The European Commission has opened an investigation into whether a transatlantic joint venture between Air France-KLM, Alitalia and Delta Air Lines breaches antitrust rules. All three carriers are members of the SkyTeam airline alliance.
Air France is boosting its business class offering with a number of new enhancements including new seats on its long haul fleet, a new and improved menu by renowned chefs and a more personalised service. The new innovations will be rolled out in 2012.
Pierre-Henri Gourgeon has stepped down as chief executive of Air France and the Air France-KLM group, following pressure from the board of directors. Having held the post since 2009, Gourgeon was expected to stay until 2013, but following a board meeting yesterday, it emerged that he had quit.
Meliá Hotels International has reached an agreement with the Flying Blue frequent flyer programme created by Air France and KLM to allow members to benefit from both loyalty programmes. The new agreement allows members of Meliá Hotels International’s mas rewards programme to exchange points for Flying Blue miles at a rate of one mile for every six mas rewards points.
European aviation giant Air France-KLM has split a $12 billion long-rage jet order between Airbus and Boeing following months of politically fraught negotiations. Pressure from French politicians had been seen to encourage the carrier to order from Airbus in order to protect jobs in Europe.
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Air France-KLM has recorded a €212 million net loss for the three months to June 30th, as rising fuel costs, political unrest in the Middle East and Japan’s nuclear disaster hit earnings. However, the figure is down from €252 million lost in the same quarter of 2010, with the airline maintaining it will make a modest profit in 2011 as a whole.
The board of Air France-KLM will meet later this month to discuss the purchase of up to 100 long-haul aircraft. Following the example set by American Airlines earlier this week, the order is expected to be split between European manufacturer Airbus and American rival Boeing.
Air France-KLM has hinted at plans to embark on a huge expansion of its long-haul fleet and is poised to place an order for 100 aircraft split between Airbus and Boeing.
Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM and Alitalia have announced plans to cut their transatlantic services from autumn against a backdrop of rising fuel prices and excess capacity. The reductions are likely to push fares higher and leave passengers with fewer choices.
Delta Air Lines and the Air France-KLM Group kick off a major international expansion this week with new flights connecting Florida with three major European cities: London, Paris and Amsterdam.
Air France-KLM of Europe has teamed up with United States-based Delta Air Lines to consider a bid for Virgin Atlantic. Owner Richard Branson is presently considering his options for the carrier in an increasingly competitive market.