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Old November 17th, 2005, 03:18 AM   #21
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Canada Officials Remain Unsure About Cause Of Airbus Crash
16 November 2005

TORONTO (AP)--Canadian transportation investigators announced Wednesday that they still hadn't determined what caused an Air France (3112.FR) Airbus to skid off a Toronto runway and burst into flames during a heavy rainstorm in early August, though reiterated that the aircraft had landed too far down the runway.

Many of the 297 passengers on board have blamed the pilots for landing nearly halfway down the runway in dreadful weather and are suing the airline for negligence. Despite the plane skidding off the runway, landing in a ravine and bursting into flames on Aug. 2, all passengers and 12 crew members escaped and survived with minor injuries.

Confirming earlier reports that all systems on Flight 358 from Paris appeared to be functioning normally, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said in a statement that to date, investigators "have not found significant anomalies" of the aircraft systems.

The statement, out of its headquarters in Gatineau, Quebec, said the digital flight data recorders - known as the black boxes - revealed no system troubles or malfunctions.

"Based on a physical examination of the wreckage combined with a follow-up detailed DFDR review of parameters, no problems were detected with the flight controls, spoilers, tires and brakes, or thrust reversers," the agency said. "The flight controls functioned as expected, spoilers were deployed on touchdown, the tires and braking system worked as per design, and the thrust reversers were found in the deployed position."

The board said it would take several months to come to any conclusions.

The findings released Wednesday did reiterate, however, initial findings by TSB chief investigator Real Levassuer several days after the crash. He said then that the Airbus "landed long," 4,000 feet down the 9,000-foot runway at Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport.

"With the water on the runway...at that point there was no way that this airplane could have stopped before the end," Levassuer said.

That doesn't sit well with Philippe Lacaille, whose wife and four children were on board. He said passengers want to know why - if all systems appeared to be functioning normally on the aircraft - the pilots landed in severe weather conditions and too far down the slick runway.

"We landed too long, we landed in terrible conditions and the plane could not brake," Lacaille told CBC Television after the TSB issued its update on Wednesday.

"The first question that comes to mind is, why was the plane allowed to land in these kind of weather conditions?" said Lacaille, who has joined one of several class actions against the French airliner. "It doesn't make any sense. Was there a mechanical problem or was it the pilot's decision? There's still a lot of unanswered questions."

He said that his family is suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome and they still have recurring nightmares and flashbacks.

"I can tell you, my flashback that comes all the time, I see my 14-year-old daughter's face surrounded by this enormous orange glow right where she was sitting," Lacaille said, adding that he believed they were all about to die.
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WRAPUP 2-Air France-KLM, easyJet see Dec traffic rise

PARIS, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Europe's Air France-KLM and easyJet posted stronger traffic in December to cap a year that saw both full-service and budget airlines enjoy better demand despite higher fuel prices.

Expansion in Eastern Europe is helping drive demand for European air travel, which at current growth trends would double by 2020.

Air France-KLM, Europe's largest airline group, said December traffic rose by 11.9 percent measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs).

Its load factor, a measure of how well it filled seats, rose 2.1 percentage points to 79.8 percent.

Activity rose by 15.1 percent on Asian routes and by 7.1 percent within Europe, it said.

Airlines in Europe have been beefing up service to the rapidly expanding air travel markets of India and China.

In sheer passenger numbers, Air France-KLM said it carried 5.6 million passengers in December, up 8 percent.

EasyJet carried 2.37 million passengers, up 11.1 percent.

The budget carrier's load factor was 80.5 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point.

"December passenger numbers were in line with our expectations. Unit revenue for the month -- the total revenue per seat flown -- showed a year-on-year improvement, supported by strong ancillary contributions," easyJet said in a statement.

Record plane sales in 2005 for manufacturers Boeing Co. and Airbus underscored a rebound in air travel despite fuel costs which have doubled in the last two years.

A newspaper report at the weekend said easyJet had hired Goldman Sachs to help defend itself against a potential takeover bid by Iceland's FL Group.

