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Old February 27th, 2008, 02:29 PM   #81
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WOW this news sound amazing!!!

the idea looks fantastic when the T4 will become the SKYTEAM's hub, and not just one carrier's hub giving advantages to others co-carriers.
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Alitalia agrees to £106m Air France takeover
Alitalia has agreed to a takeover offer of €138 million (£106 million) by Air France KLM in a move to save the troubled Italian airline from bankruptcy. Air France KLM offered one share per 160 Alitalia shares, an 81% reduction on the airline’s current share price, valuing it at €0.10 per share. The price is well short of the €0.35 per share it had initially bid.

The low price tag on the deal reflects the desperation of the Italian government to get shot of its 49.9% stake in the company, which has been heading towards bankruptcy. Alitalia said two weeks ago that it had less than €300m in cash remaining, having lost more than €3bn since 2000, and warned it could be forced to stop trading by the middle of the year.

Alitalia's problems include the challenge of the budget airlines easyJet and Ryanair, which both now provide stiff competition in the airline's home market, and the airline is regarded as hopelessly inefficient and over-manned.

Air France has a 3 year recovery plan for the airline, which aims to restore it to profitability by 2009. The French company plans to cut 1600 jobs, cancels unprofitable routes and eliminates inefficiencies. It has also said it will take over only part of Alitalia's ground services division, which could mean the airline faces higher job losses than previously thought.

The plans are likely to put Air France at loggerheads with Italian trades unions, which must back the deal in order for it to go ahead. The takeover also needs clearance from the Italian government, which may take some time following the collapse of the administration led by Romano Prodi in January. Air France said it expects to win approval for the deal from European Union regulators by the end of June.

In addition to the €139m purchase price, Air France has also agreed to buy out the airline's convertible bond holders for €608m, taking its total outlay to €747m. The 3 year recovery plan would be financed through a new €1bn bond issue.

The deal comes ahead of the Italian general election on 13 – 14 and would mark an end to the 60-year independence of the global Italian brand.
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Old March 28th, 2008, 08:47 PM   #83
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International Herald Tribune, March 28, 2008:
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Air France sweetens offer to Alitalia unions

ROME: Air France-KLM on Friday agreed to take on an extra 12 percent of Alitalia's ground service workers to appease unions fighting its bid for the ailing carrier but initial reaction to the new proposal was hostile.

Air France-KLM, also battling resistance from top Italian politicians and the operator of the Milan airport, says it will scrap the deal without union support. The deal is considered Alitalia's best hope of averting bankruptcy.

After an initial stalemate in negotiations with the unions, Air France-KLM on Friday unveiled plans to hire about 900 more employees of Alitalia's troubled ground services unit, according to a document seen by Reuters.

Air France-KLM would now retain 4,191 workers out of about 7,400 employees at the ground services unit, AZ Servizi, compared with 3,300 in an earlier draft.

It then plans to cut 500 positions from those taken on and still wants to reduce Alitalia's 51 percent stake in the unit.

The response from unions, which were due to meet later on Friday to discuss the new proposal ahead of talks on Monday with the French carrier and Alitalia management, was negative.

"It appears to be a plan with big cutbacks causing too many redundancies, and if it is not changed notably, I don't see much chance of it progressing," Marco Veneziani, head of the UIL union's transport section, told Italian television.

Air France-KLM confirmed plans to cut about 1,600 jobs at Alitalia's airborne operations and shut its cargo unit in 2010, drawing a sharp rebuke from the carrier's main pilots' union.

"There has not been any type of progress," said the Anpac union chief, Fabio Berti, adding that union members were ready to let the airline go bankrupt. "It is an extremely serious situation. For us pilots, the Air France-KLM plan is finished. A chapter closed."

The Franco-Dutch carrier also offered retirement benefits or the possibility of jobs with Air France-KLM to pilots and flight assistants expected to lose their jobs in its new plan.

Air France-KLM said any further concessions would undermine its plans for Alitalia, whose board is to meet Friday to discuss extending the negotiations beyond the initial March 31 deadline.

Air France-KLM has already agreed to continue talks beyond that date but Alitalia says it needs more time to study the legal and financial implications of such an extension.

Even if Air France-KLM manages to convince the unions, it still faces opposition from the Milan airport operator, SEA, which has sued Alitalia for $2 billion over plans to cut flights.

