Air-France, KLM join forces in the UK

11th Dec 2006

In line with their joint business strategy in UK & Ireland, AIR FRANCE and KLM are going to create a common management team in these two key markets.

Next summer, Christine Ourmières, current General Manager for Air France UK & Ireland will become the new General Manager for AIR FRANCE KLM in this area.

Vincent Knoops, current General Manager for KLM UK & Ireland will then handover his responsibilities to the joint AIR FRANCE KLM manager.

In the new organisation the UK Sales team will be split into two new joint departments. Simon Spinks, current Sales Director UK for KLM will become the Head of Direct and Leisure Sales UK for AIR FRANCE KLM, and Tom Reeves, current Head of Sales UK for Air France will become the Head of Business Sales for AIR FRANCE KLM.

AIR FRANCE KLM today share a single ambition: to meet customers’ expectations and offer them an even wider range of products and services. Together, taking advantage of the complementarities and capitalising on their professionalism, both companies leverage their strengths for their customers and for the Group.


This next step has been made with the intention of reinforcing the commitments of Air France and KLM, and will focus on maximizing the opportunities and synergies of the Group in UK and Ireland.

Together, AIR FRANCE KLM represent 70 million passengers and a fleet of 564 aircraft. Clients can now benefit from two complementary global networks and combinable fares, on their (which include a total of) 246 destinations, a generous joint frequent flyer program - Flying Blue, and an offer tailored to businesses. The business combination agreement between AIR FRANCE KLM gave rise to Europe’s number one air transport group in May 2004, based on a holding company and two airlines, keeping their own brands and identity.



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