Showing posts with label Air France-KLM. Show all posts
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12 April, 2024

Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance have established component support agreement with Hawaiian Airlines

Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, world-leading multi-product MRO services provider, is pleased to announce a landmark partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, further solidifying its position as a premier provider of tailored solutions in the aviation industry. This collaboration marks the commencement of a ten-year term contract, with a provision for a two-year extension, encompassing comprehensive component support for Hawaiian Airlines’ newly acquired Boeing 787-9 fleet.

The agreement between AFI KLM E&M and Hawaiian Airlines underscores the dedication to providing outstanding service and support. In this strategic partnership, AFI KLM E7M will offer repair and pooling support for Hawaiian Airlines’ twelve 787-9 aircraft, utilizing its extensive global network. In addition, Hawaiian Airlines will benefit from AFI KLM E&M’ state- of-the-art solution PROGNOS®, Predictive Maintenance for Aircraft, for enhanced operational efficiency and aircraft reliability.

‘We are thrilled to partner with AFI KLM E&M as our strategic 787 component support provider and join their large network of 787 customers’, expressed Jim Landers, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations at Hawaiian Airlines. ‘As a 787 operator themselves, they understand our goal to deliver safe and reliable aircraft to Hawaiian's network for on-time departures. We look forward to them exceeding our expectations.’

Paul-Antoine Vivet, Vice President Sales Americas at Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, displayed his enthusiasm regarding the partnership, stating; ‘We are honored to have been entrusted by Hawaiian Airlines as their preferred MRO partner for their 787-9 fleet. This collaboration underlined our relentless dedication to delivering innovative solutions and unparalleled service excellence, further cementing our strong foothold withing the global aviation landscape.’

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15 March, 2024

Air France-KLM - state aid appeal

 Air France-KLM and Air France confirm having lodged two appeals before the Court of Justice of the European Union of two judgments of the General Court of the European Union rendered in December 2023, annulling a 2020 Commission decision and a 2021 Commission decision which approved various French State aid measures during the Covid 19 crisis.

Air France-KLM reminds that Air France-KLM and Air France have fully refunded all State aid received, in accordance with the applicable legal framework.

13 November, 2023

HydrogenPro Partner, DG Fuels announces strategic cooperation with Air France- KLM

HydrogenPro's collaborative partner, DG Fuels, recently announced the strategic cooperation with Air France – KLM. The latter has made an investment in DG Fuels "to support the completion of the development work necessary to reach the Final Investment decision".

HydrogenPro's collaborative partner, DG Fuels, announced on Friday, November 10th, the strategic cooperation with Air France – KLM. The latter has made an investment in DG Fuels "to support the completion of the development work necessary to reach the Final Investment decision". The group has invested USD 4.7 million in the SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) producer. HydrogenPro has been contracted as the supplier of electrolyzers for the plant in a potential 500 million USD deal, excluding life cycle services.

In addition to the investment Air France-KLM «acquired an option to purchase up to 25 million gallons / 75 000 tons of SAF annually over a multi-year period beginning in 2029. This option comes in addition to the long-term offtake contract announced by Air France-KLM and DG Fuels last year.

Compared to conventional fuel, the use of SAF can reduce emissions by an average of 80% and is considered more energy-efficient, providing airlines with operational advantages in addition to environmental benefits.

27 October, 2023

GOL and Air France-KLM sign agreement to extend and enhance their commercial partnership

Air France-KLM and GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes have signed an agreement to extend and enhance their commercial partnership for the next 10 years. Under the terms of this agreement, both parties will grant each other exclusivity on routes between Europe and Brazil and enhance their commercial cooperation. This will result in better connectivity, improved customer experience and more benefits for their respective customers.

Initially introduced in 2014 for a period of 5 years, the commercial partnership between Air France-KLM and GOL had already been renewed in 2019. It covers over 99% of the demand between Brazil and Europe and today one out of every five passengers traveling to Brazil with Air France and KLM connects to a GOL flight. In total, over two million passengers have benefited from the partnership since its introduction.