There is also a potential veto from Italy's next government if the media magnate Silvio Berlusconi wins an election in April, as opinion polls suggest.

Berlusconi has turned Alitalia's fate into an election issue by promising a rival Italian bid will emerge to thwart Air France-KLM's "unacceptable" offer. Political rivals have dismissed the idea as election rhetoric.

Alitalia shares were suspended from trade in Milan early Friday after being indicated down nearly 30 percent. They had risen sharply in recent days on talk of a rival Italian bid.

But three of the Italian companies named in a newspaper on Thursday as being interested clearly denied any involvement.

Despite Alitalia's long list of troubles - from difficult unions to tough competition from low-cost carriers - it appeals to Air France-KLM because it controls the lucrative Milan-to-Rome route and offers a foothold in heavily-visited Italy.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 09:43 PM   #84
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Talks on Air France-KLM takeover of Alitalia go into overtime

ROME (AFP) — Tense takeover talks between management at Air France-KLM and unions at struggling Italian carrier Alitalia went into overtime Monday as the Alitalia boss gave workers 24 hours to reach a "basic accord."

"We have today and tomorrow to see if a basic accord is possible, which I would refer to the board of directors and then we will decide," Maurizio Prato said, according to union sources cited by Italian news media.

As Air France-KLM made a new and possibly final push to get unions to back a bid by the European aviation giant for the nearly bankrupt Alitalia, the head of the UIL transport union, Giuseppe Caronia, left the negotiating table.

Slamming what he called a "poisonous" atmosphere at the talks because of Italy's imminent elections, Caronia said on Italian television that negotiations should be postponed until after the April 13-14 polls.

Two other unions criticised the UIL's decision, saying that negotiations were the only way to evaluate the Air France-KLM in depth.

The Franco-Dutch airline has said it will not go forward without the approval of the next government.

Air France-KLM also wants all categories of workers to accept the terms of its takeover plan before proceeding.

Outgoing opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, who is tipped to win the premiership for a third time, repeated on Monday that he would reject the Air France-KLM proposal for Alitalia, which would entail 2,100 layoffs.

Alitalia's share price, which has been on a roller coaster for the past two weeks prompting repeated trading halts, closed up 19.4 percent at 48 euro cents on Monday at the Milan stock exchange.

All nine of the unions representing Alitalia's 11,000-strong work force on Friday rejected a revised version of the government-approved takeover plan, under which the suitors sweetened severance terms and offered to absorb nearly 4,200 workers from the company's ground services unit AZ Servizi.

The original plan called for Air France-KLM to take in 3,300 workers from the AZ Servizi workforce of 7,400.

Alitalia is on the brink of bankruptcy, losing about one million euros (1.6 million dollars) a day.

The company announced on Friday, however, that it had found an additional 148 million euros in its coffers that would allow it to continue operations a few days more than forecast.

Alitalia is seeking a bridging loan of 300 million euros from the government to tide it over until the promised recapitalisation of some one billion euros promised by Air France-KLM in the takeover deal.

Air France-KLM's new plan calls for a generous severance package for about 1,600 employees to be laid off from Alitalia's flight operations and 500 from AZ Servizi, which is to be shut down in eight years.

Italy's outgoing centre-left government approved the acquisition on March 17 through a share swap that valued the Italian airline at 140 million euros.

The future of the ailing flagship company has become a key election issue ahead of the polls two weeks from now.

Berlusconi has made frequent assertions of the need for an all-Italian alternative to Air France-KLM, while the specifics of a homegrown consortium remain unclear.

On Sunday, Alitalia eliminated more than two-thirds of its flights from Milan's Malpensa airport, to the dismay of the region's politicians and industry chiefs.

The carrier cut all but 366 of the more than 1,200 flights in and out of Malpensa it operated each week. It cut 14 of its 17 inter-continental routes, keeping only New York, Sao Paulo and Tokyo.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 09:50 PM   #85
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Bloomberg, March 31, 2008:
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Air France Begins Heathrow-L.A. `Open Skies' Flights

By Andrea Rothman and Timothy Barwell

March 31 (Bloomberg) -- Air France-KLM Group began flying from London Heathrow airport to the U.S. for the first time today, becoming the first European carrier to exploit an ``Open Skies'' treaty that expands trans-Atlantic air travel.

