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Old January 12th, 2009, 10:34 PM   #121
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Air France colors are very well known, simple and elegant. I don't see any reason to change and lots of brand equity to lose by a change.
What an irony, the cultural capital of Europe has an Airline with a not at all artistic livery!!
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Old January 13th, 2009, 02:29 PM   #122
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klm is the most stupid aviation comnpany!
It's one of the bigest, oldest and nicest so I don't understand why.

I also realy like the KLM colour and logo. It's simple and nice.





Some nice (old) KLM commercial posters;

















Translation: You discover the USA with KLM.


Translation: I want to become a KLM pilot.


Translation: It was nicer inside. "KLM flies with heated airplanes".


Edit: KLM is the oldest airline in the world still operating under it's original name. Founded in 1919.

For example, American Airlines was founded in 1930 and Air France was founded in 1933.
Some say the Australian airline company Qantas is the oldest, but Qantas was founded in 1920.
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Old January 14th, 2009, 05:43 PM   #123
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PARIS, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Air France KLM (AIRF.PA), which this week announced the purchase of a 25 percent stake in Italian carrier Alitalia (AZPIa.MI), is also looking at Scandinavian airline SAS (SAS.ST), according to French paper La Tribune.

"SAS has begun an informal consultation process and has contacted us," an internal Air France KLM source told La Tribune, in an article due to appear in Wednesday's edition of the paper.

Air France KLM officials could not be reached immediately for comment and SAS declined to comment on the report.

"We confirm, as we have done earlier, that we are in a process where we are looking at structural possibilities, that discussions are ongoing concerning structural measures," said SAS spokeswoman Elisabeth Manzi.

In September, sources told Reuters that Germany's Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) was in talks to buy troubled SAS, which has long been tipped as a takeover target.

Like others in the industry, SAS -- half of which is owned by Sweden, Norway and Denmark -- has been forced to contend with cut-price rivals and overcapacity.

La Tribune reported that Air France KLM considered SAS as an "interesting" opportunity, but was worried by SAS's financial position.

SAS signed a preliminary deal in December to sell a majority stake in its loss-making Spanair unit. Earlier this week, SAS posted a 12.5 percent year-on-year fall in December passenger traffic and said it expected to cut capacity further this year. (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; additional reporting by Anna Ringstrom in Stockholm; editing by Leslie Gevirtz)
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Old January 14th, 2009, 11:53 PM   #124
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I hope SAS is sold soon
I wonder who'll take it.
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Old January 15th, 2009, 02:26 AM   #125
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lovely KLM commercials
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Old January 15th, 2009, 04:14 PM   #126
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KLM celebrates 90th year with 'retro' 737

By David Kaminski-Morrow

Dutch carrier KLM has become the latest airline to adopt a retro-style livery, painting a Boeing 737-800 in a historic scheme to mark the company's 90th anniversary.

Several airlines argue that they are the world's oldest, but KLM's particular claim is to be the oldest airline still operating under its original brand.

It was founded on 7 October 1919, and within five years had expanded from regional routes to serving its first intercontinental destination in Indonesia. It began transatlantic operations, to Curacao, in 1934.

The airline stopped services during the Second World War but resumed in September 1945 and has been operating since.

KLM's SkyTeam partner Air France has also painted a 'retro' scheme on one of its aircraft, to mark its 75th anniversary. Several other carriers - such as Lufthansa, SAS, Finnair and Iberia - have similarly used commemorative designs in their fleets.

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Old January 27th, 2009, 04:57 PM   #127
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Air France-KLM posts quarterly loss

PARIS (AFP) — Franco-Dutch carrier Air France-KLM, Europe's biggest airline, said Wednesday that it suffered an operating loss of 200 million euros in the last three months of 2008.

Following its third quarter loss, the company said "it was unable at this stage to make a comment on the forecasts for (for the full year to March 2008) predicting a positive outcome that have been circulating in the market."

The actual full-year result "will depend on how the economic situation develops and especially on the cargo operations which are facing difficult times, as recent figures have shown," Air France-KLM said.

In November and December, Air France-KLM reported the sharpest ever falls in cargo traffic -- at 13.2 percent and 20.4 percent respectively -- since the company was formed in 2004.

Full results for the group are due February 13.

In a statement Tuesday, it said that "the deterioration in the economic climate in the third quarter has led to a slight weakening" in passenger volume and "a strong deterioration in cargo revenue."

While the full-year should be profitable, how profitable "will depend on how the economic situation evolves in the weeks to come," it said.
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KLM To Introduce New Ladies’ Uniform


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will introduce a new ladies’ uniform for its 11,000-plus cabin and ground personnel, as well as for female pilots serving KLM and KLM Cityhopper.
As of April 2010, they will wear uniforms created by Dutch fashion designer Mart Visser.