FL, which owns Icelandair , owns 16.2 percent of easyJet.
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January 11, 2006
Air France to record best year ever

PARIS (AFP) - The 2005-2006 financial year for Air France promises to be the best on record, with the world's biggest airline by revenue racking up operating profits much higher than for the previous period, chief executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta said.

"It will be a very good year for Air France-KLM... and the best year for Air France since Air France has existed," Spinetta told the Professional Aeronautic and Space Journalists Association.

The company's financial year, which ends in March, is expected to return an operating profit higher than the 534 million euros reported for 2004-2005.

First semester results have already shown a 46-percent rise to 750 million euros.

Spinetta said the merger between Air France and the Netherland's KLM airline last year was showing benefits.

"Compared to competitors such as British Airways or Lufthansa, you can see some big differences," he said.

According to Air France-KLM, passenger traffic is up 11.9 percent, with an average 79.8 percent occupancy rate on aircraft. Lufthansa and BA have, in comparison, seen passenger numbers rise by 3.6 percent and 4.7 percent, respectively.

Spinetta also definitively scotched rumours that Air France-KLM was looking to merge with Italy's loss-making Alitalia.

"There is no discussion underway," he said.

The much-vaunted new A380 super-jumbo made by Airbus would join the Air France fleet in April 2008, a year behind schedule, Spinetta added, confirming the delay already announced by the European plane-maker.
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KLM to Launch Chengdu-Amsterdam Service

BEIJING, Jan 30 Asia Pulse - Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) recently announced that it will open a direct flight from Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, to Amsterdam.

Air China, China Eastern Airlines and Southern Airlines have opened flights from Chengdu to Europe via Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Chengdu has become the air traffic hub of Sichuan, Yunnan, Shaanxi provinces and Tibet Autonomous Region. Following three domestic airline companies opening flights to the other parts of the world, KLM, Korean Air, Cargolux Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Qantas Airways are also eyeing Chengdu as the gateway for air transportation in southwest China.

The flow of passengers at Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu amounted to 13.887 million persons/time in 2005, 2.2 million persons/time more than that in 2004, ranking 6th among Chinese airports.

Shuangliu Airport is making preparations for the construction of a second runway and a second terminal, with construction of a logistic park at the airport to commence soon.
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Air France-KLM reports profits surge despite fuel costs

PARIS, Feb 16, 2006 (AFP) - Air France-KLM reported on Thursday that operating profit in the first nine months of its financial year had surged by 76.5 percent to 940.0 million euros (1.12 billion dollars), saying that strong traffic had outweighed high fuel costs.

The operating margin rose by 2.2 percentage points to 5.8 percent.

In the third quarter, net profit more than tripled from the equivalent figure in the previous year to 77.0 million euros from 23.0 million euros on a 12.4 percent increase in sales to 5.43 billion euros.

The airline said that activity in the fourth quarter of its financial year was usually weak owing to seasonal factors, and said that it expected operating profit for the whole of its 2005-2006 financial year to exceed 900.0 million euros from 534 million euros in the previous year.

In the third quarter, operating profit had risen to 190.0 million euros from 20.0 million euros 12 months earlier, owing partly to efficient hedging of fuel costs.

The airline said that in the third quarter fuel costs had risen by 27.4 percent on a 12-month comparison to 1.0 billion euros, and that in the first nine months the fuel bill had risen by 30.0 percent to 2.72 billion euros, owing to the rise of oil prices and despite heavy hedging on financial markets.

But from October to the end of December, passenger traffic had continued to be "dynamic", rising by 11.0 percent. Capacity had increased by 7.6 percent.

The airline had achieved a record rate of occupancy on its aircraft, which had risen by 2.4 percentage points to 80.1 percent. Unit fares had held up well and freight activity had shown an encouraging recovery.
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Air France: To Boost Seat Capacity 5.6% In Summer Months
20 February 2006

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Air France-KLM (3112.FR) Monday said it will increase its seat capacity by 5.6% from around June through to August compared with the same period last year.

In a statement, the airline said it will boost its capacity in its fastest-growing markets, such as Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

"These increases in capacity are a result of additional frequencies and the introduction of larger aircraft," the company said in a statement. [ 20-02-06 1025GMT ]

Air France also said it would add new routes on its its medium-haul schedule, with flights to Yerevan in Armenia, Leipzig in Germany, and Katowice in Poland. Medium-haul seat capacity would grow 6.3% on the year, the company said.

