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Old April 3rd, 2009, 10:17 AM   #161
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David Cenciotti's weblog, April 1, 2009 :
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New SkyTeam livery

On Apr. 1, flight Delta DL74, a B764ER with registration N844MH, from Atlanta to Milano Malpensa was the first commercial flight of a plane sporting the new Sky Team livery. The livery, designed by Brandimage-Desgrippes & Laga was inspired to the alliance logo and is made by a silver fuselage with a dark blue tail with the SkyTeam logo in white. Between the wing and the tail there’s large dark blue “lace” slighlty angled (goes from top to bottom). In the forward part of the fuselage, between the cockpit and the leading edge of the wings, above the row of windows there’s a large “SKYTEAM” text in blue; below the windows there’s the red Delta logo and “DELTA” text in dark blue.
Delta was the first company to wear the new livery but all the SkyTeam fleet will introduce an aircraft with the new livery before the end of 2009. Nine aircraft will get the new livery with the following timeline:

* Delta B767-400 Mar. 2009
* Aeroméxico B767-200 May 2009
* Alitalia B767-300 Apr. 2009
* Czech Airlines ATR42 Apr. 2009
* Air France B777-300 Jun. 2009
* China Southern B777-200ER Jun. 2009
* KLM B777-300 Aug. 2009
* Aeroflot A330-200 Nov. 2009
* Korean Air A330 Oct. 2009

It takes 10 days, on average, to customize the aircraft with the new livery. Each aircraft gets 3 layers of paint: base, color and finish. The B767-400 required 265 lt. of paint (of which, 151.5 silver colour for the fuselage, 75.5 lt. of grey for the wings and 7.85 lt. of dark blue colour paint for the lace and SkyTeam logo). The aircraft made its debut on the day the alliance, at the end of the Steering Commitee, announced a new centralized management organization (based in Amsterdam and responsible for marketing activities, sales, relationships, cargo, advertising, branding finance, corporate communication), a new product, “SkyTeam Italy Pass” (that enables passengers flying to Italy with intercontinental round-trip tickets to have advantageous fares on Alitalia and AirOne domestic routes) and an update about the London Heathrow Terminal 4 project (with the expected dedicated lounge and renewal of the check-in area).
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Old April 4th, 2009, 05:21 AM   #162
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any pic of the SkyTeam 767 landed in Milan?

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Old April 4th, 2009, 10:01 PM   #163
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Here we go the Skyteam alliance livery Delta's 767 :



in Milan, bad weather :






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Old April 5th, 2009, 08:47 PM   #164
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Air France-KLM Skyteam liveries :

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Old April 7th, 2009, 04:40 AM   #165
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what about the AZ one?

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New B77W in new AF C/S, Everett:



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Old April 7th, 2009, 10:38 AM   #166
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Thanks for the pic, Shezan!
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Old April 8th, 2009, 04:12 AM   #167
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Old April 9th, 2009, 01:16 PM   #168
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Shezan you can see the Alitalia livery in this video
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Boeing Delivers 777th 777 To Air France With New Airline Livery
April 13, 2009 10:00 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 (Bernama) -- Boeing and longtime partner Air France celebrated significant milestones last Friday with the delivery of the 777th Boeing 777 airplane.

The new Boeing 777-300ER also will be the first to bear a new Air France livery and company brand identity, Boeing said in a statement today.

The 777 family is the world's most successful twin-engine, twin-aisle airplane. Fifty-six customers around the world have ordered just over 1,100 777s.

The 777's combination of unmatched payload and range, as well as the lowest fuel consumption and operating costs in its class, make it one of the most popular airplanes with passengers and airlines.

Air France operates one of the largest fleets of 777s in the world and was the launch customer for both the 777-300ER and the 777 Freighter.

"The 777 has been a valuable asset to the long-haul fleet of Air France and it is the right aircraft to allow us to maximize our revenues in the most economic and efficient manner," said Pierre Vellay, senior vice president, New Aircraft & Corporate Fleet Planning, Air France.

"It is a fitting tribute to the success of the program that an industry leader such as Air France is taking delivery of our 777th 777," said Aldo Basile vice president, Sales Europe, Russia and Central Asia for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"The 777 continues to offer an unbeatable combination of efficiency, economics and passenger comfort that places it at the forefront of modern commercial aviation."