Air France Flight 60, which left London at 5:13 p.m., helps break the hold four carriers -- British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, United and American -- have had on U.S. flights from Heathrow under a 1977 agreement. The plane is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles at 8:15 p.m. local time, and Air France will fly passengers from the California city to the U.K. capital 10 minutes later.

The French airline follows U.S. carriers Delta Air Lines Inc., Continental Airlines Inc. and Northwest Airlines Corp., which began flights into Heathrow yesterday. The airport is Europe's busiest and is attractive to other carriers as the continent's key hub for premium travel.

``The main battleground is the corporate traveler using the business-class cabin,'' said Chris Tarry, an independent airline analyst in London.

Air France's daily Heathrow-Los Angeles flight will be operated in a code-sharing agreement with Delta; both airlines are members of the SkyTeam alliance. Delta, Continental and Northwest are the third-, fourth-and fifth-largest U.S. airlines, respectively, and their Heathrow arrivals were joined by a flight from US Airways Group Inc., the No. 7 carrier.

Chaos at Heathrow

The planes landed at Heathrow at a time of chaos as British Airways Plc and BAA Ltd., the airport operator owned by Spain's Grupo Ferrovial SA, opened a new terminal.

British Airways, Europe's third-largest carrier after Air France and Deutsche Lufthansa AG, canceled 54 flights today as it processes a backlog of 15,000 pieces of stranded luggage. The airline has dropped more than 250 flights since Terminal 5 opened March 27 as it struggles to run the baggage check-in system at the intended speed.

The influx of flights means seating capacity between Heathrow and the U.S. for the summer season is up 21 percent from a year earlier, according to Aviation Economics, a London-based consulting company. Total capacity is up 3.1 percent.

``This means more competition, more frequencies, more flights -- and that's an improvement for customers,'' said Air France Chief Operating Officer Pierre-Henri Gourgeon, at a briefing today at Heathrow. Air France will offer some ``promotional fares'' on the new routes, he added.

Fare Reductions

The EU and U.S. agreed to Open Skies last year, after four years of negotiations, amid hopes the treaty would encourage competition and reduce ticket prices. The accord replaces a series of pacts between individual European countries and the U.S.

The European Union's regulatory arm estimated last March that over five years, the agreement will increase annual EU-U.S. traffic by 26 million passengers to about 73 million. It will also bring consumer savings of as much as 12 billion euros ($19 billion), the European Commission said.

Increased competition may force incumbent carriers at Heathrow to cut fares, Delta Executive Vice President Glen Hauenstein predicted today at a press conference given by Delta and Air France at Heathrow.

``It's the richest market in the trans-Atlantic and certainly increased competition will put downward pressure on fares,'' he said. ``If you're the incumbent, I'd see a lot of downward pressure.''

Fuel Crimps Benefit

Still, some experts said dramatic reductions in fares aren't in the cards.

``If anyone's looking for a price reduction overnight, that's not going to happen,'' said Patrick Murphy, a Washington consultant and deputy assistant to the transportation secretary under Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. ``The fuel cost increase will overwhelm the benefits of more competition.''

Crude oil, from which jet fuel is derived, has surged 60 percent in New York trading in the last 12 months, prompting many carriers to raise prices.

Delta's first flight into Heathrow, from New York, arrived at 9 a.m. London time yesterday, followed by a trip from Atlanta. The service is part of a revenue-sharing partnership with Air France announced in October.

``Being able to add Heathrow to our portfolio was absolutely key for our corporate customers,'' said Armin Venencie, Delta's regional manager for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, in a telephone interview.

Airline Cooperation

Air France and Delta have a combined market share of about 20 percent in their joint venture for flights across the Atlantic, Gourgeon said today.

Two Air France partners in the SkyTeam alliance, KLM and Northwest, also have a trans-Atlantic venture. The four airlines have applied for permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to have four-way antitrust immunity, which would allow all the carriers to share information and revenue.

Opportunities to fly from Heathrow are limited by a flight schedule that's already at 99 percent of capacity, forcing carriers to pay top dollar for operating rights. Continental paid $209 million for four pairs of takeoff and landing slots.

Continental's first flights March 30 were from New Jersey's Newark Liberty airport and Houston, its headquarters city, while Eagan, Minnesota-based Northwest flew from Minneapolis. US Airways flew from its Philadelphia hub.

British Airways

Open Skies also gives European Union carriers the right to fly to the U.S. from any of the bloc's countries instead of just their home nations. British Airways plans to start a subsidiary called OpenSkies to fly between Paris and New York from June.