As part of this renewed partnership, Air France, KLM and GOL will continue investing to further improve their customers' experience and create an even more seamless product. Customers will benefit from an optimized network between Europe and Brazil, spanning over 80 European destinations, 45 destinations in Brazil, and in the future, new destinations across Latin America. The agreement additionally includes expanded code-sharing, enhanced joint sales activities, and more benefits for customers via Air France-KLM's Flying Blue and GOL's SMILES frequent flyer programs.

The enhanced collaboration includes an ambitious expansion of the existing maintenance support by Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFIKLME&M) to GOL's CFM56 and LEAP engines.

Benjamin Smith, CEO Air France KLM, stated: "South America, and particularly Brazil, is one of the most strategic markets for Air France-KLM. The historical partnership between Air France-KLM and GOL has been instrumental in allowing us to provide our customers with a comprehensive and broad value proposition in the region. Building on what we've already achieved, we are very pleased to extend and deepen this exclusive partnership for 10 more years. This new agreement will allow us to implement the necessary structural enhancements to ensure Air France-KLM and GOL's leadership position between Brazil and Europe."

Celso Ferrer, GOL CEO: "Our partnership with Air France-KLM has provided countless enhancements and benefits for all of our customers and is based on reciprocal trust and admiration of both companies. We are proud to celebrate another decade of partnership, and I believe it crowns a long and successful history by including key elements such as the credit line for engine overhauls. I reinforce that GOL is deeply committed to support and help to strengthen the Brazil-Europe corridor, and we have no doubt Air France-KLM is the best partner to achieve that."

Optimized connections beyond Air France-KLM and GOL's respective hubs in Europe and Brazil

Air France and KLM passengers can connect on GOL flights beyond São Paulo (GRU), Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and Fortaleza (FOR). GOL passengers also have access to Air France and KLM's worldwide networks beyond their Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Amsterdam Schiphol airport hubs.

During the winter 23 season, Air France operates 24 weekly flights to Brazil (14 x São Paulo, 7 x Rio de Janeiro and 3 x Fortaleza) while KLM operates 14 weekly flights to Brazil (7 x São Paulo, 7 x Rio de Janeiro).

20 October, 2023

Air France-KLM and Sabre sign NDC distribution agreement

Air France-KLM and Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, announced the completion of a strategic multi-year NDC distribution agreement as well as the renewal of their existing EDIFACT agreement. Collaboration between the partners has been extended with New Distribution Capability (NDC) enriched offers, which will be marketed and sold alongside EDIFACT content, through Sabre's global distribution system (GDS). The Air France-KLM NDC offers will be rolled out to Sabre-connected travel agencies in a phased approach next year.

The agreement demonstrates Sabre's continued commitment to driving value and serving the diverse interests of the various stakeholders participating in the global travel marketplace. It helps agencies to efficiently shop and compare increasingly sophisticated offers, while their travellers will benefit from an enhanced experience with more choice and transparency. It also enables Air France and KLM to distribute their customized NDC offers, thanks to continuous pricing and tailor-made bundles, to the global network of Sabre-connected agencies.

"Choosing the right travel technology partners with which to collaborate is essential. Hence, we are pleased to extend our cooperation with Sabre. This will support our travel agent partners to provide the Air France-KLM enriched and attractive NDC offer, giving the travellers a wider range of options to enhance their journey, from start to finish," said Angus Clarke, Chief Commercial Officer, Air France-KLM.

"Our partnership with Air France-KLM reflects our commitment to modern travel retailing and a big step forward for our presence in Europe," added Roshan Mendis, Chief Commercial Officer, Sabre Travel Solutions. "From the beginning, Sabre has been committed to go beyond NDC to help build a new travel ecosystem that is more efficient and personalized, meeting the dynamic needs of today's travellers. We are delighted to bring our customers EDIFACT and enhanced NDC content as we transition to a new world of Offers and Orders."

05 October, 2023

Air France-KLM to team up with SAS through equity and commercial cooperation

Air France-KLM to team up with SAS AB through equity and commercial cooperation

Air France-KLM to take up to a maximum 19.9% non-controlling stake in the share capital of the reorganized SAS AB, subject to approvals and conditions.

Air France-KLM ambitions to enhance the Group’s footprint in Scandinavian markets through a commercial cooperation between its airlines and SAS AB.