Air France said capacity on its domestic flights would remain stable, growing by around 1%.

Company Web site: http://www.airfrance.com
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Air France denies job cut plans

PARIS, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Air France on Wednesday denied it was planning heavy job cuts after France's largest union expressed fears of up to 5,000 reductions by 2008.

The union was reported as saying on Tuesday that only a handful of the 3,000 to 5,000 people due to retire between now and 2008 would be replaced.

"This is wrong," Air France responded in a statement.

"On January 25 the chairman gave the board employment forecasts which point to stability."

Air France has 72,000 full-time equivalent posts and sees this remaining stable in 2008-09, the statement said.

Air France is part of the Franco-Dutch Air France KLM airlines group.
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KLM Airline to Appeal $238,000 Fine
3 March 2006

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - The Dutch airline KLM has appealed a $238,000 fine imposed by a Philippines court for losing a passenger's bag, a spokesman for the company said Friday.

The court awarded the damages last month to a man who lost his suitcase eight years ago en route from Manila to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he was giving a lecture at a World Health Organization conference.

The passenger, identified as Jose Tiongco, claimed his reputation had suffered when he stood before his audience in jeans, T-shirt and sneakers.

A KLM spokesman said the airline disputed the Manila court's ruling that it was responsible for the loss, and also the "tremendous amount of money" the court awarded in damages -- a KLM record for losing a bag.

The spokesman, Youssef Eddini, said the passenger's itinerary had several legs that included non-KLM flights.

"We do not know on which leg the suitcase was lost," he said. "In the airline business, it is common that in such cases the last airline is responsible" for lost luggage.
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Crash survivors reject first Air France redress offer

OTTAWA, March 13, 2006 (AFP) - A handful of survivors in the fiery crash landing of Air France Flight 358 in Toronto have settled their claims with the airline, but most plan to sue, their lawyer said Monday.

Air France made a first formal, written offer last month to each of the 297 passengers. All escaped serious injury after their Airbus 340 skidded off a runway at Toronto airport on August 2, 2005, lawyer Paul Miller told AFP.

Proposed reparations for burned luggage, injuries and suffering ranged from about 5,000 to 15,000 Canadian dollars, he said.

In a letter obtained by AFP sent to 120 passengers considering litigation, Miller strongly recommended they reject the airline's attempt to atone.

"The offers were pretty weak. Nobody was happy with them. None of our clients have accepted them and we're moving forward with the lawsuit," he said in an interview by telephone from Toronto.

"However, we've heard that 12 to 15 people without legal representation have accepted offers," he added.

A class-action lawsuit was filed last year accusing of negligence Air France, Toronto airport authorities, control tower staff, Airbus, the two pilots and Goodrich, which built the jet's escape chutes, two of which malfunctioned.

A majority of the passengers suffer from psychological problems and a few dozen still feel pain from physical injuries, Miller said.

The suit seeks 150 million Canadian dollars (124 million US).

A judge will decide in the coming months whether to allow the class-action lawsuit to proceed, Miller said.

Transport Safety Board lead investigator Real Levasseur said the jet was too high on its approach and touched down too far along the rain-soaked runway before skidding off into a ravine and bursting into flames.

He found no mechanical malfunctions, leaving human error and severe weather conditions as the likely culprits.

The board's conclusions, however, cannot be used in court to find fault.
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Air France-KLM warns of additional costs from delay of CDG airport expansion
15 March 2006

PARIS (AFX) - Jean-Cyril Spinetta, chief executive of Air France-KLM, said the carrier will face extra costs from the delay in building a new terminal at the Charles de Gaulle-Roissy airport outside Paris, which is now expected to open in autumn 2007, about six months behind schedule.

Aeroports de Paris (ADP), which runs the airports outside Paris, informed Air France-KLM recently of the setback for Terminal S3, being built especially to accommodate the new Airbus A380 superjumbo.

'Roissy lacks the capacity for welcoming clients. The S3 terminal will unfortunately see a significant delay compared to the original schedule,' Spinetta said during a visit to the airport.

