From 27 March 2016, the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will become the main European hub of the Indian airline Jet Airways for its clients travelling through Europe or to North America, departing from India and beyond. As a result, KLM and Air France-KLM are thus strengthening their position between India and the transatlantic area.
In total, with the combined network of Jet Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and its partner Delta Air Lines within the framework of the transatlantic joint venture, this agreement will provide customers of the three airlines with optimised connecting flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol to:
- 8 Indian destinations as well as Kathmandu (Nepal) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) on flights operated by Jet Airways and KLM;
- 30 European destinations on flights operated by KLM;
- 11 North American destinations on flights operated by Delta Air Lines and KLM departing from Amsterdam.
Furthermore, KLM and Delta Air Lines customers will also enjoy improved connections on Jet Airways' domestic Indian network.
This agreement builds on the partnerships that have existed between Air France and Jet Airways since June 2013.The codeshare agreement enables Air France to market flights under AF flight numbers to key Indian cities on departure from Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. Likewise, KLM places its marketing code (KL) on Jet Airways' domestic flights to four major cities in India from Delhi.
‘This agreement is an important step in our strategy aiming to strengthen our partnerships in the East, as defined in Perform 2020. With this new agreement, we are taking advantage of a natural growth market. These new opportunities for our customers will strengthen our position in India, a key market for Air France-KLM, and will serve our ambition, to offer the best travel offering within Europe, from Europe, and to Europe', announced Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of the Air France-KLM Group.
Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: two powerful hubs
The Air France-KLM Group network is organised around its two European hubs, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. These hubs are linked every day by 12 flights. The Air France-KLM network is thus constantly connected to offer customers 316 destinations in 103 countries throughout the world. Offering smooth and optimised connections is essential for Air France-KLM, since nearly half of its customers take connecting flights.
Air France-KLM in India
This winter, the Air France-KLM Group is offering 27 flights each week to Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore, of which 7 are codeshare flights in cooperation with Jet Airways.
About Air France-KLM
A global giant with a strong European base, the Air France-KLM Group's main areas of business are passenger transport, cargo transport and aircraft maintenance.
Air France-KLM is the leading Group in terms of international traffic on departure from Europe. In 2015, it offers its customers access to a network covering 316 destinations in 115 countries thanks to its four brands Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Transavia and HOP! Air France. With a fleet of 546 aircraft in operation and 87.4 million passengers carried in 2014, Air France-KLM operates up to 2,200 daily flights from its hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme is one of the leaders in Europe with over 25 million members.
Air France-KLM and its partners Delta Air Lines and Alitalia operate the biggest trans-Atlantic joint-venture with over 250 daily flights.
Air France-KLM is also a member of the SkyTeam alliance which has 20 member airlines, offering customers access to a global network of over 16,320 daily flights to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.
Air France-KLM Delta Alitalia transatlantic joint-venture
With over 250 daily Transatlantic flights and a fleet of 129 aircraft, the joint venture between Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines provides customers with the benefits of a vast route network offering more frequencies, competitive fares and harmonized services across the Atlantic.
The JV network is structured around seven main hubs: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris-CDG and Rome-FCO, together with Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and Seattle.
The JV offers customers access to nearly 300 destinations beyond the 25 North American gateways and nearly 250 destinations beyond the 28 European gateways throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America.
The JV represents nearly 25% of total Transatlantic capacity.