KLM feels the time is ripe for a new ladies’ uniform that reflects current trends in couture. The uniform will retain the KLM blue colour introduced in 1971. “We are proud of the staff who bring the blue of our airline to life,” said Peter Hartman, KLM President & CEO. “By making this investment under the prevailing economic circumstances, we underscore our faith in the future and in the KLM brand.”

The selected designer’s philosophy closely matches that of KLM. Mart Visser: “I see corporate uniforms as a company’s statement to the outside world. The wearer should feel comfortable in my creation, further strengthening the KLM image.” Mart Visser’s designs are functional and timeless, displaying his signature style, which may be characterised as fresh, open and confident. “The great thing about my design is that it will contribute to the wearer’s sense of pride and pleasure. This will have a positive effect on passengers travelling with KLM, which is exactly what we hope to achieve.”

The current planning is to present the entire collection in October 2009. The new uniform will become visible on the ground and on board in April 2010. The existing ladies’ uniform was presented in 1990. Mart Visser’s design will be KLM’s 10th ladies uniform since the first was introduced in 1935. The new men’s uniform, introduced in 2000, was designed by Oger.


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Air France-KLM Cargo suspends Guangzhou service


Air France-KLM Cargo has suspended its twice-weekly B747-400 freighter service between Paris and Guangzhou, in southern China, with immediate effect.

“Business is not good enough presently to maintain the flights so we’ve suspended them awaiting better days,” an Air France Cargo spokesman told IFW.

He underlined that the move had no bearing whatsoever on AF-KLM Cargo’s joint-venture with China Southern. “The JV is a long term strategic issue for us and for China Southern and one that has nothing to do with the current worldwide economic situation affecting the (air cargo) trade.”
The spokesman said he had no information on whether the AF-KLM Cargo was cutting capacity on other routes to China, or elsewhere in Asia or on major routes generally.

“We continue to fly where we were already flying,” he went on to say.

Last month, cargo traffic, measured in freight tonne km (FTK), fell by 29.2% on AF-KLM Cargo’s Asian routes and was down 20.4% globally.

Earlier this week, the company announced it predicted an operating loss in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 partly due to a strong decline in cargo revenue.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 08:47 PM   #131
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Air France, KLM and West-Jet sign commercial alliance


LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Air France KLM and Canadian low-cost airline WestJet Airlines on Thursday said they have signed a memorandum of understanding to build a new commercial relationship. The deal will see the airlines start to build a code-sharing agreement in late 2009 or early 2010. Possibilities for future frequent flyer program cooperation will be explored as well. Air France and KLM said the agreement is a great opportunity for them to strengthen their position in services to Canada.
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KLM to reorganise budget operations


KLM is to merge its Martinair and Transavia units into a specialist budget airline division, each operating under their own names, the Telegraaf reports on Thursday.

Both budget airlines are 100%-owned by KLM and will be given a single management board. The reorganisation is necessary because of the effect of the economic crisis as well as the new taxes on flying introduced last year.
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Air France to cut capacity as traffic growth slows


PARIS, Feb 2 (Reuters) - French carrier Air France expects to cut capacity by between 1 and 2 percent in the coming summer season, it said on Monday, as it seeks to manage the impact of slowing traffic growth triggered by the economic downturn. Parent Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA), Europe's biggest airline, had said in November it planned to increase capacity across the group by between 1 and 2 percent this summer but gave no separate targets for its French and Dutch units.

French daily Les Echos on Monday cited group Chief Executive Pierre-Henri Gourgeon as saying the reduction was planned across the group.

But a spokeswoman said his comments, made on Friday at an industry conference, applied only to Air France. She was unable to comment on Dutch business KLM's capacity plans.

Les Echos also cited an unnamed source as saying the group's third-quarter operating loss would be around 220 million euros

($283 million) and that a similar loss would follow in the fourth quarter.

Air France-KLM had warned last month that the tough economic environment was likely to lead to a 200 million euro operating loss in the third quarter but said it hoped to post a positive result for fiscal 2008/09.

The Air France-KLM spokeswoman said she was unable to comment on earnings prospects ahead of the group's third-quarter results, due on Feb. 13.

Air France-KLM shares were 4.4 percent lower at 7.18 euros by 1041 GMT, underperforming a 1.7 percent decline in the DJ Stoxx travel and leisure index .

Spanish rival Iberia (IBLA.MC), in exclusive merger talks with British Airways (BAY.L) to create a bigger competitor to Air France-KLM, said last week it would cut total capacity by 1.7 percent this year.
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Air France Begins Daily Flight At PH Int’l Airport Soon


Airfrance says it will commence daily flight schedule from Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa in April.