Air France-KLM welcomes the announcement by SAS AB’s Board of Directors that the Air France-KLM Group, Castlelake, L.P., on behalf of certain funds or affiliates, and Lind Invest ApS (collectively, the “Consortium”) have, together, been selected as the winning bidder in SAS’s exit financing solicitation process.

Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM stated: “This is an important day for SAS and for Air France-KLM. We are pleased to be part of the winning bidding consortium selected by the board of SAS. Air France-KLM looks forward to establishing strong commercial ties with SAS. With its well-established position in Scandinavia and strong brand, SAS offers tremendous potential to Air France-KLM. This cooperation will allow Air France-KLM to enhance its position in the Nordics and improve connectivity for Scandinavian and European travelers. We look forward to being a part of this new chapter in SAS’ history and thank the board of SAS for their trust.”

As previously expressed, Air France-KLM is determined to play an active role in the consolidation of European aviation. The envisaged cooperation with SAS is one of the components of the Group’s strategic roadmap.

The Consortium’s investment proposal remains to be finalized and is subject to certain conditions and regulatory approvals including, but not limited to, approval by the European Commission, the US court overseeing the Chapter 11 reorganization and, in respect of SAS AB, the Swedish court.

02 October, 2023

Air France-KLM is launching a global employee share purchase plan

Air France-KLM announced its intention to launch "Partners for the future", an employee share purchase plan offered to around 75,000 eligible employees in 20 countries. The objective of this plan is to strengthen the link between Air France-KLM and its employees by giving them a long-term stake in the Group's objectives, performance and future success.

The offer "Partners for the future" is deployed in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom and United States of America. Around 95% of Air France-KLM’s workforce will thus have the opportunity to participate.

The proposed shares will be issued as part of a capital increase that may not exceed 3% of Air France-KLM's share capital. This operation is carried out in accordance with the 34th and 35th resolutions of the Annual General Meeting of June 7, 2023.

The offer is made within the framework of the Employee Savings Plan, the Group Employee Savings Plan and the International Group Employee Savings Plan set up by the Air France-KLM group.

Mr. Benjamin Smith, Group CEO, stated: "We are very proud to launch this global employee share purchase plan which reflects our determination to recognize the commitment of our employees to the company. With this plan, we are offering our colleagues an ever-closer involvement in the Group's development, its prospects and the sharing of the value we are striving to create collectively."

18 September, 2023

Air France-KLM Group names Femke Kroese as General Manager for South East Asia & Oceania.

The Air France-KLM group is pleased to announce that Mrs. Femke Kroese has been appointed General Manager for South East Asia & Oceania.

Mrs. Kroese is responsible for Air France and KLM commercial passenger sales and flight operations throughout the South East Asia & Oceania region (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand). She is based in Singapore at the South East Asia & Oceania regional office. 

Speaking of her new responsibility, Mrs. Kroese said, "I am delighted to have moved to this fascinating and diverse region with my family. I look forward to start building on the great work our teams have done over the years, meet our customers and work hand in hand with many partners to develop and look for new opportunities and synergies. We aspire to offer existing and new Air France and KLM customers even more choice, better connections and offer an exceptional, seamless, and memorable travel experience, in a more sustainable way."

Femke Kroese – Biography

Prior to her appointment as General Manager South East Asia & Oceania, Mrs. Kroese was Commercial Director United Kingdom and Ireland Air France KLM. 

She joined KLM in 2002 and held several positions in the Air France KLM group within Sales, Pricing Revenue Management and other Commercial roles while being based in the Netherlands, France, Canada and the United Kingdom.

In 2002, she graduated from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom and the Amsterdam School of Business in the Netherlands. Under the 'Erasmus program' these business schools ran a double degree exchange program. 

05 September, 2023

Air France-KLM and Airbus enter into exclusive negotiations for the creation of a joint venture dedicated to Airbus A350 component support

Air France-KLM and Airbus entered into exclusive negotiations for the creation of a joint venture dedicated to Airbus A350 component support.

This partnership between Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Airbus would entail an optimized commercial offering for customers, as well as the creation of a worldwide pool of aircraft components.

