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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 airline remains a notable airline within the airline network. In addition, KLM had a special subsidiary for flights to Taiwan.  In 1995, the Dutch flag carrier founded KLM Asia. Its…

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…

Qatar Airways Becomes Third Airline to Suspend Its Route to…

Qatar Airways joins Air New Zealand and Emirates in announcing that it will halt flights to Argentina. The three airlines confirmed that operations will not be resumed to the South American country even after the restrictions for commercial flights ends. On April 24 earlier this year Air New Zealand was…

British Airways and the Boeing 747 — A Look Back…

The warning signs were there in March when the coronavirus stopped the aviation industry dead in its tracks. The knock-on effects from the global downturn of passenger traffic were already being calculated by airlines across the world, with decisions being made for what life would look like for airlines post-COVID.…

Wizz Air Takes Legal Action Against Ryanair Over Buzz Brand

Europe’s two low-cost giants Ryanair and Wizz Air are in an open conflict over Buzz, a subsidiary of the Ryanair Group, as announced by Ryanair in a statement on Friday. Wizz Air previously filed a lawsuit against Ryanair to block its rival low-cost carrier from using the Buzz brand. The…

Air France Set to Slash 7,850 Jobs Amid Pandemic

During a central social and economic committee on July 3, Air France announced a dramatic workforce restructuring plan. The company will cut 7,850 jobs including 6,560 at Air France and 1,020 at the short-haul subsidiary HOP!, equating to more than 16% of the company’s workforce. With workforce reductions, the airline…

Controller Mistakenly Clears a KLM 737 to Line-Up Ahead of…

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) investigators have revealed that KLM Cityhopper pilots aborted the take-off at high speed (above 85 knots) after hearing that runway controller issued a take-off clearance to another aircraft for the same runway. The incident took place at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 27…

Air France Ramps Up Flight Schedule as Restrictions Ease

Air France has announced its plan to increase the number of scheduled passenger flights it will offer in the summer as it expects a rise in passenger traffic over the coming period. According to the announcement released on Friday, it will serve passenger flights to nearly 150 destinations in the…