de-France (Martinique): 19 weekly direct flights:
    • 16 weekly direct flights to Paris-Orly
    • 3 weekly direct flights to Paris-Charles de Gaulle on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays

Flights will be operated by Boeing 777 equipped with Business, Premium Economy and Economy cabins.

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