KLM to launch direct service to Colombo

KLM-B787-Economy

Dutch carrier, KLM will launch a direct service between Amsterdam and Colombo from October 30, 2017. A Boeing 787-9 will fly the route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Flight KL0873 will take off from Amsterdam at 0940 and arrive in Colombo at 2345. Return flight KL0874 will arrive back in Amsterdam at 0820 after leaving from Colombo at 0150.

Currently there is no direct service between the capital cities by KLM or any other airline.

klm.com 

Dutch carrier, KLM will launch a direct service between Amsterdam and Colombo from October 30, 2017. A Boeing 787-9 will fly the route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Flight KL0873 will take off from Amsterdam at 0940 and arrive in Colombo at 2345. Return flight KL0874 will arrive back in Amsterdam at 0820 after leaving from Colombo at 0150.

Currently there is no direct service between the capital cities by KLM or any other airline.

klm.com 

Dutch carrier, KLM will launch a direct service between Amsterdam and Colombo from October 30, 2017. A Boeing 787-9 will fly the route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Flight KL0873 will take off from Amsterdam at 0940 and arrive in Colombo at 2345. Return flight KL0874 will arrive back in Amsterdam at 0820 after leaving from Colombo at 0150.

Currently there is no direct service between the capital cities by KLM or any other airline.

klm.com 

Dutch carrier, KLM will launch a direct service between Amsterdam and Colombo from October 30, 2017. A Boeing 787-9 will fly the route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Flight KL0873 will take off from Amsterdam at 0940 and arrive in Colombo at 2345. Return flight KL0874 will arrive back in Amsterdam at 0820 after leaving from Colombo at 0150.

Currently there is no direct service between the capital cities by KLM or any other airline.

klm.com 

Dutch carrier, KLM will launch a direct service between Amsterdam and Colombo from October 30, 2017. A Boeing 787-9 will fly the route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Flight KL0873 will take off from Amsterdam at 0940 and arrive in Colombo at 2345. Return flight KL0874 will arrive back in Amsterdam at 0820 after leaving from Colombo at 0150.

Currently there is no direct service between the capital cities by KLM or any other airline.

klm.com 

Air France and KLM standardise economy fares

Air France Economy

Air France and KLM standardise economy fares

New European fares now in three categories – Light, Standard and Flex.

Air France and KLM are introducing new fare classes in the economy cabin. The new fares which were phased in across the Air France site last week but will not be available on KLM.com until January 2017 will be on all international flights within Europe, and to North Africa and Israel.

The new products are:

Light

The lowest fare – hand-baggage-only (no checked luggage, though there is the possibility to take hand baggage: 1 baggage item + 1 accessory (total weight: 12 kg / 26 lb) at any time before the flight on airfrance.com or KLM.com for 21GBP.

Standard

For an additional fee of €40-50, this offers the option of one item of baggage and the ability to change the ticket for a fee.

Flex

For an additional fee of €70-150 this offers no change fees and a refund at no extra charge), as well as the possibility to take advantage of the SkyPriority service at the airport and an inflight meal.

In all classes, passengers will receive

A refreshment, snack or meal (depending on your flight’s duration) and beverage will be served;

Self-service newspapers available in the boarding hall. Free digital media selection available via smartphone, tablet or laptop starting 30 hours before your flight with AF Press or KLM media app;

[PICTURE GRAB]

“Transparency and enrichment for our customers, is our basis for building these new fare products on Air France and KLM medium-haul network. By introducing these new products we will make it easier for our customers to choose the services and the flexibility that they need.” stated Pieter Bootsma, Executive Vice President Commercial Strategy Air France-KLM.

 

KLM increases Dublin-Amsterdam service from 2017

KLM-embraer190-10

KLM increases Dublin-Amsterdam service from 2017

In a few weeks’ time KLM will return to Dublin after an absence of 50 years. (see Online News, June 21, 2016)

KLM returns to Dublin after 50 years


From October 30 the Dutch airline will be flying between Dublin and Amsterdam twice daily and it makes no secret of the fact that its schedules are designed for connectivity at Schiphol.
Now comes news that Skyteam member KLM will be doubling the number of flights on this route from the start of the summer schedules on March 26, 2017.
Clearly KLM must be confident otherwise it would not have announced a doubling of capacity before the route gets off the ground.
All flights will be operated by Embraer 190 aircraft which accommodate up to 100 passengers.
KLM says that the Dublin-Amsterdam schedule has been devised to compliment its long-haul network with connections to, for example, Johannesburg, Havana, Beijing and Hong Kong.
At the time of writing Oneworld member Aer Lingus will continue to ply the same route with a schedule which is more or less unchanged.
For the winter there will be up to five Aer Lingus flights daily and from Summer 2017 there will be four services daily.
Of course, nothing is set in stone as regards aviation, but that is the Aer Lingus schedule as it exists right now.
KLM will be aiming to attract many transfer passengers both to and from Dublin (via Amsterdam) whereas Aer Lingus is expected to cater more for the point-to-point market.
It is true that Aer Lingus has become a bigger player across the Atlantic and a number of mainland Europeans will choose to route via Dublin to North America.
But the global Aer Lingus long-haul network is miniscule compared with that of its Dutch rival.
It’s also good news for Dublin airport whose second runway (construction of which has been approved) cannot come soon enough. (See Online News, April 7, 2016)

Dublin airport to build second runway by 2020


Says Vincent Harrison, the airport’s MD, “These additional flights will provide extra choice and convenience for both business and leisure passengers travelling to the Netherlands or connecting at KLM’s Schiphol hub.”
Klm.com
Aerlingus.com

Air France-KLM to install wifi across long-haul fleet

Air France-KLM wifi with Gogo 2Ku

Air France-KLM has signed an agreement with technology provider Gogo to equip its long-haul fleet with wifi.

