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

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

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

It has been a good week for France.

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

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

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

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

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

A global joint venture between Europe and China

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

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

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

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Air France opens a new business lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Air France made this announcement:

After having revealed the first part last January and having already welcomed more than 200,000 customers, Air France today presents its entire brand new Business lounge located in Hall L of Terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

With a total surface area of 3,200 sq. m. and a capacity of 540 seats, this completely redesigned lounge offers several new features for optimum comfort:

  •   “Le Balcon”, an exclusive space created by the designer Mathieu Lehanneur;
  •   A chic and elegant cocktail menu created by the Hotel Lancaster in Paris;
  •   The largest wellness area of all the Air France lounges;
  •   A Kids area to entertain children before their trip;
  •   The “Gourmet Table” a catering area where a chef prepares the dish of the day in front of customers;
  •   Several other areas for a tailor-made experience.
    When they arrive in the lounge, guests can easily find their way around thanks to an interactive plan at the entrance. They can browse all the services available, depending on how much time they have.

  • Mathieu Lehanneur creates “Le Balcon”
    • Air France has entrusted French designer Mathieu Lehanneur with the creation of a bar area where time seems to stand still in a 160 sq. m. space suspended between heaven and earth for the company’scustomers. Located at the heart of the new Air France Business lounge, “Le Balcon” is set against the runways in a unique and welcoming architecture, forming a curved structure sheltered under an immense golden mirrored ceiling.

    The space includes a central bar and a succession of outlying theatrical box seats where passengers can relax and enjoy the comfort prior to their flight. Each box is upholstered in blue velvet and embroidered with their respective numbers, and features a large sofa, a pedestal table and the latest connectivity services. Mixing wood, marble, mirrorwork and light, “Le Balcon” is at the same time chic, immersive and digital.

    At the center, the designer has integrated a LED screen into the parquet floor depicting an image of the sky. From daybreak to dusk, this giant window of light imitates the variations of the day in real time. Whatever your departure time, this sky is like an introduction to your journey, before jetting across timezones…

    A cocktail selection created by the Hotel Lancaster in Paris

    At the heart of Le Balcon, every evening from 19:00 to 21:00, Air France offers a selection of cocktails* specially designed by the head bartender of the Hotel Lancaster in Paris.

    Customers will be able to try an exclusive creation:

    • –  “Un air de Paris”, a cocktail specially created for Air France where champagne sparkles like the Eiffel Tower and Cointreau opens the gates of the Tuileries gardens with its notes of orange and cognac, enhanced by a few drops of lemon;
    • –  A “Destination” cocktail of the month, inspired by the flavours of a legendary city on the Air France network. Each month, customers will board for a new destination: Shanghai, Johannesburg, New York or Tokyo.
    • –  A non-alcoholic mocktail, to be consumed without moderation, created around an iconic ingredient from the French regions which is renewed every month.*The consumption of alcohol is dangerous to your health.

    All photos by Air France.

Air France to add the Boeing 787-9 on the New York route

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

Air France will assign the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to the Paris (CDG) – New York (JFK) route during the month of July according to Airline Route, replacing the normal Boeing 777-200ER.

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

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Air France signs agreements with its pilots

Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBB (msn 42495) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 938121.

Air France management and the representative pilot union, SNPL, have signed several agreements:

  • Two agreements to improve Air France’s flight safety management system, which had been proposed several weeks ago;
  • Another one extending the specific agreement on Boeing 787 instructors, which is essential to train pilots on this new type of aircraft;

Since May 1, 2018, Air France has been forced to ground its 6th Boeing 787 following the pilot unions’ refusal to sign the extension of the specific Boeing 787 instructor agreement. It was incomprehensible to link subjects unrelated to the activity of this aircraft with the instructor agreement.

Air France is pleased that the agreement that it had been proposing for several months concerning the Boeing 787 has finally been signed, putting an end to a prejudicial situation for customers and employees. The negative effects resulting from the absence of an agreement and the suspended operation of a Boeing 787 will still be felt in the coming weeks, as the time lost in pilot training cannot be made up for instantly.

This latest-generation aircraft is one of the best tools in Air France’s growth strategy. Ensuring its operation is a priority for the company’s management.

Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBB (msn 42495) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 938121.

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Air France and QANTAS Airways renew partnership to offer customers more travel options between France and Australia

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Air France has made this announcement:

QANTAS Airways and Air France customers will now have more options to travel between Europe and Australia via Asia following a renewed codeshare agreement between the two carriers.(2)

Available for booking from June 5 for travel from July 20, 2018, Air France will add its code to QANTAS flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Air France customers will also be able to access codeshare services from Sydney to five cities on the Australian airline’s domestic network including Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin.

Under the reciprocal deal, QANTAS will add its code to flights operated by Air France between Singapore and Hong Kong and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as a continuation of flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

The new agreement will see the two airlines codeshare on a total of more than 200(1) flights per week.

Customers will benefit from more seamless travel experiences with single ticket itineraries and through-checked baggage as well as the opportunity to earn points on the new codeshare services.