The relationship between Air France and Boeing goes back to the early days of the airline, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year. Air France's early fleet of DC-3s sported the distinctive silver and royal blue livery that was used to launch the airline.

Three generations of Boeing airplanes have carried three Air France liveries.

The first was with the arrival of the jet age and the Boeing 707.

The second opened up long-haul international travel, epitomized by the Boeing 747 and finally, today with the unveiling of the Boeing 777-300ER.

The latest incarnation of the distinctive Air France livery continues the all-white theme but is intended to position the company in the 21st century as a truly international carrier that has more than half of its passengers based outside France.

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Old April 13th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #170
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The Times of India, April 13, 2009 :
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Lessons on mergers from Air France KLM

AMSTERDAM: Though aviation has seen a downturn in these recession-hit times, global majors such as KLM are confident of coming out of the storm
unscathed. This Dutch airline merged with Air France in 2004, leading to the worlds largest airline partnership with over 550 planes, more than all the commercial planes in India put together, putting it in an advantageous position. And theres a lesson here for certain Indian airlines which have merged but rather unhappily, beset as they are by HR problems and different work cultures.

Marnix Fruitema, senior vice-president, Asia and Pacific, Air France KLM, reveals that both airlines worked on the merger for four years before it actually took off. Both KLM and Air France had to live together as man and wife, acknowledging differences but gradually ironing them out too. We tried to bring people to live under one roof, seniority levels were maintained and there were no layoffs. Their strategy was simple: One group, two airlines, three core activities.

Despite their vast networks, they had complementary activities such as passenger transport, cargo shipment and aircraft maintenance. In fact, their two hubs Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offer over 250 destinations to passengers.

For this airline, Asia is a much more important market than even Europe as the economies of India and China are growing faster than the rest of the world, says Fruitema. I am confident India will bounce back faster than other countries and it is a strategic market for Air France KLM.

But there is a stumbling block in Indias aviation growth. And that is the pricing at airports, which is not conducive for airline growth. Like Schiphol, India should make its airports attractive to passengers, he says. While airports worldwide, be it in Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur or Lusaka, are reducing their landing and parking charges by 50 per cent, India is increasing them. Thats not a wise thing to do if you want development. Besides, its unfair to ask either passengers or airlines to pay for airports such as Delhi or Mumbai which arent even fully built as yet. For KLM, the costs to operate in India are high due to taxes, etc. And though China is a cheaper market, it expects margins from India to be more in future.

Though it had to suspend its Hyderabad operations in February 2009 as passenger loads from this IT capital went down due to recession, the airline is looking to consolidating its hold in Delhi and Mumbai from where it operates daily flights to Amsterdam. For the moment, opening up of new routes in India are on hold. Fruitema was frank enough to admit that for the first time, the airline may not make profits this year.

And part of its bid to make a stronger presence in India, is its frequent flier programmes with Jet Airways and Kingfisher. And though both are losing money, he says the times are turbulent and they should be able to come out of their problems. We are watching their growth, he says.

Would KLM look for a stake in an Indian airline if regulations permit? Fruitema says there are other ways of teaming up with various airlines such as joining SkyTeam, an international alliance of airlines of which Air France, Delta Airlines, Alitalia and Korean Air are members, alliances with Northwest Airlines, frequent flier programmes, etc.

In consonance with the view that the low-cost carrier (LCC) model is the one that stimulates growth, KLM too has LCC arms Transavia and Martinair, which operate to certain parts of Europe and are doing well. As Fruitema says, Regular carriers can learn a lot from LCCs. Who knows, we may even have a Transavia-India.com in future. Thats something Indian passengers, for one, will look forward to.
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Old April 13th, 2009, 06:01 PM   #171
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hoteliermiddleeast.com, April 12, 2009 :
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Dubai possible route for Air France A380

Air France could assign its first A380 on the Dubai route.
The carrier, which currently flies to Dubai 12 times weekly, said Dubai could be one of the long-haul routes the super jumbo will serve.
“It is one of the destinations Air France is considering,” Air France-KLM commercial director for the Gulf, Iran and Pakistan, Bas Gerressen, told Hoteliermiddleeast.com
“We expect the new aircraft to be delivered by the end of this year,” he added.
Gerressen also revealed that the new Air France premium economy product will be rolled out on aircraft serving GCC routes within a year.
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AFP, April 3, 2009 :
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Air France-KLM and Brazil's GOL in code-share deal

SAO PAULO (AFP) — Brazil's low-cost airline GOL and premier European air transport venture Air France-KLM have begun a commercial partnership that lays the groundwork for future code-shares, the companies said Friday.