Paris, Toulouse, 04 September 2023 – Air France-KLM and Airbus today announced that Air France SA (“Air France”) and Airbus SAS (“Airbus”) have entered into exclusive negotiations to establish a joint venture for the provision on a worldwide basis of Airbus A350 component maintenance services (supply chain management, repairs, creation of a worldwide pool of aircraft components).

The envisaged cooperation would take the form of a 50-50 joint venture between Air France and Airbus and involve the transfer of aircraft components assets belonging to both partners into the joint venture’s pool.

This joint venture, combining the expertise of Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance and Airbus, would entail an optimized commercial offering, aimed at better meeting the growing long-term maintenance needs of the Airbus A350 worldwide fleet (more than 1,000 aircraft on order and 550 currently in service worldwide) through enhanced capacity, an expanded global footprint, and the development of innovative solutions to the benefit of the customers.

The objective is for the joint venture to be operational by the first half of 2024 in line with all compliance requirements and subject to approval by all relevant authorities.

18 July, 2023

Air France-KLM and Apollo Global Management sign a definitive agreement for a €500 million for Air France’s Engineering and Maintenance (MRO)

Air France-KLM and Apollo Global Management sign a definitive agreement for a €500 million quasi-equity financing for Air France’s Engineering and Maintenance (MRO) components activity

Air France-KLM and Apollo Global Management announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Apollo-managed funds and entities (“Apollo”) to raise a €500 million in financing into an operating affiliate of Air France that will own a pool of components dedicated to Air France’s Engineering and Maintenance activities.

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Under this agreement and subject to customary closing conditions, Apollo will subscribe to perpetual bonds issued by this ad hoc operating affiliate and this financing will be accounted as equity under IFRS. The financing’s proceeds will be allocated to general corporate purposes and support future components expenditures related to the maintenance activity.

The perpetual bonds will bear an interest rate of 6.9% for the first 3 years and gradual step-ups and caps will be applied thereafter. Air France will have the ability to redeem them at any time after 3 years.

11 July, 2023

Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo's Chicago warehouse undergoes a transformation.............

On June 28th, Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo - AFKLMP unveiled its newly configured, renovated warehouse based at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

To mark the occasion, let’s take a closer look at this new facility and how it plays into the Group’s larger strategy.

What’s new at the O’Hare airport warehouse?

This €5 million investment – initiated two years ago – brought three major changes to the site’s infrastructure and resources.

First, AFKLMP Cargo increased the warehouse’s capacity by 40%. This means more storage space, fluidity, and efficiency for customers. The expansion also includes 60% more plugs for ACTS containers, which makes possible to handle larger volumes of specialized cargo, including from other airlines.

Secondly, the company updated its operational and safety systems to ensure total compliance and maximum reliability.

And lastly, as part of its commitment to sustainability, AFKLMP Cargo also integrated energy-efficient solutions such as LED lighting and electric forklifts. This comes on top of other sustainability measures already underway, such as incorporating sustainable aviation fuel and renewing the fleet with more efficient aircraft.

26 June, 2023

Pratt & Whitney and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance announce first GTF Engine induction

Pratt & Whitney confirmed this week that Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance ("AFI KLM E&M"), has inducted its first Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engine. AFI KLM E&M joined the Pratt & Whitney GTF MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) network in 2022 with disassembly, assembly and test capability for PW1500G model engines for the Airbus A220 family. In 2021, Air France selected 60 A220-300 aircraft with an option of adding up to 60 more, which are powered exclusively by GTF engines. The airline currently operates 24 of these aircraft, with an additional 37 on order.

"With the induction of our first GTF engine, we're growing our capabilities with today's most advanced technologies," said Anne Brachet, executive vice president at Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance. "Our ability to overhaul geared turbofan engines strengthens our expertise in the world's most innovative architectures, so we're ready to meet the needs of current and future operators – many of them right here in Europe."

In the last four years, the GTF MRO network has more than doubled in size, and AFI KLM E&M marks the 13th active location. AFI KLM E&M is one of several distinguished providers in Europe supporting GTF MRO work and will become the third facility in the region to provide full disassembly, assembly and test capability for the PW1500G engine.

