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Article from BTNews 7 NOVEMBER 2016

New Air France-KLM airline?

A new stand-alone airline that will fly long- and medium-haul international routes was reported on Saturday to be in the planning stages at Air France-KLM as a way to fight back against the fast-growing carriers of the Middle East.

According to USA Today, the company, which has not yet been named, would fly international routes where heavy competition and fare-discounting have made it difficult for Air France-KLM to be profitable. 

Air France-KLM said the airline would fly up to 10 aircraft by 2020, with newly-opened routes making up about a third of its schedule.

The company said in a statement: “It will be focused on ultra-competitive markets and will enable (us) to go on the offensive by opening new routes, re-opening routes closed due to their lack of profitability and maintaining routes under threat.”

Air France-KLM said the new airline would operate with fewer frills than parent’s standard international service, but denied it would be a discount carrier. “(It) will propose a simple, modern and innovative offer, whose positioning will not be low cost,” Air France-KLM said.

The first flights are expected to begin operating from Paris Charles de Gaulle late next year.


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Henk Heiden, Netherlands

According to a Dutch newspaper report, the CEO of Air France-KLM has said that the name for the new airline will be 'Air France ...eh... something'. That is promising, such nice thinking ahead... I am afraid that a real vision is not present within Air France-KLM. Neither as it was when KLM decided to end the passenger services of their daughter airline Martinair. Martinair could have easily been been used for long-haul routes in this context and than already being in place for a number of years.

Keith Robinson, United Kingdom

Interesting that this boost for AMS and CDG should be announced after the LHR RWY 3 decision. They know LHR will not be able to adjust to 'more economical' carriers within any threatening timescale - but LGW would!

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