British Airways has shifted some trans-Atlantic services to Heathrow from London Gatwick as Open Skies lets it fly to more U.S. destinations than previously allowed.

EU governments say they may suspend rights for U.S. airlines if the countries don't reach a second-stage Open Skies agreement allowing greater access to North America. Discussions on the second stage, which would allow European carriers to fly domestic U.S. routes and acquire more than 50 percent of a U.S. airline, begin May 15.

``The view from this side of the Atlantic is that the Americans are the big winners,'' said John Strickland, director of London-based aviation specialist JLS Consulting, in a Bloomberg Television interview. ``Europe has given away the family silver.''
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Old March 31st, 2008, 10:09 PM   #86
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Air France, March 28, 2008 :
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Paris-Charles de Gaulle: a number of Air France flights operated at the new Terminal 2E

Starting from Sunday 30 March 2008, a number of Air France medium-haul and long-haul flights will start progressively to arrive at and depart from the new Terminal 2E at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The 10 on-stand parking gates will handle over 80% of long-haul flights departing from and arriving at the parking stands at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Terminal.

► Destinations concerned:

With effect from Sunday 30 March 2008, flights to the following Air France destinations will be operated out of Terminal 2E: Amman, Atlanta, Bamako, Bangalore, Bangkok, Beijing, Belgrade, Boston, Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Casablanca, Chicago, Cincinnati, Conakry, Dakar, Damascus, Detroit, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Hong-Kong, Houston, Istanbul, London-Heathrow, Los Angeles, Mexico, Miami, Montreal, Moscow, Mumbai, Newark, New Delhi, New York JFK, Ouagadougou, Papeete, Philadelphia, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-Harcourt, Rabat, Rio de Janeiro, Saint Petersburg, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo, Seattle, Singapore, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Washington and Yerevan.

From Tuesday 29 April 2008, Air France flights to the following destinations will also be handled at Terminal 2E: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Johannesburg, London City, Manchester, Newcastle, Seoul, Shannon, Southampton and Zagreb.

[1] The following SkyTeam member airlines will use the new Terminal 2E: Air France, Aeroflot, AeroMexico, Delta, China Southern, Korean Air, Northwest Airlines.
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KLM began new daily A330 service from Amsterdam to Dallas/Fort Worth Sunday, March 30.

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AviationRecord.com, April 3, 2008 :
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Unions kill Air France-KLM bid to buy Alitalia


SYDNEY, April 3: Intransigent Italian trade union leaders may have spelt the end for stricken airline Alitalia.

International media agencies are reporting that Air-France KLM have "walked away" from its planned takeover of Alitalia after failing to agree on post-merger conditions with Alitalia's trade unions.

Alitalia subsequently announced its chairman - Maurizio Prato - had resigned and called an extraordinary board meeting to consider its next move. In an extraordinary comment, Prato said the airline "was cursed".
"Only an exorcist can save it," he is reported to have told unionists.

With the airline on the brink of bankruptcy, the unions may well have spelled its death.

In a statement, Air France-KLM said it "regretted" the breakdown of talks but "conditions did not exist for further negotiations".

The unions were attempting to dictate terms of Alitalia's ongoing operations after the takeover. They were demanding it retain a 51% stake in its ground service unit, which is running at a substantial loss, to accelerate a cargo plane acquisition program and to maintain the cargo division in future.

Support from Italy's often-militant trade unionists was always a condition of Air France-KLM's offer for the business, which appeared to be greatest hope for its rescue: the two airlines already code share on some flights, cross-represent each other in international ticket offices, and co-operate in other ways.

But Air France-KLM had made union support a condition for wrapping up the deal, and Alitalia has said any further delays in talks would worsen its already precarious finances. It is currently losing more than one million Euro a day.

The most likely next course is that Italy's government, the largest shareholder with a 49.9% stake, will place the business in emergency administration, with the appointed administrator left to decide whether to continue trading, break it up or close it down.

Opponents of the sale were celebrating - even in the face of almost certain doom.

"News that Air France has abandoned the talks, hopefully for good, is very positive - that deal was neither positive for Alitalia nor for Malpensa (Milan's airpot)," said Northern League leader Roberto Maroni, an ally of opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi who heavily criticised the sale.

Malpensa is opposed because Alitalia has ceded a large number of landing slots pre-sale, undermining the financial viability of the airport.