As a result, Air France-KLM will not be able to raise flight capacity as fast as hoped, and it will continue to rely on shuttle buses to bring passengers from the boarding terminal to the plane and vice-versa.

These shuttle buses cost the airline 27 mln eur every year, Spinetta said, adding that today, only 50 pct of its planes used for long-haul flights have direct contact with the terminal, compared with a rate of 70 pct before the collapse of Terminal 2E in May 2004.
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Air France in two-year pay deal with unions

PARIS, March 15 (Reuters) - Air France said on Wednesday it had struck a two-year pay deal with unions representing the majority of its staff.

Under the deal with six unions, staff will get a one-off bonus of 500 euros ($600) in April 2006 as well as an average overall salary increase of 3.3 percent spread over two years, the airline said in a statement.

Air France is the French part of the Franco-Dutch airline group Air France KLM .

Salaries form the group's biggest single cost, ahead of fuel, and make up around half its operating expenses.

Salaries and related costs amounted to 1.597 billion euros in the fiscal third quarter (October-December 2005) compared with fuel at 1 billion and total expenses of 3.112 billion.
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Air France envisages putting trains in its colors

PARIS, March 26, 2006 (AFP) - Air France could run high-speed trains in its own livery after the total liberalization of passenger rail services in Europe, the company's boss said in an interview to be published Monday.

"It is highly probably that with the liberalization of passenger rail traffic on the domestic market there will be TGV trains in Air France's colors between Roissy and cities like Angers, Tours or Vendome," Air France-KLM Chairman and CEO Jean-Cyril Spinetta was quoted as saying in Monday's issue of the French business daily La Tribune.

Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris already has a station for France's TGV (high-speed) trains that can take passengers almost 800 kilometers (500 miles) from Paris to the Mediterranean coast in three hours

"We don't have any projects today, we're talking in effect about 2012 to 2014," he said.

Spinetta has previously criticized subsidies and competitions regulations which have favored high-speed trains.

The European Parliament approved last year the first draft of a directive opening up international passenger train traffic to free competition beginning in 2008 and liberalizing national markets in 2012.

EU transport ministers in December agreed on liberalizing international passenger train traffic in 2010, but not national markets.
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Air France KLM March traffic up 6.6 pct

PARIS, April 7 (Reuters) - Air France KLM reported a 6.6 percent rise in March passenger traffic on Friday as solid growth on its American routes helped compensate for the negative impact on tourism of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease.

But Air France added in a statement that its load factor -- an indication of the proportion of seats it fills on flights -- fell 0.7 percentage points to 79.4 percent.

The airline noted the March increase came despite Easter falling in April this year but in March last year.

Traffic in America rose 8.1 percent, while in Asia it increased 15.7 percent.

Total passenger numbers rose 4.7 percent to more than 5.8 million.
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KLM will raise fuel surcharge on long-haul flights

AMSTERDAM, April 12, 2006 (AFP) - KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced Wednesday that it will increase its fuel surcharges on intercontinental flights.

KLM will add another five euros (6.07 dollars) per ticket on long-haul flights from Friday. The total fuel surcharge for long-haul flights is now 45 euros per leg of a journey.

The surcharge will be dropped only when the price of oil falls below 65 dollars a barrel for 30 consecutive days, the company said.

A spokesman for Air France, which shares the same parent company told AFP Wednesday that they had no plans for the moment to increase their surcharge on long-haul flights.
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Air France increases long-haul fuel surcharge
26 April 2006

PARIS (AP) - Air France raised the fuel surcharge on long-haul passenger flights by €7 (US$8.70) Wednesday, citing "extremely high" oil prices.

Air France, part of the Air France-KLM Group, said the surcharge will be revoked after the price of a barrel of oil falls below US$60 for 30 days in a row.

The latest hike brings Air France's total fuel surcharge on long-haul flights to €51 (US$63.40) per passenger.

Air France last increased its fuel surcharges on Oct. 4, 2005, to €8 (US$10) for domestic services, €12 (US$15) for mid-range services and €44 (US$54.70) on long-haul fares.

The surcharge will come into effect Friday, Air France said.

