Since May 2004, Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have become the largest European airline group: one group, two airlines, and three businesses. Each airline has retained its individual identity, trade name and brand. The three core businesses are Passenger Business, Cargo and Engineering & Maintenance. Both airlines run their own operations from their respective hubs Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol.
AIR FRANCE KLM Air France and KLM carry more than 77 million passengers per year. They operate 573 aircraft enabling them to fly to 243 destinations in 103 countries. Members of the joint AIR FRANCE KLM frequent flyer programme Flying Blue earn Miles and claim rewards on both airlines’ routes.
AIR FRANCE KLM’s turnover in the 2012 financial year was 25.63 billion euros. KLM and Air France together employ more than 100,000 people. For more information about AIRFRANCE KLM Finance, please go to www.airfranceklm-finance.com.
AIR FRANCE KLM shares are listed on the Amsterdam and Paris exchanges.
KLM was set up on 7 October, 1919, and is the oldest airline still operating under its original name. Important milestones in its recent history have been the creation of a joint venture with Northwest Airlines (NWA) in 1989 and its acquisition of a holding in Kenya Airways in 1996. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is KLM’s homebase.
Air France was founded on 7 October, 1933. Its history has been marked by several major milestones, including the holding acquired in UTA in January 1990 and the merger with Air Inter in 1997. In June 2000, Air France and Delta Air Lines joined forces with Aeroméxico and Korean Air to launch the SkyTeam alliance. Air France’s main hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle is Europe’s number one in terms of connection opportunities.
In January 2009, AIR FRANCE KLM and Alitalia reached an agreement to strengthen their partnership. This was cemented by AIR FRANCE KLM taking a minority stake (25%) in Alitalia. This agreement places AIR FRANCE KLM in a unique position in the Italian market, the fourth largest market in Europe.
Air France and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance. SkyTeam is a global airline alliance. Through one of the world’s most extensive hub networks, SkyTeam offers its passengers a worldwide system of more than 14,500 daily flights.