18 April, 2023

Air France-KLM, Air France and KLM signed two Revolving Credit Facilities linked to ESG KPIs for a total amount of €2.2 billion

Air France-KLM, Air France and KLM signed two
Revolving Credit Facilities linked to ESG KPIs for a total amount of €2.2 billion

Strong show of confidence from international financial institutions in support of Air France-KLM and its airlines’ financial ESG trajectory
ESG-linked RCFs to align Groups’ financial tools to decarbonization trajectory
KLM cancelled both the remaining direct loan and the existing credit facility guaranteed by the Dutch State.

Following the intention expressed during the presentation of the Group’s Full Year 2022 results on February 17, 2023, Air France-KLM, Air France and KLM have signed two ESG KPI-Linked Revolving Credit Facilities (“RCF”) with a large pool of international financial institutions, for a total amount of €2.2 billion.

05 April, 2023

Air France-KLM and CMA CGM officially launch their long-term strategic air cargo partnership

A commercial joint-venture that combines both groups’ complementary air cargo offerings with extended freighter capacity, a broader network of destinations and tailormade solutions.
A compelling offering for customers, delivered via an unrivalled distribution network as well as a digital one-stop shop accessible 24/7.
A shared ambition to invest in and shape the future of air cargo with game-changing solutions, focusing on sustainability, smart digitalization, and integrated technologies.

Air France-KLM and the CMA CGM Group have launched a long-term strategic air cargo partnership they made public in May 2022. This partnership will have an initial duration of 10 years and will see Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo, part of Air France-KLM Group, and CMA CGM Air Cargo, part of the CMA CGM Group, combine their complementary cargo networks, full freighter capacity and dedicated services to build an even more compelling offering thanks to their unrivalled knowhow and global footprint.

This agreement has received all the mandatory regulatory approvals from the competent authorities*.

Meeting customers’ needs with unique seamless services across the globe

The partnership will help meet customers' ever-increasing need for more integrated and resilient supply chains. It will leverage Air France-KLM’s vast air cargo franchise, experience and capabilities, especially as they pertain to specialized cargo (pharmaceuticals, perishables, express, etc.), backed by a worldwide cargo network and state-of-the-art facilities at its global hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. For its part, CMA CGM will mobilize its large commercial network and global logistics platform.

The deal will tap into the groups’ respective strengths to provide customized, agile, efficient, and cost-effective services for customers. The combined offering will allow them to benefit from greater freighter and belly capacity, a more extensive network of destinations, a mix of scheduled and charter flights, improved transit times and flexibility, as well as tailored connections across the world. Customers will benefit from enhanced customer support thanks to a global network of agencies, and a specialized service desk will address specific requirements, including a dedicated BIG desk for large shipments.

Customers will have direct access to a dedicated online platform (“myCargo”) and digital services for easy online bookings available 24/7, as well as expert customer service. Since March 20, 2023, CMA CGM flights are available for booking on myCargo and customers can easily book and combine flights operated by Air France, KLM, Martinair or CMA CGM Air Cargo on this industry-leading digital one-stop shop.

17 March, 2023

Air France-KLM announced the full repayment of its bank loan guaranteed by the French State

Air France-KLM announced the full repayment of its bank loan guaranteed by the French State (“PGE”), making a final step towards the full repayment of States support liquidity measures.

Air France-KLM has fully repaid the remaining €2.5 billion from its initial €4 billion Bank loan guaranteed by the French State, granted during the Covid-19 crisis.
The Group’s solid cash position combined with the €1 billion proceeds of the Sustainability-Linked Bond issued in January 2023, has enabled to accelerate and close the repayment in full of the outstanding “PGE”.
This full repayment will contribute to smoothing the Group’s debt profile, reduce financial costs and limit residual exposure to floating rates.

In 2022, Air France-KLM recorded a strong rebound of its revenues, an improved operating result and a positive net income resulting in a strong cash position of €10.6 billion by the end of 2022. On the back of this robust operational performance, the Group successfully issued in January 2023 an inaugural Sustainability-Linked Bond for a total aggregate amount of €1.0 billion.

