For the 2016-2017 winter season (from 30 October 2016 to 25 March 2017), Group capacity will increase (+3.7%) compared with the previous winter season*. Growth is mainly driven by long-haul passenger operations (+2%), short and medium-haul passenger operations (+3.3%) and Transavia’s low-cost activity (+28.6%)
“This winter, we have decided to leverage our assets by redeploying our capacity to growth markets in order to improve our economic performance. Capacity is increased on the entire long, medium and short-haul network. The Group will launch over 50 new routes, mainly with Transavia, and will pursue the move upmarket of its products and services”, stated Jean-Marc Janaillac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM.
52 new routes compared with the previous winter season
On its long-haul network, Air France-KLM is launching 9 new routes** and expanding its network on all continents. In the USA, in continuation of the 2016 summer season, Air France continues to serve New York-JFK on departure from Paris-Orly and KLM is relaunching the Amsterdam-Schiphol – Miami service. In the Middle East, Air France continues to serve Tehran (Iran) on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and KLM will begin operating this route from Amsterdam-Schiphol. In continuation of the 2016 summer season, KLM serves the Amsterdam-Schiphol – Astana (Kazakhstan) route. In Africa, Air France will begin operating flights to Accra (Ghana) and KLM will inaugurate Windhoek (Namibia) on departure from their respective hubs. In South America, Air France is connecting for the first time Paris-Charles de Gaulle to San José (Costa Rica). Finally, in Asia, KLM plans to operate direct flights between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Colombo (Sri Lanka).
This winter, on its short and medium-haul network, Air France-KLM offers 12 new routes in response to strong demand on the European market – Biarritz (France), Glasgow (Scotland) and Oran (Algeria) on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle as well as Luxembourg on departure from Lyon operated by Air France. Dresden (Germany), Dublin (Ireland), Inverness (Scotland), Genoa (Italy), Southampton (UK), Valence and Alicante (Spain) complete the new routes operated by KLM on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol. HOP! Air France will launch the new Navette to Montpellier. This is in addition to the four existing routes between Paris-Orly and Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice. In continuation of the 2016 summer season, Air France also serves the Rennes-Amsterdam-Schiphol route.
Finally, Transavia is experiencing significant growth with 31 new routes**, including 17 on departure from Munich1 9 on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol2 and 5 on departure from France (Paris-Orly and Lyon).
Rank among the leading global air transport groups
The Group continues to upgrade its fleet and improve its products and services -
At the end of the 2016-2017 winter season, Air France-KLM will have in total 10 Boeing 787s in its fleet-
- 8 aircraft operated by KLM serving 15 destinations, partially or fully operating routes to: Abu Dhabi, Dubai (Emirates), Muscat (Oman), San Francisco, New York (USA), Calgary (Canada), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xiamen (China), Osaka (Japan), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Cairo (Egypt) up to 8 January 2016;
- An initial aircraft operated by Air France serving Cairo (Egypt) as from 9 January 2017.
By the end of the winter season, all KLM's Boeing 777-300, or 13 aircraft, will be equipped with the latest World Business Class cabins. In total, 85% of KLM's long-haul Business seats will be equipped with the latest World Business Class cabin.
Between now and June 2017, 44 Boeing 777 equipped with the latest travel cabins will be rolled out on its long-haul network; 19 Boeing 777-300 and 25 Boeing 777-200, i.e., all the aircraft in the Boeing 777-200 fleet.
These aircraft will fly to 33 destinations -
- 30 destinations, in continuation of the summer season - Toronto and Vancouver (Canada), Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York-JFK and Washington (USA), Mexico City (Mexico), Panama City (Panama), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Montevideo (Uruguay), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Douala (Cameroon), Bangui (Central African Republic), Yaoundé (Cameroon), Libreville (Gabon), Luanda (Angola), Johannesburg (South Africa), Beirut (Lebanon), Dubai (Emirates), Bangalore and Bombay (India), Singapore (Singapore Republic), Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai (China), Tokyo-Haneda/Narita and Osaka (Japan).