Air France eligible customers(3) will also be able to access Qantas lounges in Hong Kong, Singaporeand Australia, as well as Qantas eligible customers to Air France lounges in Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial Sales and Alliances at Air France-KLM, said: “We are very pleased to be re-establishing a partnership with Qantas. Thanks to this agreement, the Air France-KLM group will be able to offer one of the best possible travel solutions for its customers from Europe to Australia. It will also deliver a better travel experience for our Business customers, with connections in Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world. This new cooperation confirms our group’s desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Alison Webster, CEO of QANTAS International, added: “This is great news for our customers who want to travel to Europe via Asia, giving them another option to get to Paris and more opportunities to earn Frequent Flyer Points. The return of this popular codeshare delivers on our strategy of partnering to provide customers with access to an expanded network and more seamless travel experiences wherever they want to fly.”  

Flight schedules (in local time) operated by Air France in July-October 2018:

AF256: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 20:50, arrives in Singapore at 15:45 the following day;
AF257: leaves Singapore at 22:35, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 6:00 the following day.
A daily flight

AF188: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 23:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:35 the following day;
AF185: leaves Hong Kong at 22:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 5:55 the following day.
A daily flight

Daily flight schedules (in local time) operated by Qantas in July-October 2018:

QF002: leaves Singapore at 19:30, arrives in Sydney at 5:10 the following day;
QF082: leaves Singapore at 21:10, arrives in Sydney at 7:00 the following day;
QF036: leaves Singapore at 20:15, arrives in Melbourne at 5:35 the following day;
QF052: leaves Singapore at 20:40, arrives in Brisbane at 6:05 the following day;
QF072: leaves Singapore at 18:40, arrives in Perth at 23:55.

QF081: leaves Sydney at 10:15, arrives in Singapore at 16:50;
QF035: leaves Melbourne at 11:55, arrives in Singapore at 17:55;
QF051: leaves Brisbane at 12:00, arrives in Singapore at 18:15;
QF071: leaves Perth at 11:50, arrives in Singapore at 17:20.

QF128: leaves Hong Kong at 20:00, arrives in Sydney at 6:55 the following day;
QF118: leaves Hong Kong at 23:25, arrives in Sydney at 10:50 the following day;
QF030: leaves Hong Kong at 20:10, arrives in Melbourne at 7:35 the following day;
QF098: leaves Hong Kong at 20:15, arrives in Brisbane at 7:05 the following day.

QF127: leaves Sydney at 10:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00;
QF029: leaves Melbourne at 9:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:20;
QF097: leaves Brisbane at 10:45, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00.

Note:

(1)   Subject to seasonal variation

(2)   Subject to government and regulatory approvals

(3)   Business Class customers, Qantas Frequent Flyer loyalty programme Platinum One, Platinum and Gold Traveling members as well as Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue loyalty program Club 2000, Platinum and Gold members

 

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Australia (QANTAS Airways) Boeing 737-838 WL VH-XZP (msn 44577) “James Strong” SYD (John Adlard). Image: 940843.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939729.

Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939729.

Reuters: Air France-KLM CEO quits after staff reject his pay deal

Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRXC (msn 1677) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941674.

From Reuters:

Air France-KLM CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac said on Friday he would resign after staff rejected a pay deal, plunging the airline into turmoil amid a wave of strikes at its French brand that has cost the company 300 million euros ($359 million).

In the job for less than two years, Janaillac had been battling to cut costs at the French national carrier to keep up with competition from Gulf carriers and low-cost airlines. But he ran into the same union resistance as his predecessor, raising questions over the airline’s capacity to reform.

Janaillac said he would resign in the days ahead after more than half of the staff at Air France who cast a ballot voted against the offer of a 7 percent increase over four years.

“This is an enormous mess that will only put a smile on the faces of our competitors,” Janaillac told a news conference.

He said he hoped his departure would spark “a more acute collective awareness” before leaving without taking questions.

Unions said they would stick with plans to strike on May 7 and May 8.

Air France previously issued this statement on April 26 about the pending strikes:

Three pilot unions last night announced another 4 days of strike action in early May (on May 3-4, then May 7-8), deliberately ignoring the staff consultation launched today and following the extreme positions of some of these unions’ leaders.

By making this decision to launch additional strikes, bringing the total number of days of strike action to 15, they are choosing to put the company’s economic situation even more at risk and further increase the risk of deeply damaging our customers’ trust and loyalty.

 

I would once again like to apologize to all our customers affected by these strikes which are all the more incomprehensible as the staff consultation on the proposed pay agreement has been open since this morning. I have complete faith in the desire of Air France staff to put an end to this destructive situation for our airline” said Air France Chairman Jean-Marc Janaillac.

Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRXC (msn 1677) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941674.

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Air France to go to summer-only Joon service to Iran

From Reuters:

Air France is cutting its Joon subsidiary’s service between Paris and Tehran to the summer season only, blaming a poor economic performance over two years in operation.

“Air France has decided to adapt its program to better match demand,” a spokeswoman said by email, adding that the decision would take effect from October 28.

Joon operates the Airbus A340-300 on this route.

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