For the 2015-2016 winter season (from 25 October 2015 to 26 March 2016), Air France-KLM total capacity will increase (+1.5%) compared with the previous winter season*. Growth will be driven by long-haul passenger network operations (+1.7%) and Transavia low cost activity Transavia (+9.1%), while medium-haul passenger network operations will decrease by -1.8%.
“This winter, the deployment of measures introduced as part of our Perform 2020 plan is continuing. With a dynamic flight schedule offered by our four companies, we are closer to the growth markets, providing them with the most extensive network from Europe to the rest of the world. Meanwhile, our customers can enjoy our new cabins on more and more aircraft. The Group’s recovery is underway. Our investments are starting to bear fruit. Our objective is clear: to rank among the best airline groups in the world” said Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM.
On long-haul, Air France-KLM is mainly increasing capacity to North America and the Caribbean while reducing capacity to other destinations including Brazil, Japan and East Africa. Two destinations are suspended: Fukuoka (Japan) from Amsterdam-Schiphol by KLM and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from Paris-Charles de Gaulle by Air France. Regarding products and services, the Air France-KLM Group is continuing its move upmarket, to reach the highest global standards thanks to the roll-out of new long-haul products for Air France and the new World Business Class and Economy Class for KLM. In addition, KLM will take delivery of its first 3 Boeing 787 Dreamliners this winter, which will fly to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai and Rio de Janeiro during this season.
On medium-haul, Group capacity is stable on departure from the hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol, apart from the suspension of Air France services to Vigo (Spain), Verona (Italy) and Stavanger (Norway). The cabin renewal program continues with 24 Air France Airbus A319 now equipped with the new leather seat, which will be also fully deployed on 25 Airbus A320 during the first half of 2016.
Finally, from January 2016 Transavia will welcome 3 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft to support its growth in France and the Netherlands.
* Capacity measured in available seat-kilometres compared with winter 2014-2015.
Long-haul: 1.7% increase in capacity
To meet the strong market demand, the Group is increasing capacity to the United States. This growth is particularly focused on routes between the Group’s two European hubs and Delta Airlines’ hub in Atlanta, as well as the US West Coast. As part of the transatlantic joint venture, 56 weekly flights are available from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol to Atlanta.
To the West Coast, the Group is increasing capacity between Paris and Los Angeles, thanks to an additional Air France flight operated 3 times a week, and to San Francisco, both from Paris (with larger aircraft) and Amsterdam thanks to one additional frequency. To the East Coast, capacity is increasing to Boston with a new daily flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
To Canada, the new routes launched during the 2015 summer season from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Vancouver and from Amsterdam-Schiphol to Edmonton are served both with 3 weekly frequencies. The partnership with Canadian airline WestJet gives access to 38 routes beyond the five Canadian destinations operated by Air France-KLM.
Central and South America and the Caribbean:
In Central America, as of January 2016, Air France will be offering three weekly flights by Airbus A380 between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Mexico. In March 2016, the A380 will connect the two cities on a daily basis. To Panama City, Air France is increasing its offer to 6 weekly flights on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, bringing the Group’s offer to 13 weekly frequencies from the 2 European hubs and a strong partnership with Copa Airlines beyond the “hub of the Americas”.
Responding to different market dynamics, Air France-KLM is adapting capacity to South America, reducing capacity in Brazil, while strengthening its position to the rest of this region. From Paris-Charles de Gaulle a smaller aircraft will be used to Brasilia while frequencies are reduced to Rio de Janeiro (up to 11 weekly flights) and Sao Paulo (up to 13 times per week, excluding the Christmas period). Extensive access to the vast Brazilian market is achieved by even more frequencies and routes offered through the partnership with GOL. In addition, KLM’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner will take off to Rio de Janeiro. On the other hand, Air France is increasing capacity to Caracas (Venezuela) and Lima (Peru). Bogota and Cali (Colombia), launched from Amsterdam-Schiphol in summer 2015, will be served with 3 weekly frequencies, complementing Air France’s daily service between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Bogota, and KLM will increase its offer to 4 weekly frequencies to Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Santiago de Chile (Chile).
The Caribbean is an expanding market for Air France-KLM, particularly during the high season. Both Air France and KLM are increasing capacity to Havana (Cuba) with one additional frequency from Paris-Charles de Gaulle for the whole season and additional capacity from Amsterdam Schiphol as of January 2016. To the French and the Dutch Antilles, Air France and KLM are increasing capacity, with additional seats available in high season (December-March) by Air France to Saint Martin, Fort de France and Pointe à Pitre and new schedules by KLM including direct services to and from Aruba and Bonaire.
Asia and Middle East:
In Japan, the Group is adapting its capacity facing lower demand in the region. KLM will suspend its service to Fukuoka as from 5 January 2016. Air France-KLM customers will still be able to reach this destination through the Group’s partners in the region beyond Japan, South Korea and China. Air France-KLM is reducing capacity to Japan, with less frequencies to Tokyo-Haneda, (Air France is operating up to 10 weekly flights) and Osaka (up to 6 flights per week for Air France, up to 5 flights per week for KLM).
In South East Asia, Air France is suspending its services to Kuala Lumpur on departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle. This destination will continue to be served by KLM from Amsterdam-Schiphol on a daily basis.
In India, Air France is increasing capacity to Bangalore with 6 weekly flights operated by Boeing 777-200.