- 3 new destinations – Seoul (South Korea) as from 31 October 2016 along with Montreal (Canada) and Cayenne (French Guiana) as from 6 February 2017.
New connecting banks at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub
This winter, at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, Air France-KLM is adjusting its departure and arrival connecting times. This new organization aims to create new connecting opportunities for passengers and improve the Group’s economic and operational performance. In this way, long-haul/medium-haul and medium-haul/short-haul connections will improve through -
- A more even distribution of flights over the day;
- Enhanced punctuality;
- A more successful customer and baggage connection rate.
Long-haul: + 2%
- North America:
The Group is increasing capacity to the United States with the launch of two new routes**.
On 30 October 2016, KLM will relaunch its service from Amsterdam-Schiphol to Miami, the 4th-largest urban area in the U.S. The route will be operated 3 times weekly, complementing a daily flight operated by Air France Airbus A380 on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
The daily Paris-Orly – New York-JFK service, inaugurated by Air France this summer, will be extended this winter. This offer complements the services operated on departure from the Group’s main hubs. In total, Air France-KLM, together with Alitalia e Delta Airlines, partners in the vast transatlantic joint venture, will offer 70 services on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol to New York-JFK.
Moreover, this winter, Delta Air Lines, a partner of Air France-KLM, will extend its service to Amsterdam-Schiphol from Salt Lake City with 5 weekly flights, initially operated during the summer season only.
- Central and South America and the Caribbean:
In Central America, on 2 November, Air France will inaugurate the new seasonal service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and San José with 2 weekly frequencies. Costa Rica, renowned for its eco-tourism, is the 6th largest market in Central America.
In Cuba, Air France-KLM is supporting strong market growth with an offer of 21 weekly flights to Havana, representing an increased capacity of 6 additional flights both on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (14 weekly frequencies operated by Air France) and Amsterdam-Schiphol (7 weekly frequencies operated by KLM).
In the Caribbean, capacity is increasing with additional frequencies serving the French (Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre) and Dutch West Indies (Aruba, Bonaire and Paramaribo). Moreover, KLM will offer 3 direct weekly flights connecting Amsterdam-Schiphol to St. Martin, improving capacity to this destination.
Against the continuing gloomy backdrop in Brazil, Group capacity to Rio de Janeiro will be revised downwards, reducing Air France’s offer to a daily service on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The Company has also suspended service to Brasilia. On this key market, KLM continues to serve Rio de Janeiro by Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Finally, thanks to its strategic partnership with GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, the Air France-KLM group is expanding its network with another 32 destinations in Brazil.
- Middle East:
Taking advantage of the booming Iranian market, the Group will offer 7 weekly flights to Tehran starting on 30 October; a new route on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol will be operated 4 times weekly by KLM in complement to the 3 weekly flights launched this summer by Air France on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
The Group is adapting its capacity in Egypt with the suspension of the Amsterdam-Schiphol – Cairo service as from January 2017, while maintaining a strong presence on this key market with the arrival of the first Air France Boeing 787
On 31 October 2016, KLM will inaugurate service to Colombo (Sri Lanka) on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, operated twice weekly by Boeing 787. This new service will accompany the country’s sustained growth, notably driven by the tourism sector.
In South East Asia, KLM is strengthening its partnership with Malaysia Airlines, by offering 15 destinations on departure from Kuala Lumpur including Australia. In continuation of the summer season, the Group will offer 10 weekly flights between Amsterdam-Schiphol and Kuala Lumpur. On the other hand, the Singapore – Jakarta service as a continuation of the flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle is suspended. Thanks to the strong partnerships with Singapore Airlines and Silk Air, Air France-KLM customers will have access to a wide network in Indonesia.