According to the International Herald Tribune newspaper, Air France-KLM began Wednesday's talks by offering to reconsider in 2009 its decision to shut Alitalia's cargo unit, to reviewthe acceleration of plans to buy new planes and to let its Atitech unit go on providing heavy maintenance work beyond 2010, union sources at the meeting said.

"But the unions demanded more," reported the newspaper. Negotiators told unions they would take their proposal to the board, but doubted it would be accepted, the union sources said.

Air France-KLM planned to shut the cargo unit in 2010.

Meanwhile, Italy's Economy Minister Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa had earlir ruled out a bid for the airline by private Italian businessmen - as advocated by Berlusconi - calling it "impossible" and not a solution for an airline in need of deep restructuring.
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AIR FRANCE KLM, April 2, 2008 :
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When it submitted its final offer on 14 March this year, Air France-KLM clearly indicated that the offer was contingent on prior agreement with the trade unions representative of the majority of the various categories of Alitalia employees (ground staff, flight crews); this agreement concerned the implementation of the Alitalia restructuring plan and its related severance measures. Air France-KLM know from experience that in the airline industry no restructuring plan has ever succeeded if it was not first agreed by employees. Consequently, Air France-KLM has always considered that the Alitalia industrial plan would have no chance of success unless it had the backing of the trade unions representing Alitalia's workforce.

After several lengthy negotiation sessions, the trade unions today formulated a new proposal corresponding to a totally different framework to the one in which Air France-KLM had restricted itself since Autumn 2007.

In formal terms, Air France-KLM was thus regretfully forced to accept that there was no longer any basis for further negotiations. This is because Air France-KLM has no mandate from its Board of Directors to follow up this new proposal. As regards content, the new proposal, which would involve retaining a number of activities generating large scale-losses within the Alitalia group, seems incompatible with the target of a rapid return to profit.

Chairman Spinetta said: "I regretfully acknowledge the breakdown in negotiations, which is none of our doing. This is a project I have profoundly believed in and continue to do so, because it would have ensured Alitalia a rapid return to profitable growth”.
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and all the staff at Air France/KLM heave a big sigh of relief....
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I don't really understand your post... You're entitled not to like KLM, but you could at least say why.
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Air France-KLM warns of challenging year ahead

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PARIS (AP) — Air France-KLM said Thursday it expects the coming year to be "challenging" amid sharply higher oil prices and a sluggish global economy which contributed to a net loss in its fiscal fourth quarter.

Europe's largest airline said in a statement that it lost 542 million euros ($853.81 million) in the three months ending March 31, compared with a profit of 44 million euros a year earlier.

CEO Jean-Cyril Spinetta said the group expects operating profit for the coming fiscal year to fall as skyrocketing fuel costs cloud the outlook for the industry.

Oil prices are setting new records nearly every day, and on Thursday hit an all-time high above $135 a barrel before falling back.

Shares fell 9.1 percent to 16.95 euros ($26.82) in Paris midday trade.

Petercam analyst Thijs Berkelder said investors are selling the stock because Air France-KLM's forecast is worse than expected. But he noted that the outlook is "much better than what most airlines can demonstrate."

"They can keep a profit while others will dive into losses," he said,

The Franco-Dutch group said it expects operating profit — a measure of earnings from ongoing operations — to fall to 1 billion euros ($1.58 billion) in the coming year from 1.4 billion euros ($2.21 billion) in its latest fiscal year.

In the quarter, Air France-KLM said it had an operating loss of 46 million euros ($72.46 million) after a profit of 9 million euros a year earlier.

For the full year, Air France-KLM reported a 16 percent drop in net profit to 748 million euros ($1,178.32 million) from 891 million euros.

Results were hurt by an exceptional charge of 530 million euros ($8,34.91 million) which the airline group took to cover possible penalties arising from an antitrust probe into airline cargo activities.

Spinetta said the soaring cost of fuel means the industry is in for a "profound transformation," predicting capacity reductions, the acceleration of mergers and the exit of some players from the market.

Spinetta pointed to the carrier's young fleet of fuel-efficient aircraft, fuel hedging that softens impact of record oil prices, and synergies from the merger of Air France and KLM.

"We have strong qualities to come out of this reinforced," he said at a Paris news conference.

ABN Amro analyst Andrew Lobbenberg said Air France-KLM stands to gain market share as weaker players fall out of the market.

