For the 2016 summer season (from 27 March 2016 to 29 October 2016), the Group's total capacity will increase (+1.5%) compared with the previous summer season*. This growth is mainly driven by Transavia's low-cost flights operated on departure from France, the Netherlands and Munich (+14.8%). As for long-haul (+0.1%) and medium-haul activity (+0.7%), while moderating its growth, the Group is redeploying capacity to more buoyant sectors.
“This season, we are developing our global network to win over new markets, particularly in Europe where we are demonstrating the Group's agility and ability to capture numerous growth drivers. Air France-KLM is offering its customers over 50 new routes worldwide with our four companies. This dynamic management of our flight offering is supported by a modern fleet, equipped with ever more comfortable travel cabins, reflecting the highest industry standards" stated Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of the Air France-KLM Group.
Seizing growth opportunities worldwide
This summer, on its long-haul network, Air France-KLM is increasing services to the United States, with a new flight to Salt Lake City operated by KLM from Amsterdam-Schiphol and a new frequency between New York-JFK and Paris-Orly operated by Air France. In the Middle East, Air France is resuming service to Tehran (Iran) on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. KLM is also launching a new service between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Astana (Kazakhstan).
On its medium-haul network, the Group is launching 13 new routes, demonstrating the agility of its European network - Dresden (Germany), Genoa (Italy), Inverness (Scotland), Southampton (England), Alicante, Ibiza and Valencia (Spain) served by KLM on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol and Krakow (Poland), Glasgow (Scotland), Biarritz, Ajaccio and Calvi (France) operated by Air France on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Air France is also launching a new daily flight to Amsterdam from Rennes.
Transavia also continues to grow, with 36 new destinations including 18 on departure from Munich1, 13 from France2 (Paris, Lyon and Nantes) and 5 from the Netherlands3 (Amsterdam and Eindhoven).
Aiming to meet the highest global standards
The Group also continues to roll out the best of its products and services throughout its global network.
At the end of the summer season, on its long-haul network, Air France will operate 32 Boeing 777s equipped with the new travel cabins. At the same time, after renovating all its Boeing 747-400 and Boeing 777-200s, KLM continues to upgrade its Boeing 777-300s with a new World Business Class. At the end of the summer season, 75% of KLM’s long-haul fleet will be equipped with its brand new full-flat Business seat.
Moreover, during the summer season, KLM continues to roll out its Boeing B787 Dreamliner throughout its network, partially or fully operating 14 routes on all continents -
- Middle East: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat,
- Africa: Cairo, Cape Town,
- North America: San Francisco, Toronto,
- South America: Rio de Janeiro,
- Asia: Chengdu, Delhi, Hangzhou, Osaka, Shanghai and Xiamen.
On its medium-haul network, Air France will also continue to introduce a new leather seat already available on board 24 Airbus A319s and progressively on board 25 Airbus A320s during the first half of 2016.
Last but not least, Transavia will take delivery of 12 new Boeing 737-800s this season, for a total of 69 aircraft at the end of the summer season.
This summer, the Group is strengthening its presence in the United States with a new service to Salt Lake City, one of Delta Air Lines’ main hubs, operated by KLM on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol as from 5 May 2016 (3 weekly flights). Moreover, Air France will operate a daily frequency to new York-JFK on departure from Paris-Orly starting on 6 June 2016, providing a departure from Paris’ second busiest airport and easy connections with the domestic network.
On the West Coast, the Group is increasing capacity to Los Angeles and San Francisco with Air France operating larger capacity aircraft to these two destinations on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. On departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, KLM will offer additional frequencies by Boeing 787 to San Francisco, providing 9 weekly flights, as well as additional frequencies to Los Angeles during the peak summer period (up to 14 weekly frequencies).
These new services are part of the transatlantic joint-venture with Delta Air Lines.
Facing lower demand on the gas and oil market, KLM is suspending its summer service to Dallas as from May 2016.
Finally, the Group is strengthening its partnership with the Canadian airline WestJet thanks to new code-share agreements in the region with the subsidiary WestJet Encore.
Central and South America and the Caribbean:
In Central America, Air France is the world’s first airline to serve Mexico City by Airbus A380 since January 2016. The super jumbo will operate daily flights to this destination starting from 27 March 2016 and throughout the entire summer season.
The Group is also increasing capacity to Panama, offering up to 13 weekly frequencies from its two European hubs as well as a solid partnership with Copa Airlines beyond its “Hub of the Americas”. Throughout the summer season, Air France is also increasing capacity to Caracas on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, operated by Airbus A340 (replacing the Airbus A330).
In Brazil, the Group is improving its connecting network through its partnership with GOL offering easier access to the Brazilian domestic market. Moreover, in line with market demand, Air France is reducing capacity to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
In the Caribbean, the Group is offering additional frequencies to Havana (Cuba), with up to 10 weekly flights for Air France and 5 weekly flights operated by larger-capacity aircraft for KLM. Air France is also operating a larger capacity aircraft to Cayenne (Guiana). In addition, KLM is increasing capacity to Curacao beyond the peak summer season.
As from 17 April 2016, to support the progressive resumption of trade with Iran, Air France will resume service to Tehran, operating 3 weekly frequencies on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
The Group also continues to develop with new flights to Kazakhstan. As from 3 May 2016, KLM will begin operating a new service between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Astana. Four weekly flights, including two as a continuation of the Almaty service, will connect the two cities. Starting on 11 March 2016, the Group’s customers will also be able to reach Astana on one of three weekly flights operated by Air Astana on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle thanks to a new code-share agreement.
KLM is reorganizing its flight schedule in the region by offering circular services between Abu Dhabi and Muscat (daily flight) and between Doha and Bahrain (5 weekly flights) on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol. The Group also continues to cooperate with Etihad in order to offer even more connecting opportunities in the region.