The Group is continuing to expand services to Kazakhstan in continuation of the summer season. Astana is served by KLM with 4 weekly flights from Amsterdam Schiphol via Almaty.
Air France-KLM is also extending its presence in India by improving its code-share agreement with Jet Airways, signed in March. Subject to obtaining governmental authorizations, this new agreement will offer, from the start of the winter season, new travel options for passengers travelling to India, on departure from the U.S. via the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub and will complete the existing offer via Amsterdam-Schiphol hub.
- Africa and Indian Ocean:
As from 30 October, KLM will be offering 3 weekly flights from Amsterdam-Schiphol to Windhoek (Namibia), as a continuation of the flight to Luanda (Angola). A popular destination for safaris and its wilderness, the city is a new destination for the Group on the African continent.
In Ghana, Air France will inaugurate a new service to Accra on 28 February 2017, with three weekly flights departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. This new offer complements the services offered by KLM on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, thus increasing the Group’s offer to 10 weekly flights. This new service will offer connecting customers optimized connecting opportunities to/from North America and Europe.
Short and medium-haul: + 3.3%
By increasing capacity, the Group is once again demonstrating its agility on the European network and is adding 12 new routes** this winter.
On departure from the hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol
On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, in continuation of the summer season, Air France will continue services to Biarritz (France), Glasgow (Scotland) and Oran (Algeria).
On departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, KLM will inaugurate a twice-daily service to Dublin and, in continuation of the summer season, will continue to serve Dresden (Germany), Inverness (Scotland), Genoa (Italy), Southampton (UK), Valence and Alicante (Spain).
On departure from Paris-Orly and the French regions
On the HOP! Air France network, capacity is stable after several seasons marked by restructuring.
With an increased number of frequencies this winter, Montpellier is the 5th Navette service route, in addition to the four existing routes from Paris-Orly to Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice.
There will be 10 daily flights to Montpellier, confirming the frequency, flexibility and accessibility of the Navette service.
On departure from the French regions, the Rennes – Amsterdam-Schiphol route will be operated by Air France, in continuation of the summer season. Flights to Luxembourg on departure from Lyon will also continue.
Transavia: + 28.8%
This winter, Transavia offers 31 new routes** including -
- 17 on departure from Munich1,
- 9 on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol2,
- 5 on departure from France3 (Paris-Orly and Lyon).
Air France-KLM’s low-cost activity will serve in total 76 destinations in 25 countries. 7 new Boeing 737-800 will join the fleet, bringing Transavia’s fleet to a total of 50 aircraft by the beginning of the 2017 summer season.
As a result, Transavia, the Group’s fastest-growing activity, continues to develop its activity on departure from France, the Netherlands and Germany, notably from its base in Munich, launched in March. On departure from Paris-Orly and to Portugal (Lisbon and Porto), Transavia is adapting to strong demand by increasing capacity for this winter. On the Paris-Orly – Tel Aviv route, the Group’s low-cost activity is doubling its frequencies, increasing its offer to 10 weekly flights.
* Capacity measured in available seat kilometers compared with the 2015-2016 winter schedule.
**Compared with the 2015-2016 winter season
1On departure from Munich: Copenhagen (Denmark), Berlin (Germany), Bari, Naples (Italy), Catania (Sicily), Marrakech (Morocco), Faro, Lisbon, Porto (Portugal), Alicante, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Palma de Majorca, Seville, Tenerife, Valence (Spain) and Tel-Aviv (Israel).
2On departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol: Bergerac (France), Catania (Sicily), Ibiza, Palma de Majorca (Spain), Munich as from 16 February 2017 (Germany), Larnaca (Cyprus), Turin, Verona (Italy), Zurich as from 16 February 2017 (Switzerland).
3On departure from Paris-Orly: Edinburgh (Scotland), London-Luton (UK), Vienna (Austria).
On departure from Lyon: Agadir (Morocco), Lisbon (Portugal).