"It's going to be ugly but they are going to come through it," he said.

To compensate for higher oil prices, some airlines raised ticket prices again last week. Air France, which operates separately from its Dutch partner KLM, announced its 17th fuel-related hike.

Airlines paying about 82 percent more for jet fuel than they did a year ago.

Air France-KLM said its yearly fuel bill rose 7.4 percent to 4.57 billion euros ($7.2 billion). In the coming fiscal year, Calavia said he expects the fuel bill to rise by an extra 1.2 billion euros ($1.89 billion).

Quarterly revenue rose 5.8 percent to 5.7 billion euros ($8.98 billion), and was up 4.5 percent to 24.1 billion euros ($37.96 billion) in the full year, the company said.
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Forbes.com, July 7, 2008:
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Air France-KLM June traffic up 2.6 percent; load factor down 1.2 points

PARIS (Thomson Financial) - Air France-KLM said passenger traffic rose 2.6 percent year-on-year in June, but a bigger 4.1 percent increase in capacity caused its load factor to fall 1.2 points to 81.5 percent.

The airline group said it faced an unfavourable comparison with June 2007, when traffic was boosted by the Paris Air Show and Vinexpo, and was also affected by an air traffic control strike at Orly airport.

The carrier said it recorded a further rise in yield, excluding currency effects, 'underpinned by premium traffic which remained robust'.

The group carried a total of 6.8 million passengers in June, up 1.3 percent.

On the Americas network, traffic was up 2.3 percent while capacity rose by 4.8 percent, yielding a 2.1 point drop in the load factor to 86.5 percent.

The Asia network saw traffic increase 2.1 percent and capacity rise 7.1 percent, producing a 4.1 point decrease in the load factor to 83.3 percent. Air France-KLM said the lower load factor reflected the impact on volumes of the recent earthquake in China.

On the Africa and Middle East network, traffic rose by 5.8 percent, ahead of the 3.8 percent increase in capacity, leading to a 1.5 point rise in the load factor to 79.9 percent.

The Caribbean and Indian Ocean network saw a 1.9 percent rise in traffic and a 1.1 percent rise in capacity, yielding a 0.6 point increase in the load factor to 76.8 percent.

Air France-KLM's European network saw a 1.9 percent progression in traffic on a 1.8 percent increase in capacity, leading to a stable load factor of 75.2 percent (up 0.1 point).

In its cargo business, Air France-KLM said traffic fell 1.5 percent while capacity rose 1.8 percent, producing a 2.2 point drop in the load factor to 65.4 percent.

The carrier reiterated its adjusted forecasts, announced on Friday, for capacity in the year ahead. It expects an increase in capacity for its winter flight programme of around 2 percent, followed by a similar increase for summer 2009.

The general secretary of the group's central works council told Agence France-Presse that Air France had originally planned a 4 percent capacity increase for the winter period, a figure which the Air France-KLM declined to confirm.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 07:57 PM   #95
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carrentals.co.uk, July 24, 2008
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Air France cuts fares for US travellers

Air France is cutting its fares to European destinations, as well as to several in the Middle East, as part of an extended seat sale offer. The French flag carrier clearly realizes that fare cuts at a time when travel news often feature headlines of ticket price hikes due to fuel costs, will make waves among prospective passengers. In order to buy the discounted tickets, however, clients must be sure to make their reservation online, or using Air France’s US-based 1-800 number no later than August 5th, 2008. The actual flight may take place any time between September 1st and October 29th, thus making this promotional ideal for those looking for autumn travel.

The lowest fares are, not surprisingly, available on the popular New York City to Paris route, which now costs only $314 each way, provided that the passenger purchases a roundtrip ticket. Those looking to travel from Philadelphia to Madrid can find Air France tickets for $353, although it is important to point out that this trip involves making a connection in Paris.

As with all discounted fares, there are a handful of restrictions that apply to this one as well. For example, a Saturday night stay-over is required and the passenger must be sure to return back home no later than one month after the date of departure. Additionally, these are not flexible tickets and as such, it is only possible to make any changes for a $200 fee, not including any increases to the ticket price. One key advantage, however, is that the fuel surcharge is already included in the originally quoted ticket price, so passengers need not worry about an inflated total when they book online.
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Air France, Veolia move closer to rail deal-report

PARIS, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Air France-KLM and Veolia will create a single company aimed at providing TGV links in continental Europe, Le Parisien reported on Monday.

