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WestJet, KLM Expand Codeshare To Prepare For International Travel

The summer travel season has reached its peak, and several countries already reopened their borders with relaxed entry requirements and have eased Covid-19 mandates. As a result, several major airlines have revived key routes and unveiled new flight operations to recapture as much of the market as possible since the ongoing surge in passengers traveling continues to rise. While Canada prepares for its border reopening, Westjet – Canada’s second-largest airline – used this time period and opportunity to prepare for…

KLM Increases Destinations in South America, Caribbean

KLM announced Wednesday that its route network was closer to operating at full strength as it raises the number of destinations it is serving within South America and the Caribbean, reaching 2019 levels with 17 destinations at the end of the quarter. Destinations currently served in South America include the…

KLM Announces Six New Intercontinental Services

KLM has announced a significant expansion of its winter intercontinental schedule, introducing six new routes commencing between Oct. 31 and March 26, 2022. The new services are in line with KLM’s strategy of expanding its network to where recovery will be fast and will offer customers the broadest possible choice…

AFI KLM E&M Inks New Deals, Prepares for A220

Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) announced on April 28 that it has signed numerous new deals and service offerings for its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business. These will include new services for the Airbus A220-300 and a new deal signed with Corendon Dutch Airlines,…

KLM Cityhopper Takes First Embraer E195-E2

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ subsidiary KLM Cityhopper has taken delivery of its first Embraer E195-E2 aircraft, registered PH-NXA. The aircraft will be the first of the type in the regional airline’s fleet and is leased from ICBC Aviation Leasing. The delivery took place at Embraer's production facilities in Brazil. The…

KLM Operates World’s First Flight Using Synthetic Kerosene

KLM has announced that it has operated the world's first passenger flight using sustainable synthetic kerosene. The flight operated between Amsterdam Schiphol and Madrid Barajas airports and used 500 liters of synthetic kerosene. The news was announced at the international conference on Synthetic Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) in The Hague.…

European Airline Asian Subsidiaries: Why Did They Exist?

The Netherlands is home to one of the most prominent airlines in Europe. In the skies over Amsterdam and surrounding Dutch countryside, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines aircraft are hustling to and from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. While Delta, Air France, Korean Air and Aeromexico founded the SkyTeam airline alliance, the Dutch…

Birds of a Feather: The Aircraft Lost to COVID-19 in…

To not mince words about the commercial aviation industry when talking about the last year, but 2020 sucked. The global force for moving passengers was grounded with the rapid spread of COVID-19 as borders closed, demand fell and airlines looked to make the most of the disaster at hand. Months…

Delta Operates First COVID-Free Flight from Atlanta to Amsterdam

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, Delta Air Lines operated its first COVID-free flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to Amsterdam Schipol Airport. The flight is designated for customers with essential travel needs, such as work, health and education, and requires passengers to receive three negative PCR tests to enter the Netherlands…

Dutch Government Approves Loan Package For KLM

As the coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the commercial aviation industry, airlines are taking all measures necessary to weather the storm and survive this unprecedented crisis. During difficult times like these, more than ever cash is king, so all carriers have launched a series of initiatives to improve their cash position…