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Old July 16th, 2009, 03:42 PM   #221
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But what I still don't understand is if they changed the proportions for the A380, why would they change the other aircraft as well? Wouldn't the new proportions designed for the A380 not work for the smaller planes?
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Old July 16th, 2009, 05:33 PM   #222
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Air France-KLM might come back in the race for Austrian Airlines' takeover

Paris, France - While European commission studies Lufthansa's proposal
(WAPA) - Air France-KLM might come back in the race for the acquisition of Austrian Airlines (AUA), according to what has been reported today by the Austrian newspaper "Kurier". The European commission, that is currently investigating on the feasibility, in anti-trust terms, of Lufthansa's offer (see AVIONEWS), would have asked the French-Dutch group to present a new proposal, getting a positive answer.

Brussels is waiting for the German carrier to supply guarantees on respect of competition after AUA merger, while Lufthansa is reluctant to make concessions over such lucrative routes. However, if a final decision will not be taken by July 31, Frankfurt's airline will be allowed to pull out from the operation.

Air France had participated in the original tender for the takeover of Austrian Airlines' 41.6%, but it had been defeated by Lufthansa, later complaining on the way how the choice had been made. (Avionews)
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Old July 17th, 2009, 04:49 PM   #223
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Air France-KLM could run out of cash in 2010-paper

PARIS, July 17 (Reuters) - Air France-KLM faces a bigger loss and will run low on cash next year if air traffic does not pick up and oil prices reach new highs, according to a study on the airline cited in Les Echos on Friday.

In a worst-case scenario outlined in the report drafted by accounting firm Secafi for the group's works council, Air France could post a wider loss in 2009-2010 than the 129 million euros ($182 million) in 2008-09, and be short of cash within a year.

Air France-KLM was not available for comment.

Separately on Friday, British Airways unveiled plans to raise about 600 million pounds ($1 billion) through a combination of bondholder debt and bank credit in a move chief executive Willie Walsh said eliminated any short-term threat of a financial crisis. [ID:LH678007]

The report on Air France-KLM said that in a scenario where oil prices reached $70 a barrel combined with no recovery in air traffic, the French-Dutch airline could post sales down 9.5 percent and burn 1.5 million euros cash in 2009.

"Even when taking into account the Oceane loan (convertible bonds), the company could be short of cash within a year. The situation is even more worrying at the Air-France-KLM group's level," Secafi said in the study.

In June, Air France-KLM issued 661 million euros of Oceane bonds to finance the purchase of new planes.

In the medium scenario, considered the most realistic, sales would be seen down 9 percent but oil prices would remain at reasonable levels, around $58 a barrel. This is the target Air France-KLM revealed in May, the report said.

In a more rosy scenario, with sales down only 4 percent and oil around $61, the airline would reduce its loss and finance new investments. But this is less likely, after air traffic dropped in May and June, Secafi said.
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Old August 4th, 2009, 09:25 AM   #224
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Old August 5th, 2009, 04:38 PM   #225
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Air France to auction seats on first A380 flights; proceeds go to charity

Today-af-a380 Air France will auction off 380 of the 538 seats on its first two flights on the Airbus A380 superjumbo jet, Britain's Press Association reports. The proceeds will go to charity. Air France's first A380 flight is set for Nov. 20 on the Paris-to-New York route. The carrier's second A380 flight will come on the return on Nov. 21.

Air France will be the first European carrier to put the A380 into regularly scheduled commercial service, according to the Press Association.

Aviation Week’s Things With Wings blog says Air France plans to auction the seats in October. The blog adds Air France initially "will start service with two A380s and grow the fleet to four through the spring of 2010. After New York, Dubai, Johannesburg and Tokyo are set to be the next destinations" to be served with Air France's A380s.
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Old August 7th, 2009, 11:46 PM   #226
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The new PH-BVD, expected 25 August 2009 at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

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Old August 19th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #227
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Czechs continue CSA sale after Air France-KLM exit

PRAGUE/PARIS, Aug 19 (Reuters) - The Czech Republic said on Wednesday it would continue with the sale of state-owned Czech Airlines (CSA) with only a single bidder after Air France-KLM withdrew from the process.

A consortium of Czech companies Unimex and Travel Service remains in the tender, one of the biggest privatisations expected in central and eastern Europe this year.

Air France-KLM , Europe's biggest carrier, said it had withdrawn from the tender process due to the impact of the economic environment on the airline industry.

"The (Czech) finance ministry has received Air France-KLM's decision... (and) will continue in the tender and is not changing its proceedings," the ministry said in a statement.

It also extended the deadline for the consortium's bid by 15 days until Sept. 30, after which it will submit the sale decision to the caretaker government, just weeks before an October election.

Analysts have said the sale fetch up to 5 billion Czech crowns ($275.3 million) for the state, which is tackling a ballooning government deficit that is expected to rise above 5 percent of gross domestic product this year.

But the withdrawal of Air France could hit the price.

"The departure of one of the bidders brings the competition level to zero, so the potential income may decrease because there is no counterweight left," said Milan Vanicek, analyst from Czech brokerage Atlantik FT.

CSA has seen its passenger numbers fall by about 10 percent in the first half of the year as the economic downturn cuts into air travel. Its first-quarter loss widened to $51 million from $44 million the year before.

