The AIR FRANCE KLM Group Schedule
In continuing the 2012-13 winter schedule, AIR FRANCE KLM has opted for strict control of its capacity*, which will undergo only moderate growth in the 2013 summer season (March 31-October 26). In comparison with summer 2012, long-haul capacity will be raised by 2.4% and medium-haul capacity will be reduced by 2.1%.
* expressed in available seat kilometres (ASKs)
In the summer of 2013, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plans capacity to grow by 3.3% on long-haul flights by using its fleet more efficiently by deploying newer aircraft, year-on-year. KLM plans capacity to grow in Europe by 6.5% as the result of using more seats and efficiency rather than the addition of new aircraft. KLM’s growth is not the result of more flight hours.
Once KLM phases out three of its MD-11s, they will be replaced by two Boeing 777-300s and one Airbus 330.
Clear results of Transform 2015 can be seen inside Europe. More seats per aircraft can be deployed in the Boeing 737s. KLM has also achieved greater efficiency by shortening turn-around times at Schiphol Airport.
KLM has chosen three new destinations for this summer: Fukuoka, Japan; Ålesund, Norway; and Manston, Kent in the United Kingdom. The flights to Teheran, Addis Ababa and Khartoum are being suspended due to disappointing commercial results.
The new destination of Manston offers travellers an attractive tourist destination as well as a hassle-free airport in the proximity of London. Ålesund has a fast-growing market, including the offshore industry. It is also an interesting tourist destination. Frequencies to Basel, Linköping, Lyon, Norwich, Prague, and Budapest will increase.
Together with Delta Air Lines, partner in its transatlantic joint venture, KLM is strengthening its market position between North America and Europe. KLM will start flying larger aircraft to Calgary, replacing its MD-11 to Atlanta with the newer Airbus 330-300. Delta plans to increase its capacity to Amsterdam by more than 10%. In addition to flights each day to Atlanta and Detroit, customers can fly to New York JFK four times daily in the new schedule. Delta will fly to Atlanta three times a day and KLM one more time. KLM and Delta will each fly to New York twice a day. Only Delta will fly to Detroit.
What is more, during the summer of 2013, KLM will increase its frequencies to Los Angeles and Washington. From 13 May, seasonal operations to Dallas-Fort Worth will resume.
Central and South America
In the Caribbean region and South America, the Airbus 330-300 and Boeing 777 will also replace the MD-11. In the winter of 2012/13, KLM already started using these more fuel-efficient aircraft. The frequency to Rio de Janeiro will increase from four to five time a week and the growth to Panama, which started this winter, will continue with a daily flight through the summer. To absorb the summer peak business, KLM is adding a “circle flight” from Amsterdam to Curaçao and Bonaire.
This year, KLM introduced Lusaka (Zambia), Luanda (Angola) and Harare (Zimbabwe) to its destinations. Harare will be part of a circle flight between Amsterdam and Lusaka, Zambia.
The collaboration with Kenya Airways continues to be of great importance to KLM’s position in Africa. The twice-daily Kenya Airways/KLM service to Nairobi offers an ever-greater number of destinations in Kenya and surrounding countries in East Africa. KLM’s direct flights to Addis Ababa and Khartoum will stop. However, partner Kenya Airways will offer flights there via Nairobi.
Asia and the Middle East
On 3 April, KLM will initiate regular scheduled service to Fukuoka, Japan. This makes KLM the first airline to fly directly between Fukuoka and Europe. Fukuoka is KLM’s third Japanese destination after Tokyo and Osaka. KLM will increase its frequency to Tokyo from ten flights to eleven. With the start of the new route to Fukuoka, KLM will offer a total of 21 flights to Japan this summer. In so doing, KLM will rise to growing demand from Japan.
Teheran will be discontinued as a destination in the new schedule. In contrast, the number of flights to Almaty will increase this summer.
As part of KLM’s collaboration with Etihad Airways, there will be more flights to Abu Dhabi/Bahrain. From mid-May, Etihad will fly from its home base in Abu Dhabi to Schiphol under its own flag as well as that of KLM. Since last autumn, KLM has been offering five of Etihad’s destinations in Australia and Central Asia. It will add another thirteen in May.
The capacity on Asian routes will increase further with the help of new aircraft. B777-300s will operate more often on these routes.
New Interior in World Business Class
On 19 March, KLM will introduce its new cabin interior in World Business Class. KLM has brought in leading Dutch designer Hella Jongerius for the job. KLM will be changing all of WBC in the height of Dutch design, thereby combining Dutch roots with international allure. Besides revamping the interior design, Ms Jongerius will give an all-new look to the full-flat seat.
Fleet Development: CSR
As the new schedule becomes effective, KLM will extend its fleet with new and more fuel-efficient aircraft. In April, KLM will put an A330-300 into operation. A month later, a B737 will follow.
KLM, Amstelveen, 06 March 2013