Given this context, Air France-KLM has now reached an agreement with the French State and the syndicate of nine banks participating in the “PGE” to proceed with the full repayment of the outstanding €2.5 billion, as announced during the FY 2022 results presentation on February 17th, 2023. To do so, the Group used the €1.0 billion proceeds of the Sustainability-Linked Bond and €1.5 billion of its available cash. This full repayment will contribute to smoothing the Group’s debt profile, reduce financial costs and limit residual exposure to floating rates, and marks a final step towards the full repayment of the current French State liquidity support measures.

03 February, 2023

Singapore Airlines named as one of the 50 most admired companies in the world.

Fortune magazine has named Singapore Airlines one of the 50 most admired companies in the world.

The airline said in a statement "We would like to thank our customers for their continuous support, which we do not take for granted. This accolade is a testament to the dedication of our people, who have been critical to our recovery and who strive to exceed the expectations of our customers every single day."

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Other airlines on the list include Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, Southwest, Air France-KLM, Alaska Air and United. 

30 January, 2023

Martinair, part of KLM Group to get four new Airbus A350Fs

The Air France-KLM Group has placed a firm order for four A350Fs, the brand new Airbus widebody freighter, to be operated by Martinair Holland N.V., a Dutch cargo airline headquartered and based in Amsterdam Schiphol airport, and part of KLM Group. The A350F’s will allow the airline to retire its existing older generation freighters and replace them with a clean sheet cargo aircraft that offers a big step towards more sustainable cargo operations.

“We are delighted to make this major step forward to the A350F. It accelerates Air France KLM Martinair Cargo sustainability ambitions with significant improvement on fuel emissions and complying with most stringent ICAO Chapter 14 for noise and CAEP 8 for NOx. We are fit for the future!” said Adriaan den Heijer, Executive Vice President of Air France KLM Cargo and Managing Director of Martinair.

“Another A350F endorsement, and a great one too! We are delighted to see the A350F enter the KLM/Martinair world, confirming the relevance this most modern high capacity long range cargo aircraft brings to the airfreight segment. I am very pleased with the way our program is taking off. With 50% less noise, and 40% less fuel burn and CO2 emissions compared to the previous generation aircraft it is replacing, that is hardly a surprise! We thank Air France-KLM Group for their continued confidence.” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Airbus International.

The A350F is based on the world's most modern long-range leader, the A350. The aircraft will feature the largest main deck cargo door and a fuselage length optimised for cargo operations. Over 70% of the airframe is made of advanced materials resulting in a minimum 30 tonnes lighter take-off weight, which together with efficient Rolls-Royce engines generate an advantage of at least 20% lower fuel burn and CO2 emission over its current closest competitor. Delivery to Martinair will be in time to comply with the latest ICAO CO2 emissions standards that will come into effect by the end of 2027. With a 109 tonnes payload capability (+3t payload / 11% more volume than its competition), the A350F serves all cargo markets (Express, general cargo, and special cargo).

Launched in 2021, the A350F recorded 35 orders from seven customers.

25 October, 2022

Air France-KLM announces two long-term purchase agreements for Sustainable Aviation Fuel SAF

Air France-KLM today announced two major, long-term purchase agreements for a total of 1.6 million tonnes of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The agreements are binding and will apply for several years in partnership with SAF providers Neste and DG Fuels. This marks an important step towards achieving our ambition of blending 10% SAF globally by 2030. The two agreements will cover a third of our needs until 2030 and the first deliveries are expected in 2023.

Air France-KLM has signed two binding multi-year contracts with SAF providers Neste and DG Fuels for a total volume of 1.6 million tons.

These contracts represent a first step by the Group towards achieving its 10% SAF incorporation targets by 2030 and will cover approximately 3 of those 10%.

The first deliveries are expected in 2023.

Marjan Rintel, the CEO of KLM commented:   "KLM has strong ambitions when it comes to making the airline industry more sustainable and balancing the development of our network with local residents and the environment. This requires major, fundamental decisions related to fleet renewal, electrifying ground equipment and scaling up the use of SAF. In order to achieve this we need partners who share our commitment to creating a more sustainable future for aviation. KLM has been taking action for years to further develop the market for sustainable fuel. Today, joining forces with Neste and DG Fuels, we’re taking another important step towards further reducing our CO2 emissions."