The group already offers wifi on its eight KLM Boeing Dreamliner aircraft, with Air France to launch its first B787-9 in January 2017. On these aircraft the technology is provided by Panasonic Avionics.

The new agreement will see Gogo’s 2Ku technology installed on a total of 124 Air France and KLM aircraft, as follows:

  • 68 Air France B777s
  • 15 Air France A330s
  • 29 KLM B777s
  • 12 KLM A330s

Work to equip the aircraft will start at the end of 2017.

Announcing the move, Air France-KLM said:

“With this new joint Air France and KLM agreement, the Group’s passengers will benefit from wifi during their trip by staying connected around the world with their family, friends or business partners, on their smartphone, laptop or tablet.

“On the in-house Air France-KLM designed onboard portal a freely accessible environment is available where customers can find relevant information about their flight, arrange travel details and find entertainment beyond the state of the art seat-back inflight entertainment systems.”

airfrance.co.uk, klm.com

Four airlines fight back against Gulf rivals

Air France A380

Three Skyteam member airlines are following in Lufthansa’s footsteps* – by next year they intend to inaugurate a JV (joint venture) to better compete against their Gulf rivals Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

Air France, KLM and US carrier Delta will team up with India’s (non-alligned) Jet Airways on multiple routings.

They will be using their hubs at Amsterdam and Paris CDG in Europe along with Atlanta, Minneapolis and New York JFK in the USA.

This mammoth JV has still to be formally approved. It will, according to Air France, cover routes between India, Europe and both North and South America.  Also between North America, India and Africa also via Europe.

Travellers based in the UK regions may find it more convenient to change in Amsterdam or Paris CDG rather than London Heathrow.

Why these particular routings ?

Because, as Business Traveller has previously reported, the Gulf airlines have captured much of this traffic to the detriment of European aviation.

Air France says the JV represents 25 per cent of total transatlantic capacity with annual revenue of US$12 billion.

Certainly there is little love lost between Delta and the Gulf carriers.  The latter competed fiercely and prompted Delta (along with other US carriers) to exit the Gulf market.

Later Delta took “revenge” by blocking the arrivals gate for Qatar Airways’ inaugural A380 service to Atlanta.

But Jet Airways is 24 per cent owned by Etihad. Why is it agreeing to this JV?

Local media in India is speculating that this is one way in which Jet Airways can expand internationally rather than simply feed passengers to Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways.

But Jet Airways is wasting no time with its expansion plans.

From the start of the winter timetable (at the end of October):

airfrance.co.uk, delta.com, klm.com, jetairways.com

Five special aircraft liveries

ANA C-3PO-themed livery

C3-PO ANA Jet
C-3PO ANA Jet

INTRODUCED July 2016; launching March 2017

AIRCRAFT B777-200

INFO As part of its five-year partnership with The Walt Disney Company (Japan), ANA has already had two of its aircraft wrapped in special themed liveries featuring Star Wars’ R2-D2 and BB-8. Meanwhile, everybody’s favourite gold protocol droid, C-3PO will soon join the line-up by being featured on a B777-200. The C-3PO-themed aircraft will begin flying domestic routes in Japan from March 2017.

ana.co.jp

 

Eva Air Hello Kitty-themed livery

EVA Air Hello Kitty B777
EVA Air Hello Kitty B777

INTRODUCED 2005

AIRCRAFT A330, B777

INFO Eva Air’s “Hello Kitty” aircraft is as synonymous as the airline itself, with the iconic branding having been an important part of the carrier’s fleet since 2005. Passengers that have flown on these aircraft before will know what to expect onboard, but for the uninitiated, expect to find the cute little feline everywhere – from the cushions in economy to the tableware in business class.

evaair.com

 

Turkish Airlines Euro 2016 livery

Turkish Airlines EURO
Turkish Airlines EURO livery

INTRODUCED April 2016

AIRCRAFT A330-300

INFO Portugal may have already lifted the Euro 2016 trophy, but Turkish Airlines’ Euro-themed livery can still be seen in the air. The A330-300, which has been wrapped in the tournament’s colours, is flying to selected destinations within the Star Alliance member’s network.

turkishairlines.com

 

KLM “Orange Pride” livery

klm
KLM’s “Orange Pride”

INTRODUCED June 2016

AIRCRAFT B777-300

INFO KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has taken national pride to whole new level by introducing its “Orange Pride” livery. The new livery, which is now featured on a B777, is currently operating flights within the airline’s network. However, with effect from early August, the aircraft will begin serving the Amsterdam–Rio de Janeiro route during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

klm.com

 

TAM Disney-themed livery

TAM Disney livery
TAM Disney livery

INTRODUCED February 2016

AIRCRAFT B767-300

INFO For passengers flying with Brazilian carrier TAM to Orlando earlier this year, the journey to Walt Disney World started on the plane. Along with a colourful livery that features classic Disney characters such as Mickey, Minnie and Donald, the in-flight experience was also adapted to deliver a touch of Disney magic. This included offering Mickey mouse-shaped food and cabin crew wearing Minnie mouse headbands and gloves.

latam.com