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Air France's birthday festivities at Washington Dulles International Airport. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ryan Ewing)

Same Birthday, 14 Years Apart: Air France and KLM Celebrate Shared Birthday

On Oct, 7, 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded by eight Dutch businessmen and became one of the first commercial airline companies. The first flight took place just over seven months later on May 17, 1920, between Croydon, U.K. and Amsterdam, Netherlands on a leased De Haviland DH-16 registered as G-EALU with two British journalists onboard. Just before KLM’s fifth birthday, the airline’s first intercontinental flight took off on a Fokker F.VII tri-motor aircraft from Amsterdam with the final…

Air France, British Airways and KLM to Suspend Routes to…

Three of Europe's largest carriers have announced they plan to end flights to Tehran, the Iranian capital, citing lack of demand and poor financial performance. The final flights in September will mark the end of such routes that were only reintroduced two years ago after Iran's 2015 nuclear deal framework…

Mr. Smith Goes to Paris: Strike Threats and a Falling…

The recent appointment of Canadian Benjamin Smith as CEO of Air France-KLM has ruffled some feathers within the organization that operates both the French and Dutch flag-carriers. French and Dutch unions are already threatening strike action, a measure frequently used in Europe, if there is no dialogue on pay. Since the…

Delta Launches Corporate Benefits Program with Air France-KLM

Delta, along with its joint venture partner, Air France-KLM, is launching a new program bringing aligned benefits for corporate customers. This is an industry-first program catered to enhancing corporate customers’ travel experiences. Titled ‘Global Corporate Priority’, the program aligns the most valued corporate traveler benefits that were based on customer…

Planned French ATC Strikes Will Affect Tuesday Flights

Travelers set to fly through French airspace on Tuesday may be greeted with a shock after numerous flights have been left as cancelled due to planned strikes by French air traffic controllers. A variety of airlines have had to put plans in place to accommodate passengers, such as with refunds…

The Airline That Invented Business Class

Many airlines today only offer a business class and an economy class. Some have started to offer a version of a premium economy to passengers. Fewer and fewer airlines still offer a true first class. There were, however, times when there was only a first class and economy class on board…

French Air Traffic Control Goes on Strike…Again

Given the propensity of labor strikes on the European continent, it comes as no surprise that there is yet another air traffic controller strike in France. Since 2010, air traffic control (ATC) strikes have cost the Eurozone economy nearly 12 billion euros and passengers have faced nearly an entire year’s…

Air France-KLM, Delta and Jet Airways Consider Bid for Air…

Update: According to Delta's CEO, Ed Bastian, the airline does not plan to invest in Air India.  As the Indian government begins preparing to accept its first bids for its struggling national carrier, Air India, a syndicate of airlines is looking to make an investment. According to the Press Trust…

Airlines Are Resuming Service to Taiwan After More Than 20…

Beginning in April 2018, Air France will resume service between Paris and Taipei to help boost tourism from Taiwan. Many countries are seeing a considerable number of tourism and trade opportunities coming from Taiwan and for this reason, are resuming services to the island nation, with Air Canada being one…

Joon Begins Baobab Juice Powered Operations from Paris Charles de…

Millennial-focused airline Joon began operations on Friday from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. The brainchild of Air France/KLM, Joon is geared towards the always-connected younger flyer with power available at every seat and free Wi-Fi coming next year. Joon begins their baobab juice powered operations with a fleet of Airbus…