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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.

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Transavia offers new summer destinations in 2019

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HZV (msn 30650) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943510.

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands has made this announcement:

The summer holiday season is now behind us. A good way to prevent the post-holiday blues is to look ahead and plan your next holiday. Discover new destinations, shift your focus to something fantastic to look forward to.

Next summer, Transavia will be offering more than 70 destinations, including no fewer than six new summer destinations. The destinations of Brindisi, Tangiers, Zadar and Nador have been added from Rotterdam The Hague Airport, while the cities of Beirut (from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol) and Krakow (from Eindhoven Airport) are two other new additions. Transavia’s summer schedule starts on April 1, 2019 nand runs until October 31, 2019. Tickets are available from September 18, 2018.

“We’re focusing intently on growth through optimisation of our current network,” says Erik-Jan Gelink, Head of Commercial at Transavia. Like last year, we’re once again adding two new aircraft to our fleet, which leads to an increase of our capacity of 300,000 passengers. Our focus is on popular Southern European destinations. But we’re also expanding our market share in Morocco by adding extra flights to Marrakech, Al Hoceima, Tangiers and Nador.”

Croatia is hot

More Dutch travellers are making their way to versatile Croatia. In addition to Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka and Split, Transavia will also be flying to Zadar next year. Zadar is one of the most beautiful cities in Croatia, but quite a bit less crowded than Dubrovnik and Split. The city itself is one big open-air museum. You can also enjoy the beach only minutes from the city centre. The addition of Zadar to the list of Transavia destinations makes it even easier to combine a city trip with a beach holiday.

Beirut, Nador or Krakow

Flights to Beirut, Nador and Krakow, operated for the first time this winter, will also be offered during the summer season starting next year. Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, is a city with a rich history. The city centre offers narrow, picturesque streets lined with shops, restaurants and night clubs, while the entire coastline of Beirut is one big row of beach clubs in the summer.

Nador is a traditional port city in Morocco untouched by mass tourism. Here you will find small local hotels and restaurants where you can sample exciting Moroccan cuisine and its rich flavours and aromas.

Krakow, Poland, is a fantastic destination for a city trip for those who love the combination of culture and history, from Wawel Castle to the former concentration camp at Auschwitz.

Brindisi and Tangiers

The port city of Brindisi is located in the Puglia region in the boot heel of Italy. For those who love genuine and sophisticated Italian cuisine, quality Italian wines and Greek and Roman history in combination with sun and sand, the Puglia region is a fantastic starting point.

Tangiers in Northern Morocco is one of the oldest cities in Morocco and also known as the White City. It is a multicultural city with Islamic, Christian and Jewish communities. Writers, artists and musicians have been attracted to this vibrant and colourful city for many years.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Transavia): Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HZV (msn 30650) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943510.

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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 and the Dutch Airline Pilots Association (VNV) reach an agreement in principle

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HZW (msn 29345) AMS (Tony Storck). Image: 938266.

The negotiating representatives of Transavia and the VNV (Dutch Airline Pilots Association) have reached an agreement in principle for the pilots’ CLA.

Mattijs ten Brink: ‘Both parties have taken up their responsibilities to reach a balanced agreement, one that meets the pilots’ wishes and that enables the long-term health of our company.’

Besides schedules, the negotiations involved the Loss of Licence scheme and the wage section. We have reached agreement on all these themes.

‘Through the agreement, space has been created to work on the future, fitting the changes Transavia is going through. A future which safeguards the interests of the pilots, all other colleagues, passengers and partners of Transavia’, states Ten Brink.

Copyright Photo: Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HZW (msn 29345) AMS (Tony Storck). Image: 938266.

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Transavia’s Peter Pan aircraft in support of the Peter Pan Holiday Club

Transava's 2017 "Peter Pan Vacation Club"

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) (Amsterdam) on November 11, 2017 unveil the first Peter Pan aircraft. The unveiling ceremony took place in hangar 5 at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) (Amsterdam) on November 11, 2017 unveil the first Peter Pan aircraft. The unveiling ceremony took place in hangar 5 at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The new logo jet is part of the Peter Pan Holiday Club. The Peter Pan Holiday Club was set up in 1996 by Transavia staff. It organixes holidays for young people who are unable to go on holiday independently because of an impairment, disability or chronic illness.

The special scheme is in celebration of Transavia’s 50th anniversary and was specially designed by Studio Dumbar, which also designed the airline’s livery.

Transavia, a member of the AIR FRANCE KLM Group, operates scheduled and charter flights to more than 110 destinations, primarily in Europe and Northern Africa. Transavia has nearly 50 years of experience and is the most affordable and accessible low-cost airline in Europe, with a strong focus on hospitality, service and digital services. Transavia offers an attractive basic price for both leisure and business travellers with additional (paid) products and services. Transavia carries 10 million passengers a year and operates with a young and environmentally friendly fleet. In the Netherlands, we fly from Amsterdam, Rotterdam/The Hague, Eindhoven and Groningen and, in France, from Paris, Nantes, Lyon and Strasbourg.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Transavia): Transavia Airlines (Netherlands) Boeing 737-8K2 WL PH-HSI (msn 42148) (Peter Pan) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 940515.

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KLM cancels 96 return flights today due to a westerly storm

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

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines issued this statement today:

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

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

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