KLM resumes flights from Malpensa Airport

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On 26 March 2017, KLM will launch a thrice daily service between Milan Malpensa and Schiphol, in addition to the existing service from Milan Linate. In addition, Air France operates five flights a day between Milan Malpensa and Paris Charles de Gaulle. This provides passengers from Milan with connections to more than 260 destinations with a maximum transfer time of four hours in Amsterdam or Paris.

With the resumption of services to Italy’s second most important airport, Malpensa, we are now able to offer our customers a choice of two Milanese airports with direct connections to Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle, the gateways to KLM and Air France’s entire global network – Harm Kreulen, Air France-KLM Senior Vice President Benelux.

In addition to the Milan Malpensa service, KLM already added two new seasonal destinations to its network at the end of last year for 2017, namely Cagliari and Catania.

Source: KLM.

Air France: New look for the Premium Economy comfort kit

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Since January 2017, Air France has been offering its Premium Economy customers a brand new travel kit on board long-haul flights. This new model aims to reflect the image of the Premium Economy cabin, with a relaxed, chic and dynamic design. Available in a choice of two colours, the new comfort kit highlights the accent, symbolizing the Air France brand.

Intended as a gift that customers can take home with them after the trip, the models are renewed every six months.

The Premium Economy comfort kit contains –

  • headphone protectors;
  • ear plugs;
  • toothbrush and toothpaste;
  • pair of socks;
  • eye mask.

Source: Air France.

Air France inaugurates its Boeing 787’s first commercial flight to Cairo

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On 9 January 2017, Air France inaugurated its Boeing 787’s first commercial flight to Cairo. Customers can now travel to Cairo on board this innovative new aircraft up to 6 times a week. Equipped with the latest new travel cabins, the Boeing 787 has 30 seats in Business, 21 in Premium Economy and 225 in Economy.

Flights schedules for the Boeing 787 to Cairo (in local time)

AF570: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 14:30, arrives in Cairo at 20:00;

AF567: leaves Cairo at 1:35, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 5:30.

Flights operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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There is a beautiful smell of jasmine in the gardens of Heliopolis, with rose sellers along the coastal path, where lovers walk hand in hand in the evening. The night is mild, laden with the smell of chichas. Cairo never seems to sleep, and never stop living. Everything is forgiven in Cairo, as something seems to make everything calm. Its Pyramids defy time and the nurturing river Nile flows from the heart of Africa.

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On board the Boeing 787: the best of Air France

This innovative new-generation aircraft offers a unique travel experience:

  • the latest Air France cabins: a cocoon in the sky in the Business cabin (30 seats), and comfort for all in the new Premium Economy cabin (21 seats) and in Economy (225 seats);
  • a Wi-Fi connection on board adapted to the requirements and habits of customers (from 20MB to 200MB for a price ranging between €5 and €30);
  • mood lighting adapted to the different stages of the flight;
  • additional comfort and space with the new Premium Economy seats;
  • windows that are approximately 30% larger than on similar aircraft, equipped with an electronic window darkening system;
  • a lower cabin altitude and enhanced in-flight humidity levels for greater travel comfort.

Source: Air France.

KLM pronounced safest and most punctual airline

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Barely a fortnight into 2017 and KLM has already won two prizes. The German Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) has declared KLM the safest European airline. KLM comes fifth in the JACDEC worldwide rankings.

KLM is also the most punctual airline, FlightStats recently announced. This aviation insights company publishes an annual list of international airlines with the best on-time performance records. FlightStats compares airlines on punctuality, flight schedules and flight times. KLM holds first place for global arrival performance.

“This is a marvellous start to the new year. I see this as a wonderful acknowledgement of all our efforts in safety, punctuality and customer focus. We want to continue to give our customers a safe and pleasant travel experience in 2017 – Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO.”

Source: KLM.

KLM carried more than 30 million passengers in 2016

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KLM has carried 30.4 million passengers last year – a new record. This is an increase of 6.4% compared to 2015. The increase was highest on European routes (7.8%), where we carried more than 20 million passengers for the first time. Load factor rose slightly by 0.8 of a percentage point compared to 2015.

“The fact that customers appreciate our efforts is not only expressed in our improved customer satisfaction rating, but also in the increasing number of passengers we carried, which exceeded 30 million for the first time this year. A great milestone. In 2016, we added a total of 14 new destinations to our network. Thus further expanding our market position – Pieter Elbers – KLM President & CEO.”

During the first week of this year, KLM was named Europe’s safest airline by the German body Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), and ranked 5th worldwide.

Elsewhere, the 2016 Punctuality Report issued by OAG concluded that KLM had the best on-time performance among European airlines, ranking 3rd worldwide.

KLM Cargo

At KLM Cargo traffic was down 9.8% and capacity down 8.3%. We saw a slight improvement in December, which may be a sign that the tide is changing.

Source: KLM.

KLM to recruit new cabin and cockpit crew

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In the first six months of 2017, KLM intends to take on 400 new cabin attendants (incl. 100 for KLM Cityhopper) and 100 new pilots. KLM has managed to achieve a great deal in recent years in terms of cutting costs. Simultaneously, the network has been expanded to include new destinations and older aircraft have been replaced by newer types in a rigorous programme of fleet renewal. As a result, KLM has achieved good results and will continue to implement its chosen strategy. This will now also be expressed in expanding the number of cabin and cockpit crew members.

A targeted recruitment campaign will be launched specifically to recruit cabin crew. Pilots will be approached directly within the group of newly qualified pilots attending the KLM Flight Academy.

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Source: KLM.

Delta Air Lines receives its first U.S.-produced Airbus aircraft

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The first delivery of an A321 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Delta Air Lines took place today, in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Delta Air Lines, a team of Delta employees from the airline’s Minneapolis-St. Paul station, and representatives of the more than 370 employees at the facility.

Bob Lekites, Executive Vice President-Customers, Airbus Americas said, “Airbus is committed to giving our customers the right products for a marketplace that needs modern, efficient and passenger-friendly aircraft.  Delta has recognized our commitment to our customers, and has determined we were the right partner for them. Delta already operates 137 A320 family aircraft and 40 A330 and have another 123 aircraft on order—including A320 family, A330 and A350 aircraft. Just this year, Delta placed its third A321 ceo order in three years. So this is definitely the first of many deliveries Delta will take from Mobile in the next few years.”

“The first Delta A321 produced in Mobile will be our 12th overall for Delta. We look forward to taking many more A321s in the years ahead to safely and comfortably get our customers to their destinations,” said Greg May, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Supply Chain Management and Fleet. “We appreciate our partnership with Airbus and the great manufacturing work produced at the Mobile facility.”

Airbus announced its commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in 2012, and less than one year later, broke ground on the $600 million facility. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant took place in September 2015. The aircraft delivered today is the 15th aircraft delivered from the Mobile facility.

Airbus anticipates delivering four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the end of 2017. The initial deliveries will all be A320 Family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017.

In addition to hundreds of new Airbus jobs the project has brought to the local community, the Mobile area has seen many Airbus suppliers open new facilities in the region, providing even more employment and a parallel boost to the local economy. Airbus is proud to boast that more than 85 percent of its employees are from the Gulf Coast region, with nearly one third being U.S. military veterans.

Source: Airbus.