In the Middle East, this winter, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai will be the first destinations served by KLM’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Africa and Indian Ocean:
This winter, both Air France and KLM are offering additional frequencies to Luanda (Angola), increasing the joint offer to 6 weekly flights from the Paris and Amsterdam hubs. In addition, Air France capacity will increase to Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) with a 4th frequency operated by Airbus A380 for the Christmas peak season (mid-December to mid-January), as well as to Madagascar where Air France will operate the route by Boeing 777-200 in November and December 2015.
Given the market dynamics in East Africa, KLM is optimizing its network: the number of circular flights serving Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Kigali (Rwanda) and Entebbe (Uganda) is increasing, enabling KLM to maintain strong service while reducing exposure in the region with fewer direct flights. An extensive partnership with Kenya Airways beyond Nairobi complements KLM services to cover East Africa.
New long-haul products and services:
This winter, the Air France-KLM Group is continuing to roll out new products and services on its long-haul network, in order to meet the highest global standards.
The Group continues to upgrade its long-haul fleet. On 23 November 2015, KLM will fly the Boeing 787 for the first time: the first flight will serve Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. Other destinations to be served this winter include Dubai and Rio de Janeiro. This latest-generation aircraft is equipped with Wi-Fi, full-flat seats giving direct aisle access in World Business Class, as well as an increased 40% recline in Economy Comfort and Economy cabins. This aircraft will also generate a substantial reduction in operating costs, and is equipped with highly fuel-efficient engines, which will reduce CO2 emissions by at least 20%. Moreover, the legendary Boeing 747 will be definitively withdrawn from the Air France fleet on 11 January 2016.
Air France-KLM is also continuing to roll out its new travel cabins, already deployed on more than 50 aircraft in its long haul-fleet.
By the end of the winter season, 27 Air France Boeing 777 will be equipped with the latest cabins flying to 26 destinations:
– North America – Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington;
– Latin America – Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Panama City, Sao Paulo;
– Africa – Abidjan, Bangui, Douala, Libreville, Malabo, Yaoundé;
– Middle East – Beirut, Dubai;
– India – Bangalore;
– Asia – Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong-Kong, Jakarta, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo-Haneda.
This winter, after renovating its World Business Class cabins on all its Boeing 747-400s, KLM will gradually equip its Boeing 777-200s and 777-300s with a new World Business Class and Economy Class. At the end of 2015, 60% of KLM’s fleet will be retrofitted with fully-renovated cabins.
Medium-haul: 1.8% decrease in capacity
On departure from the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol hubs
From Amsterdam-Schiphol, KLM currently offers services to Belfast (Northern Ireland), Krakow (Poland) and Montpellier (France), launched last summer, with 5 weekly frequencies to Belfast and Krakow, and four weekly to Montpellier. KLM is also increasing frequencies to Florence (Italy) and Bristol (UK) reaching 16 and 26 weekly flights respectively.
From Paris-Charles de Gaulle, in continuation of the summer season, Air France will offer one additional daily frequency to Billund (Denmark) and Bordeaux (France). Services will be suspended to Vigo (Spain), Verona (Italy) and Stavanger (Norway).
Air France is also pursuing the move upmarket of its products and services, with an upgraded offer (more flexibility for business travel, new gourmet delights) and a new leather seat already available on board 24 Airbus A319 and progressively rolled out on 25 Airbus A320 during the first half of 2016.
On departure from Paris-Orly and the French regions
From Paris-Orly, in continuation of the summer season, HOP! Air France is suspending one daily frequency to Strasbourg and two daily frequencies to Mulhouse. The company is also adjusting capacity by making seasonal adjustments, by reducing its flight schedule by one daily frequency to Biarritz, Brest, Marseille, Pau and Toulon and by two daily frequencies to Nice compared with last summer.
From the French regions, HOP! Air France is adjusting its frequencies on its Lyon-Montpellier and Lyon-Rome routes and closing its international routes from Marseille, Nice and Toulouse as well as its Lyon-Mulhouse and Strasbourg-Rome services. On departure from Marseille to Lille and Rennes, as well as between Toulouse and Strasbourg, Air France is increasing capacity by operating flights by both Airbus and regional aircraft, providing more frequencies and meeting the needs of customers travelling for leisure and business reasons.
Transavia: 9.1% increase in capacity
This season, Transavia’s offer not only includes sunny and popular winter sports destinations, but also a vast choice of city break opportunities to the main European cities. Overall, Transavia will serve 72 destinations in 24 countries. This winter, 3 new Boeing 737-800 will be delivered, bringing Transavia’s fleet to a total of 49 aircraft at the end of the season.
Transavia Netherlands is concentrating its activity on departure from Amsterdam-Schiphol, offering services, in continuation of the summer season, to Thessalonica (Greece), Tel Aviv (Israel), Bari (Italy), Paris-Orly (France) and Larnaca (Cyprus). The airline is also increasing capacity to Barcelona (Spain).
From Rotterdam-The Hague, additional frequencies to Berlin and Vienne are offered. From Eindhoven, Transavia is increasing capacity to Copenhagen. On departure from the three airports, the company is increasing its frequencies to Innsbruck and Salzburg (Austria) to meet the high demand for winter sports.
Transavia France will continue to serve new destinations launched this summer:
– Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland), Munich (Germany) and Fez (Morocco) from Paris-Orly;
– Madrid (Spain) from Nantes;
– Algiers (Algeria) from Lyon.