The first trips would take place from Jan. 1 2010, the date when competition in rail transport is to open.

Air France-KLM said at the beginning of July that it was in discussions with Veolia about a partnership to create a new high-speed rail player in Europe.

No one was immediately available for comment at Air France or Veolia.

Veolia's shares were up 2.88 percent at 33.6 euros per share, while Air France KLM was up 3.3 percent at 17.22 euros.
(Reporting by Vanessa Walters; Editing by Quentin Bryar)

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Air France getting into high speed trains business: the reactions on the Libération forum are priceless ! Viva la revolucion!
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Corporate.airfrance.com, October 1st, 2008:
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Air France celebrates its 75th Anniversary on 7 October 2008



Air France is celebrating its 75th anniversary on 7 October 2008, commemorating its rise, since it was founded in 1933, to the position of one of the word’s greatest and most prestigious airlines.

Two books will be published to mark this occasion:

- the first, written by Philippe-Michel Thibault and Anaïs Leclerc, published by Gallimard as part of its prestigious Decouvertes collection, retraces 75 years of the Air France story; (128 pages, 12.50 euros). The book has been on sale since 2 October 2008.

- the second presents 75 recipes from Guy Martin, Head Chef of the prestigious Paris restaurant, Le Grand Véfour, and creator of the l’Espace Première menus of Air France since 2004. The book will be on sale as from 9 October 2008 in the Beaux Livres collection, published by Cherche Midi (176 pages, 49 euros).

► Until 31 December 2008, Air France will be advertising on the façade of the Grand Palais: a canvas cover of 540 sq.m. advertising Air France has been installed on the 6,000 sq.m. of scaffolding on the façade of the Grand Palais facing the Seine and undergoing renovation work.

► Every week, since 14 August 2008, Air France has been screening 10 video films on its corporate website www.corporate.airfrance.com, each one recounting a chapter of the airline’s history. The films combine scenes from the past and the present.

Programme until 24 October 2008:

“The Air France fleet”
“Life on board”
“Maintenance”
“Pilots” and ”Flight attendants”
“Ramp activity”
“Sales Force”
“Cargo” from 3 to 10 October 2008
“Airports” from 10 to 17 October 2008
“Air France Yesterday and Today” from 17 to 24 October 2008

► Furthermore, the website www.airfrancelasaga.com recounts the entire history of Air France through images from the archives.

Over time, Air France has embodied the image of an innovative, groundbreaking company. In the face of political and economic uncertainties, it has always been able to adapt so as to take an active part in the changing landscape of air transport.

In the 1950s, Air France boasted the longest network in the world, and in the 1960s, it incorporated the first jets in its fleet, such as the Caravelle and Boeing 707. In 1970, Air France was one of the first airlines to put the world’s biggest passenger aircraft into service, the Boeing 747.

In the 1990s, Air France overcame a tough operating environment by setting up the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, streamlining its network and fleet and reworking its ground and inflight products.

In the early 2000s, Air France weathered a series of crises which hit the air transport sector, such as the 9/11 attacks and the SARS epidemic in Asia.

In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to become the world’s leading airline by revenue. This merger heralded the restructuring of the European airline business.

Over time, Air France has also developed the image of an airline embodying the French lifestyle: cabin comfort and design, gourmet meals and designer tableware, discreet and attentive inflight service, and elegant flight attendants with uniforms designed by Dior, Balenciaga and even Christian Lacroix.

Facts and figures :

Number of Air France aircraft:

- 1933: 259 aircraft
- 2007-2008: 411 aircraft

Number of passengers carried:

- 1933: 52,100
- 2007-2008: 75 million (Air France and KLM)

Example of the France – Saigon route:

- 1933: from Marseille to Beirut by the Cams 53 seaplane via Naples, Corfu, Athens and Castelrosso. From Beirut to Damascus by car. From Damascus to Baghdad by Breguet 284 T, and finally by Fokker VII to Saigon with stops in Djask, Karachi, Jodhpur, Allahabad, Calcutta, Rangoon, Angkor and Bangkok. The trip lasted 10 days!
- 2008: direct Paris-Ho Chi Minh City flight with one stop in Bangkok. Flight time: 14 hours and 30 minutes.
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Corporate.airfrance.com, October 3, 2008 :
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Air France and Air Mauritius strengthen their Partnership

Manoj R K Ujoodha, G.O.S.K., Chairman of Air Mauritius and Jean-Cyril Spinetta, Chairman and CEO of Air France, today signed a new agreement in Port-Louis for an initial five-year period aimed at strengthening the partnership between the two airlines.