The agreement will also allow for the integration of Brazil's second biggest airline GOL and Air France-KLM's mileage programs, they said in a statement.

The agreement allows Air France-KLM to compete with German rival Lufthansa, a stakeholder of the largest Brazilian airline TAM.

Air France-KLM operate a vast network out of its main hubs at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 12:33 PM   #173
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Air France to cut 2,500 jobs without layoffs
15 April 2009

PARIS (AP) - Air France plans to eliminate 2,500 jobs over the next two years, without making layoffs but through natural attrition, a spokesman for the French airline said Wednesday.

Air France, part of the Air France-KLM group, currently employs 70,000. It has seen its passenger traffic numbers shrivel since the start of the economic crisis and last month it forecast an operating loss of about euro200 million ($272.1 million) for its fiscal full year, which ended March 31.

Air France's job cuts will be made by not replacing retiring workers and not renewing short-term contracts, airline spokesman Jerome Nguyen said.

Until last month the airline group had been forecasting a profit, but passenger and cargo traffic has been hit by a decline in business travel and international trade.

Air France-KLM's passenger traffic fell 9.4 percent in March, with traffic within Europe and on routes to the Americas particularly hard-hit.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:44 PM   #175
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Reuters, April 20, 2009 :
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Czech govt picks Air France, Unimex in CSA tender

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PRAGUE, April 20 (Reuters) - The Czech government picked Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) and a consortium made up of Czech companies Unimex and Travel Service (ICEAIR.IC) to advance to the second round of a tender to buy national carrier Czech Airlines.

The decision leaves out Russia's Aeroflot (AFLT.MM) and the closely-held firm Odien, Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said on Monday.

"After a very thorough discussion of all the qualification criteria, formal, security, and international, the government decided that two companies will be asked to submit a price bid," Klaousek told a news conference.

Kalousek and Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek both refused to say why the cabinet rejected allowing the two excluded firms to bid.

"This was discussed in a regime that allows us not to share the reasons," Topolanek said when asked why Aeroflot and Odien were left out.

The Czechs have been in general wary about Russian involvement in Czech industries, especially ones that are considered strategic.

Topolanek's outgoing centre-right administration has taken a tough line on security issues, and supported U.S. plans to build a missile defence base in the central European country, a project sharply opposed by Russia.

The government is offering a 91.5 percent stake in Czech Airlines (CSA).

The sale is expected to continue despite Topolanek's resignation last month.

New Prime Minister Jan Fischer is building a caretaker cabinet that will take the country toward an early election expected in October, and Kalousek said he expected the caretaker cabinet to make a decision on the sale.

The government is selling its stake in the air carrier as a global economic downturn is squeezing travel demand, putting air carriers under pressure.

Analysts expect the sale of the relatively small European airline, hit by leasing costs as well as the global economic turmoil, to fetch up to 5 billion Czech crowns ($240.5 million).
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Business Week, April 20, 2009 :
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Air France Tests Wireless Boarding

In a pilot program on flights from Nice to Paris, the French airline will allow passengers to board by swiping their handsets over special readers

By Jo Best

Air France is testing out what it claims is the first deployment of NFC-enabled mobile boarding passes.

As part of a pilot that will run until the end of October this year, frequent flyers travelling from Nice to Paris with the airline will be able to pick up their boarding pass by swiping an NFC-enabled phone over a reader at the airport.

The Pass and Fly system will identify the traveller through the information held on their NFC-enabled device and then upload the boarding pass to their phone. It will also tally the frequent flyer points the passenger has collected from the trip.

Passengers will need to swipe their device over NFC readers once again when going through security at the airport and just before boarding.