Air France-KLM said economic circumstances meant CSA could focus instead on trying to restore its profitability on its own through a recovery plan.

"In this context, Air France-KLM wishes to further strengthen the existing partnership between the two groups and to continue to explore with CSA any new areas of cooperation that could be of mutual benefit to each company," it said in a statement.

In April, the Czech Finance Ministry picked Air France-KLM and the Czech consortium as second-round bidders for CSA, rejecting bids from Russia's Aeroflot and Odien.

Air France-KLM has been a key player in the much-anticipated consolidation of the European airline industry, as carriers struggle with increasing competition, rising fuel costs and a drop in air travel caused by the financial crisis. ($1=18.16 Czech Crown)
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Old August 19th, 2009, 11:30 PM   #228
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Old August 22nd, 2009, 04:02 PM   #229
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Air France , August 17, 2009:
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Baggage tracking with electronic chips

In the last few days in Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, all Air France passengers' baggage checked in at Terminal 2C (flights to Asia and Africa), i.e. 2,000 bags per day, are tracked with electronic chips. A "smart" label incorporating RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology is placed in each of the bags, so that they can be located in real time. The RFID chip, connected up to IT systems, means that the bags at the airport can be traced within a few meters, and that baggage handling performance is monitored and analysed, thus improving logistics.

Air France was the first airline to try out the new system on its Paris-Amsterdam route in 2006.

Every day at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France carries 100,000 bags (Air France and customer airlines), including 35,000 – and even 45,000 on a record day - which are in transit.

Contrary to other airlines, Air France publishes monthly figures for the missing baggage of the previous month. A bag is considered to be missing if does not reach its destination at the same time as its owner.

This figure should be compared with other similar airlines, which have large volumes of connecting traffic, i.e. 55% of Air France passengers at Paris- Charles de Gaulle, and not with those which only focus on point to point traffic.

The many daily flights to destinations on the Air France and KLM networks mean that nearly 80% of the missing baggage can be delivered to customers within 24 hours.
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Old August 22nd, 2009, 06:19 PM   #230
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RFID has been around for a long time. Hong Kong International has been using this technology for years. They slap a sticker on the luggage - there is a chip inside, and it goes around the terminal with tracking mode on.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 03:37 PM   #231
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Old September 7th, 2009, 01:15 PM   #232
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Air France announces 1,500 job cuts
4 September 2009
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Air France said Friday it was about to launch a voluntary redundancy scheme to shed 1,500 jobs due to a decline in both passenger and cargo business.

The airline said in a statement that it hoped to be able to present details of the scheme by late October, while a spokesperson said pilots and mechanics would not be eligible.

The worst global slump in decades has devastated the airline industry, with passenger numbers plunging this year.
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Old September 8th, 2009, 11:21 AM   #233
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Air France-KLM Aug Passenger Traffic -2.9% On Yr
8 September 2009

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Air France-KLM (AF.FR) Tuesday reported a 2.9% fall in August passenger traffic, but said unit revenues stopped decreasing as it cut capacity.

Load factor, which measures how full airplanes are, improved 1.1 percentage points to 84.8% as the Franco-Dutch airline group cut capacity 4.2%.

Air France-KLM, which last week announced a plan to cut 1,500 jobs through voluntary departures, said cargo traffic in August fell 16.1% on a 16.9% reduction in capacity.
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La Tribune: Air France stops Strasbourg-London flights
10 September 2009
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Air carrier Air France-KLM will stop its flights from Strasbourg to London at the end of October.

The daily flights, operated by its Irish unit CityJet, target mostly British business travellers.

On the other hand, in order to develop its international business, Air France will launch a new destination from Strasbourg to Lisbon through Bordeaux.
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According to the french website Aeroweb.fr, here are the first photos of Air France A380's interior :

First class :


Business :



Economy :

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KLM and air france used to come to karachi till 9/11
does anyone know when they will resume it.?
because on wikipedia it still says that klm is flying to karachi
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Old October 21st, 2009, 04:38 AM   #237
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 10:52 AM   #238
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According to the french website Aeroweb.fr, here are the first photos of Air France A380's interior :

First class :


Business :



Economy :

it could be much better...
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France24, October 30, 2009 :
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Air France set to get Europe's first A380 superjumbo

AFP - Air France was due on Friday to become the first European airline to take delivery of the new Airbus A380 superjumbo passenger jet, which it says will make it great savings in tough economic times.

The French flag carrier was due to receive the huge craft at the Airbus plant in the northern German city of Hamburg in a ceremony at 1000 GMT on Friday and then fly it to Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport.

Its first commercial flight is scheduled for November 20, from Paris to New York.

The director of Air France, Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, told AFP that the A380 would enable it to save money by running fewer flights on long-haul routes to destinations.

"To New York, we can remove one Boeing 777-200 and one Airbus A340 and go from five flights a day to four," he said.

"We will be able to use a plane that costs 20 percent less to run than the two others. In other words, we will save 15 million euros a year with an A380."

Air France has ordered 12 of the A380 model, but has postponed the purchase of some of them due to the economic slowdown.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday that an upturn in global air traffic stalled in September due to a "pause" in the economic recovery, with demand only up slightly compared to September 2008.

It has forecast that airlines will lose 11 billion dollars in 2009.

Three other airlines outside Europe have already taken delivery of the 330-million-dollar A380 -- Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Australian carrier Qantas.
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