The District Manager, Eastern Nigeria, Mr Yann Gibert, who disclosed this to our aviation correspondent said the company would commence operations using jumbo aircraft as soon as the Aviation Ministry approved the traffic movement of bigger aircraft for the airport.

Mr Gibert, who said that the flight company would soon commence cargo movement at the airport, also commended the customers for their patronage.

Soon, he said passengers would not need transit visa any more as air travellers would be taken to their destinations in any part of Europe.

The eastern district manager of the airline noted that the aviation market has not been so fruitful when compared to market indices of the last two years. He, however, assured that the airline would continue to service the Eastern Zone because of its position in aviation industry.

Mr Gibert said the airline is currently enjoying the monopoly at the airport as the only international flight operating from the airport and noted that it would continue to contribute to the growth of the nation’s aviation.

Currently, the airline is operating at the Port Harcourt Airport with its smaller aircraft from Charles de Guille Airport, France, and it operates Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
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Air France-KLM January traffic falls


PARIS, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) reported a 1.9 percent drop in passenger traffic in January, led by falls in Europe driven by bad weather, and a drop of more than 20 percent in underlying cargo traffic for the second month running.

Europe's largest airline said on Monday a "deterioration in the operating environment weighed on activity" despite the removal of seats from the market. And the economic crisis continued to hit business traffic, driving down unit revenues.

The passenger load factor, or proportion of seats sold, fell 0.5 percentage points to 76.6 percent after the traffic drop was only partially offset by a 1.2 percent cut in capacity.

Air France-KLM shares opened down 1 percent at 8.035 euros. France's benchmark CAC-40 index .FCHI was down 0.8 percent.

In Europe, where snow led to the temporary closure of some airports, traffic fell 7.9 percent with capacity down 6.7 percent. Asia traffic fell 3.9 percent while traffic on American routes grew 1.9 percent.

In cargo, which has been hit by a slump in trade due to the economic crisis, underlying traffic fell by 23.3 percent and capacity was reduced by 10.4 percent in January.

The resulting load factor dropped 9 points to 53.5 percent.

Including cargo activities of Martinair, consolidated from Jan. 1, cargo traffic fell 1.2 percent with capacity up by 10.9 percent and a load factor of 55.6 percent.

Cargo traffic had fallen 20.4 percent in December.

The head of airports body ACI Europe told Reuters on Friday 2009 would be an "annus horribilis" after passenger traffic dropped 7.7 percent year-on-year in December and freight plunged more than 21 percent. [ID:nL6295736]

The organisation is particularly worried about freight traffic, which fell 21.4 percent year-on-year in December and is seen as an indicator of the strength of international trade.

As a barometer of the way the economy is affecting aviation, cargo data could point to further declines in passenger traffic in coming months, the official said.

Analysts have said the slump in cargo traffic could dominate Air France-KLM's third-quarter earnings due on Friday.

In a profit warning in January, Air France-KLM said it would post an Oct-Dec operating loss of some 200 million euros.

It said it still expected an operating profit for the full year ending Mar. 31, but that the level would depend on how the economy treated its activities, notably the cargo business.

The Franco-Dutch group withdrew detailed full-year forecasts in November after warning in October that it would miss its 2008-09 operating profit goal of 1 billion euros.
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PARIS: French aviation authorities say Paris' three airports will close for 14 hours because of a severe windstorm.

The civil aviation authority says Paris' Charles de Gaulle, Orly and Le Bourget airports will close from 8 p.m. (1900 GMT, 3 p.m. EST) Monday and remain closed until 10 a.m. (0900 GMT, 4 a.m. EST) Tuesday.

The storm is expected to bring winds reaching up to 60 mph (100 kph).

A statement says that such gusts could pose a safety threat to air traffic. No further details were immediately available.


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Air France’s visual identity is changing.

The new logo – designed by the Brandimage agency – is now just one word, highlighting Air France’s ambition to be an international brand since over half of Air France's customer base is located outside of France.

The national colours (blue, white and red) remain present on the aircraft’s tail fin and fuselage, underlining not just the airline’s French identity, but also its values and history which it has been proudly displaying for the past 75 years:

* navy blue, predominant since the birth of Air France, evokes the brand’s historical capital and the airline’s efficiency,
* white, the colour of excellence, suggests well-being and the French travel experience,
* the bright red accent, punctuates and energizes the brand, underlining both French chic and the attention paid to Air France customers by the airline’s staff, both on the ground and on board.

To limit costs, the changes to aircraft will be made gradually. Aircraft will be painted with the new livery during fleet maintenance operations, and new aircraft will be rolled out with the new logo.
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Can't wait to see the new colors on the A380 and B777. I like it.
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