Commitment to different alternative fuels

Over and above reducing fuel consumption and as a drop-in fuel, SAF is a solution to reduce CO2 emissions generated by the airline industry in the short to medium term, without the need for modifications to existing infrastructure and equipment. It has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions in pure form by an average of 80% (compared to fossil fuel), depending on the combination of technology and raw materials chosen, and as long as strict sustainability criteria are met.

Air France-KLM has established a strict procurement policy whereby it commits to only purchasing sustainable fuels that do not compete with the production and supply of food for humans or animals, are certified under RSB or ISCC+ and have not been produced from palm oil.

SAF is not yet widely available. KLM is committed to scaling up the production and use of SAF to achieve greater sustainability in the future. For more SAF, KLM cooperates with various parties to research and stimulate the development of various promising technologies and to stimulate the scaling up of production facilities.

27 September, 2022

Virgin to join SkyTeam alliance....

Virgin Atlantic will soon be joining SkyTeam, an alliance of airlines working together to provide a more seamless travel experience,  at every step of the journey.

The UK's Virgin Atlantic, which is partly owned by U.S mega-carrier Delta is to join the global airline alliance SkyTeam, the two have announced today. 

Virgin Atlantic is set to become a member early next year and has long been expected, as the carrier is also closely linked in with existing members Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM on a transatlantic tie-up and are co-located at London Heathrow’s Terminal Three, alongside existing SkyTeam members Aeromexico and China Eastern, which should aid smooth airside transits and convenient connections. 

Virgin Atlantic customers will benefit from a consistent, seamless customer experience, across 1,000+ global destinations. They’ll also have more opportunities to earn and redeem points across member airlines and access to a network of 750+ airport lounges, spanning six continents.

The airline’s Flying Club members will enjoy significant benefits from the day of joining, with a global expansion of its loyalty offering. Virgin Atlantic Silver Card holders will be recognised as SkyTeam Elite Members, whilst the airline’s Gold Card members will become Elite Plus.  This recognition provides a raft of benefits, including priority check-in, baggage handling and boarding. Flying Club members will be able to take advantage of the benefits as soon as Virgin Atlantic officially enrols in SkyTeam, which is expected in early 2023.

Shai Weiss, CEO of Virgin Atlantic, said: “At Virgin Atlantic, we strive to create thoughtful experiences that feel different for our customers and SkyTeam shares that customer-first ethos. 2022 marks the year Virgin Atlantic gets back to its best for our customers and people and joining SkyTeam is an important milestone. Our membership will allow us to enhance established relationships with our valued partners at Delta and Air France-KLM, as well as opening up opportunities to collaborate with new airlines. It will enable a seamless customer experience, with an expanded network and maximised loyalty benefits.”

01 September, 2022

Air France - KLM Group & Delta moving forward with ITA tie up following Italian government declaration

Air France-KLM welcomes the announcement by the Italian Government granting the exclusivity to the Consortium formed by Certares - as equity partner - and Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines - as commercial partners - for the next phase of the negotiations for the potential acquisition of a participation in ITA Airways held directly by the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Italian Government.

Should this operation be concluded, Air France-KLM would become a commercial and operational partner of the Italian airline, as part of the consortium led by Certares. Air France-KLM at this stage is not investing in ITA’s capital structure. However, Air France-KLM Group could consider in the medium term to take a minority stake in ITA.

Air France-KLM has a longstanding relationship with ITA and previously with Alitalia. Together with its Joint Venture partner Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM looks forward to fostering closer ties with ITA and building upon the existing commercial partnership the airlines have formed, in particular through the implementation of codeshare agreements and ITA’s entry into the SkyTeam alliance, of which Air France-KLM and Delta are founding members.

Air France-KLM would like to thank the Italian government for its consideration throughout the bidding process, during which Certares, Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines notably emphasized the strong commercial opportunities this deal would bring ITA subject to obtaining all relevant approvals. This includes an increased presence on the North Atlantic axis, on which Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic operate the largest joint venture, as well as the opportunity to build an exclusive partnership between Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue, Delta’s Sky Miles and ITA’s Volare – one of Italy’s largest frequent flyer program-, to the benefit of the Italian carrier’s customers.