The system is a joint project between Nice Côte d'Azur Airport and Air France, and uses technology from travel IT company Amadeus and transport tech vendor IER.

Air France recently expanded its more traditional mobile check-in system. The service, whereby a boarding pass containing a QR code is sent by SMS, MMS or email to travellers' phones, can now be used for almost all short and medium-length flights run by the airline.
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The Straits Times, April 24, 2009 :
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Jet diverted over US no-fly list

PARIS - US AUTHORITIES ordered an Air France flight from Paris to Mexico to stay out of US airspace because a journalist on board figured on their 'no-fly list", the airline and his publisher said Friday.

Air France said the April 18 flight was forced to divert to the French Caribbean island of Martinique before continuing its journey and that it was considering asking the US Transportation Security Administration for compensation.

A spokesman for French publisher Le Temps des Cerises said the suspect passenger was Franco-Colombian journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina, who has written on revolutionary movements in Cuba and Colombia.

'Hernando, who was heading to Nicaragua to research a report, thus found out that he is on a 'no-fly list' that bans a number of people from flying to or even over the United States,' the publisher said in a statement.

It accused the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of being behind Ospina's blacklisting, and noted that the journalist was working on a book about the US spy agency.

Air France said that as the flight had not been headed to a US airport, it had not sent US authorities the passenger manifest, although one was sent to Mexico. The crew was informed of the ban as they approached US airspace.

Ospina, the author of several books and a contributor to the left-wing French political monthly Le Monde Diplomatique, told AFP that he was informed of the order to divert the flight by its co-pilot.

'I was speechless and my first reaction was to ask, 'Do you think I'm a terrorist?',' he said. 'He replied 'no' and said that was why he told me about it, adding that it was extraordinary and the first time it had happened on an Air France plane.'

Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, US officials have maintained a secret 'terrorist watch list' of individuals forbidden to fly into or out of the United States because they are presumed to pose a security threat.

It is a controversial tool in America's 'war on terror' arsenal, amid claims that, in addition to known extremists, peaceful critics of US policy and people with similar names to suspected militants have been listed. -- AFP
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Old April 30th, 2009, 01:20 AM   #178
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KLM 747 Econnomy Class PTV??

Hi all,

I read a topic on airliners.com and someone said that all KLM 747-400 Planes are getting PTV's with AVOD in Economy class and he said that the in-flight magazine Holland Herald from KLM was his source. So I did some research and I downloaded the digital March edition from the Holland Herald site and look what I found:



So will we see KLM's 747s with PTV's this summer? I hope
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Air France, May 15, 2009 :
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Air France livery, yesterday, today and tomorrow
Aircraft photo contest


Air France is the first airline to be organizing its own international photo contest open to everyone, to choose the best photos of Air France aircraft from yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The competition will run for 3 months, from 15 May to 15 August 2009.
So get snapping!!

View the terms of enrolment and the rules of the contest

«Yesterday», corresponds to the Air France livery* of 1946, reintroduced in October 2008 on the Airbus A320 F-GFKJ to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Air France;

«Today» designates the Air France livery as from 1975;

«Tomorrow» corresponds to the new livery unveiled on 11 April, which will be gradually painted on the fleet in the next few months**.

The contest, the first to be organised by an airline, is open to everyone.

The jury, made up of amateur and professional photographers, will be chaired by Pierre Vellay, Air France Vice President Fleet Management. The jury will choose ten photos of each livery and the Grand Prize will be awarded to the best one.

The prizewinners will be rewarded by Air France and its partners: Airbus, Aviaxess (helicopters and business jets), Boeing, Breitling, Epson, Socatec (aircraft models), PPG Aerospace (aviation paint) and STTS (aircraft paint).

The terms of enrolment and the rules of the contest are accessible on this website. The prize-giving ceremony will take place on 17 September 2009 at the Air France headquarters at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport at the same time as a preview of the photos.


To date the Air France fleet has 262 aircraft including 100 long-haul.

* The livery of an aircraft consists of the colours painted on its fuselage.

** On 15 May, three aircraft, a Boeing 777 and two Airbus A330s will fly in the new livery.
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