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Air France management changes & summer programme

Jean-Cyril Spinetta and Leo van Wijk, who masterminded the Air France-KLM merger in 2004 are stepping down as of 1 July 2013, replaced by Alexandre de Juniac as Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM Group and KLM chief Peter Hartman as his deputy.  De Juniac is replaced by Air France's CFO Frederic Gagey;  Camiel Eurling, former head of KLM’s cargo operations and a former Dutch Transport Minister, succeeds Hartman as CEO and President of KLM.

Both non-executive veterans Spinetta and van Wijk were called back to return the group to a solid footing in 2011 launching an in-depth restructuring and cost-cutting programme, called Transform 2015.

For summer 2013 the AF-KLM long haul routes increase by a modest 2.4% and Paris-CDG to Kuala Lumpur, Minneapolis and Montevideo added.  Medium haul capacity reduces by 2.1% with HOP! replacing Airlinair, BritAir, Régional. 

Long rumoured to be imminent, the sale of London City centred CityJet has not been confirmed, nor to whom.  Transavia continues as the budget arm of KLM. www.airfrance.com www.klm.com

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