Air France and other airlines have been increasing their fuel surcharges over the past year in an attempt to recoup some of the expense of record fuel costs.

On Tuesday, Deutsche Lufthansa AG said it would raise its long-haul charge to €62, a 20 percent hike, and British Airways PLC last week raised its charge for long-haul to 35 pounds (€50.50; US$62.50) from 30 pounds.

Light sweet crude for June delivery was trading at US$72.76 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange early Wednesday.
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Thursday May 18, 8:59 PM
Air France-KLM 4Q Profit Falls 30 Percent

AP - Air France-KLM, the world's largest airline by sales, posted a 30 percent drop in net profit for its fiscal fourth quarter Thursday but said underlying earnings were stable despite soaring oil prices.

Net profit fell to 7 million euros ($9.02 million) in January through March from 10 million euros a year earlier, the airline said, despite a 13 percent increase in revenue to 5.20 billion euros ($6.7 billion).

The rising fuel bill resulted in a 12 percent increase in overall operating costs, Air France-KLM said.

Net profit for the fiscal year ending March 31 almost halved to 913 million euros ($1.18 billion) from 1.70 billion euros the previous year, as revenue rose 10 percent to 21.45 billion euros ($27.63 billion).

Air France-KLM said the year-ago net figure was inflated by a one-time pension fund surplus of 928 million euros ($1.19 billion). Excluding the pension surplus, net profit rose 29 percent, the company said.

Full-year operating profit rose 69 percent to 936 million euros ($1.21 billion), lifting the company's operating margin _ or operating profit as a share of revenue _ to 4.4 percent from 2.8 percent a year earlier.

"This capacity to maintain solid results in an environment characterized by rocketing oil prices gives me great confidence in our ability to improve our profitability over the medium term," Air France-KLM Chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta said.

Cost-cutting and synergies from the 2004 merger of Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airline helped offset rising fuel prices and boost the operating margin, the airline said, and fuel surcharges on ticket prices should generate about 200 million euros ($258 million) of additional revenue in the current fiscal year.

Air France-KLM said it achieved better-than-expected net profit last year thanks to "extremely dynamic levels of activity in our sector." It also boasted Europe's "strongest growth in traffic and load factors." Load factor is a measure of the share of available seats that an airline fills with passengers.

Passenger traffic rose 8.6 percent last year while capacity rose 6.2 percent, resulting in a load factor of 80.6 _ five points above the European industry average, the airline said.

Chief Operating Officer Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said the company would achieve additional synergies of 115 million euros ($148 million) this year and cut a further 325 million euros ($418.66 million) in costs. Some 70 million euros ($90.17 million) of savings will come from replacing older airplanes with newer, more fuel-efficient jets, he said.

Air France-KLM forecast operating profit this year of "at least the same level as last year."

Fuel hedging helped contain the company's fuel bill at 3.59 billion euros ($4.62 billion) last year, up 32 percent from the previous year.

This year, Air France-KLM is forecasting a 22 percent increase in the fuel bill to 4.4 billion euros ($5.67 billion).

Air France-KLM shares fell 0.8 percent to 17.11 euros ($22.04) in Paris.
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KLM Airline to Appeal $238,000 Fine
3 March 2006

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - The Dutch airline KLM has appealed a $238,000 fine imposed by a Philippines court for losing a passenger's bag, a spokesman for the company said Friday.

The court awarded the damages last month to a man who lost his suitcase eight years ago en route from Manila to Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he was giving a lecture at a World Health Organization conference.

The passenger, identified as Jose Tiongco, claimed his reputation had suffered when he stood before his audience in jeans, T-shirt and sneakers.

A KLM spokesman said the airline disputed the Manila court's ruling that it was responsible for the loss, and also the "tremendous amount of money" the court awarded in damages -- a KLM record for losing a bag.

The spokesman, Youssef Eddini, said the passenger's itinerary had several legs that included non-KLM flights.

"We do not know on which leg the suitcase was lost," he said. "In the airline business, it is common that in such cases the last airline is responsible" for lost luggage.