This new agreement replaces the one signed on 21 October 1998 which focused more specifically on the Paris – Mauritius route, as the two airlines operate up to 17 weekly non-stop flights between Mauritius and Paris.

Since 1 October 2008, the agreement has gradually been extended to other destinations served by the two airlines. Air Mauritius will be able to add its code to Air France flights connecting in Paris-CDG to Europe, Israel and North Africa and reciprocally, Air France will be able to add its code to Air Mauritius flights connecting in Mauritius.

In addition to the 24 destinations it already serves, Air Mauritius can now offer its customers daily code-shared flights via the Paris-CDG hub at the best possible fares between Mauritius and over 35 new destinations in France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Russia, Austria and Italy. Other destinations will later be added to Air Mauritius’ offering and Air France will be able to provide its customers with flights via the hub in Mauritius on the Air Mauritius network in the Indian Ocean.

The agreement will also encourage joint development and will harmonize the various ranges of products and services offered to customers of both airlines, both in-flight and on the ground, especially at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam airport in Mauritius and at Paris-Charles de Gaulle.
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Corporate.airfrance.com, September 12, 2008 :
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Air France awarded the Prize for the Best Single Achievement in 2008 for its Innovative Inflight Entertainment Offer


The «World Airline Entertainment Association» (WAEA) has just awarded Air France the prize for the best single achievement in 2008 in Los Angeles. This prestigious prize recompenses the performance achieved by Air France in terms of inflight entertainment over the last 12 months.


Individual video-on-demand extended to all cabins

In November 2007, Air France proposed a new system of video-on-demand to its customers on long-haul flights, which enabled it to increase the content of its inflight entertainment programme ten times over. The meticulous selection of 500 hours of programmes led to the production of some very original entertainment, some of which was exclusive and totally original. Air France has always wanted all its customers to enjoy inflight entertainment and, to this end, it has phased in personal video systems in all long-haul cabins. With over 30,000 screens, Air France is Europe’s leading carrier to offer as many seats fitted with personal video systems.

The new inflight entertainment programme
  • A choice of 85 films, in video-on-demand, some of which are translated into 9 languages (German, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese) as well as films in their original language including Tamil, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian, etc.
  • The best of today’s TV series (Heroes, Desperate Housewives, etc. with one complete season per year), video magazines dedicated to travel, cultural discoveries, gracious living, etc.
  • Ongoing news bulletins, from every angle: economic, special events and sports news with a daily recap produced by Equipe TV. TV news bulletins are adapted to each destination such as NHK for Japan, CCTV for China, KBS for Korea and recently BBC for London/Los Angeles. In addition, French news programmes screened in French (France 2) and in English (Euronews) are shown on each flight. The weather report for the world’s capitals is also presented.
  • Games and amusements, adapted to every age with an audio-video programme and cartoons, etc. for the younger passengers, and chess, solitaire, and even personalized programmes such as learning a language with Berlitz (23 languages) or relaxation exercises for the older ones.
  • Music of every kind to create your own world with 23 music channels, video clips, and, exclusive to Air France, the live music programme «Taratata» which is highly appreciated by international performers. Furthermore, customers can choose from 200 CDs (over 3,000 titles) to create a special programme of their favourite music during their trip.
  • Air France in a nutshell groups all useful information about the Company’s services (Unaccompanied Minors, passengers with reduced mobility, time-saving services, etc.), the Flying Blue frequent flyer programme, on-board shopping, etc.

In addition, thanks to the Geovision programme, customers will enjoy discovering some of the landscapes overflown, thanks to selected satellite photos produced by the European Space Agency (ESA ), exclusively for Air France.


Using cell phones on board


In January 2008, Air France launched its first flight where passengers were able to use their cell phone with no risk of interfering with radio navigation instruments. To try out this new technology, an Airbus 318 fitted with an on-board telephone system «Mobile On Air» flew all over Europe for 6 months. To begin with, the trials focused on data exchange (SMS, MMS or e-mails) but were then extended to vocal exchanges. Air France is currently analysing comments from customers and crew members.
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