In South-East Asia, the Group is reducing its exposure to the market. In continuation of the winter season, Air France is suspending service to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The leg operated to Jakarta (Indonesia) as a continuation of the Singapore service is suspended as from end-March 2016. This adjustment allows the Group to offer new flight times and improved connections to or from this destination. KLM is operating a second flight to Kuala Lumpur 3 times weekly beginning during the peak summer period on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol. Air France is reducing its frequencies to Bangkok (Thailand) with 3 weekly flights.
Air France-KLM is increasing capacity to China, notably to Shanghai, with KLM operating 13 weekly frequencies on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol and larger Air France aircraft on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
In Japan, as a result of the impact of the terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015, Air France is reducing its frequencies from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Osaka (up to 6 weekly flights) and Tokyo-Haneda (up to 10 weekly flights). KLM is reducing frequencies to Tokyo-Narita from 11 to 8 weekly flights during the peak summer season. Fukuoka is no longer served from Amsterdam-Schiphol in continuation of the winter season.
In India, Air France is reducing its frequencies to Delhi (5 weekly flights) and Bangalore (5 weekly flights). Moreover, Air France-KLM is strengthening its partnership with the Indian airline Jet Airways. As from 27 March 2016, the Group’s customers will benefit from easier connections on the company’s Indian domestic network. KLM’s hub at Amsterdam-Schiphol will also become the carrier’s main European gateway.
Africa and Indian Ocean:
In Africa, Air France-KLM is increasing its frequencies to Luanda (Angola) with 6 weekly flights from its two European hubs. Moreover, Air France is operating a 5th direct flight to Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). The Company is also operating a second flight to Bangui (Central African Republic), as a continuation of Yaoundé (Cameroon). In South Africa, KLM is increasing capacity, operating up to 7 weekly flights to Cape Town this summer.
In West Africa, the flight schedule has been adjusted to ensure the best commercial positioning in this region while guaranteeing the highest standards of security. Air France is operating larger capacity aircraft to Dakar (Senegal), Lagos (Nigeria) and Cotonou (Benin). The Company is also operating additional flights to Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) as a continuation of the Bamako (Mali) or Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) service in order to meet the high demand over the peak summer period.
In continuation of the winter season, in order to adjust its network to market developments in East Africa, KLM is optimizing its network in the region – the number of circular flights serving Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Kigali (Rwanda) and Entebbe (Uganda) is increasing, allowing KLM to continue to offer significant capacity to the region, while reducing its exposure with fewer direct flights. The vast partnership with Kenya Airways beyond Nairobi also allows KLM to serve even more destinations in the region.
In the Indian Ocean, Air France is increasing capacity in April and May 2016 to Madagascar and offers a few additional frequencies during the peak summer period to Mauritius.
Medium-haul + 0.7%
This summer, on its medium-haul network, Air France-KLM is launching 13 new routes, allowing it to capture multiple European growth drivers.
On departure from the Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris-Charles de Gaulle hubs
On departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, KLM is inaugurating 7 new destinations - Dresden (Germany), Genoa (Italy), Inverness (Scotland), Southampton (England), Alicante, Ibiza and Valencia (Spain). Service to Cologne (Germany) is suspended in continuation of the winter season.
On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France is launching 5 new destinations – Krakow (Poland), Glasgow (Scotland), Biarritz, Ajaccio and Calvi (France). Service to the two airports in Corsica complements that of Figari and Bastia, offered in continuation of the 2015 summer season. The Company is thus increasing capacity by 96% to Corsica, i.e. more than 43,000 seats, compared with summer 2015. In continuation of the winter season, service to Verona (Italy), Vigo (Spain) and Stavanger (Norway) remains suspended.
On departure from Paris-Orly and the French regions
On departure from Paris-Orly, HOP! Air France is suspending service to Strasbourg.
On departure from the French regions, as from 27 March 2016, Air France is launching a new daily service to Amsterdam on departure from Rennes. Moreover, HOP! Air France continues to serve Luxembourg on departure from Lyon in continuation of the winter season. On routes between the other French cities and Corsica, HOP! Air France is also increasing capacity by 45% compared with summer 2015, with no less than 32 routes and close to 80,000 seats offered in summer 2016.
This summer, Transavia is offering 36 new destinations including -
- 18 on departure from Munich1;
- 13 on departure from France2 (Paris, Lyon and Nantes);
- 5 on departure from the Netherlands3 (Amsterdam and Eindhoven).
In total, Air France-KLM’s low-cost airline will serve 95 destinations in 26 countries. 12 new Boeing 737-800s will join the fleet, making up a total of 69 aircraft at the end of the summer season.
Transavia continues to grow, in continuation of the winter season. In March 2016, the company is opening a new base in Munich, offering its customers 18 destinations on departure from Germany to Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Morocco, the Netherlands and Portugal. With 4 Boeing 737-800s based in Munich, Transavia will be able to operate over 101 weekly flights on departure from the Bavarian capital throughout the 2016 summer season.
1On departure from Munich: Alicante, Bari, Brussels, Catania, Copenhagen, Dubrovnik, Eindhoven, Faro, Lisbon, Marrakech, Naples, Palermo, Palma, Pisa, Oporto, Seville, Valencia, Venice.
2On departure from Paris-Orly: Corfu, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, London-Luton, Split, Verona, Vienna.
On departure from Lyon: Agadir, Faro, Lisbon, Rhodes, Valencia.
On departure from Nantes: Faro.
3On departure from Amsterdam: Bergerac, Dubrovnik, Mahon (Menorca).
On departure from Eindhoven: Munich, Prague.