LOL!! OMG

KLM has also lost my bags!! I travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, the plane went onwards to Manila, some years back. KLM took close to a Month to get my bags back to me, since this time I was in Penang, Malaysia. Absolutely no compensation from the KLM. Had to buy completely brand new clothes.
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Old June 7th, 2006, 04:22 PM   #38
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Air France KLM May traffic, load factor rise

PARIS, June 7 (Reuters) - French-Dutch airline Air France KLM said on Wednesday it carried 6.2 percent more passengers in May than a year ago, partly driven by strong performance on its Asian routes.

In a statement, the company said its load factor -- an indication of the proportion of seats it fills on flights -- rose 1.4 percentage points to 79.1 percent.

The group posted a significant increase in unit revenue in May which continued to be driven by sustained levels of premium traffic, Air France KLM said in a statement. It had 6.3 million passengers.

Load factor on Asian routes rose 4.3 points to 83.7 percent, while for the Americas the factor was up 2.1 points at 86.4 percent. For Europe, it edged up 0.3 points to 72.4 percent but for Africa and the Middle East it slipped 0.8 points to 68.7 percent and in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean sector it fell 0.4 percent to 78.0 percent.

Cargo traffic increased 5.3 percent on capacity that was 2 percent higher. The cargo load factor improved by 2 points to 65.8 percent.

Air France KLM shares slipped 0.3 percent to 16.06 euros by 0903 GMT.
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Roissy, 19 June 2006
Air France Increases Services to India
Corporate Press Release

Air France continues to develop its network to India, one of the world´s fastest-growing markets.

Starting on 30 October 2006, Air France will operate three weekly flights to and from Chennai (Madras) using its own aircraft (the service is currently operated on a code-share basis with Delta Air Lines aircraft and crew).

The flight will be operated using an Airbus A340 seating 291: 30 in l´Espace Affaires and 261 in Tempo. The aircraft is equipped with the New Air France Travel Concept cabin for enhanced passenger comfort.

Schedules will be particularly well-suited to passengers with short connections at Paris-Charles de Gaulle on their way to and from other Air France destinations:

Flight AF 158: CDG2 10:20 a.m. - Chennai 00:25 a.m. local time.

On Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Flight AF 157: Chennai 02:10 a.m.- CDG2 08:35 a.m. local time.

On Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

These flights will also be sold by Delta Air Lines.

Chennai is the largest city in Southern India and the capital of the dynamic Tamil Nadu state. Its IT sector is growing exponentially, as are other highly diversified industrial activities, for example telecommunications, chemical, automobile and textile industries, to name only a few. Gateway to Tamil Nadu, cradle of the Dravidian civilization, close to Pondicherry and Kerala, Chennai is the cultural capital of Southern India and an outstandingly popular destination with tourists.

In addition to launching flights to Chennai, Air France will be increasing capacity on other flights between Europe and India, with seven weekly flights from Paris to Bangalore instead of five. The Paris-Mumbai (Bombay) route will be operated using Boeing 777-300s with 310 seats instead of the Boeing 777-200s with 270 seats operated last winter.

In all, Air France´s capacity to India will be increased by 27%.

Together, Air France and KLM will offer 42 weekly frequencies (instead of 36 last year) to Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The networks and fares of the two airlines may be combined, including to and from India, forming a vast network based around the hubs at Charles de Gaulle and Schiphol so that passengers can travel either via Paris or via Amsterdam.
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Air France expecting 175,000 departures from Paris airports Friday

PARIS, June 29, 2006 (AFP) - Air France is expecting passenger departures through its gates at Paris's two main airports to set a new record Friday, when the first wave of summer vacationers fly out.

More than 120,000 passengers are expected to leave from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport and more than 55,000 from Orly airport, a spokesman said.

That was some 2,000 more for each facility than for the previous daily record.

To cope with the exodus, Air France said it was putting on 270 extra staff and had scheduled larger aircraft for certain destinations such as Rome, Lisbon and Istanbul.

Extra crewmembers tasked with helping struggling families were to be present on board long-distance flights to the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.

Passengers wanting to cut down on wait times in queues were advised to print their own boarding cards off Air France's website.

Many French take their big annual vacation of several weeks over the July-August period, with increasing numbers heading to cheap, sun-drenched spots outside the country.
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