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Air France-KLM Aim for More Brand Clarity with HOP! Rebrand

Air France recently announced that the branding on its regional routes and fleet, currently known as HOP!, will be marketed as Air France HOP. This change aims to link the regional flight offerings more clearly to the Air France brand, making it the sole point of reference for customers wishing to travel on the French flag carrier. This change is part of a process to simplify Air France-KLM’s brand portfolio to provide greater consistency for customers. The Air France-KLM group…

Trip Report: A Disappointing Journey on One of KLM’s Most…

As a typical AvGeek, I’ve always taken any opportunity possible to fly on the most unique and unusual aircraft flying the friendly skies. I’ve flown from Phoenix to New York via San Francisco and Chicago to fly on a United 747-400 before it retired, from New York and back via…

Air France Agrees on Landmark Union Pay Deal to End…

A costly and long-standing pay dispute has finally been resolved after Air France struck a new pay deal with five of the seven unions with whom it had been at loggerheads. The unions, representing 76 percent of Air France's workers, have accepted a four percent pay rise, two percent of…

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

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…

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…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: ALM Antillean Airlines

ALM Antillean Airlines was founded on Aug. 1, 1964, as a division of the Dutch national carrier KLM. The Netherland Antilles were a constituent country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands and consisted of Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius. The islands were separated by the large…

As Times Change for the 747, KLM Still Holds the…

Since its first flight in 1988, the Boeing 747-400 has seen five different versions produced. One of the unique versions was the 747-400M, more affectionately known as the 'Combi.' The unique mixed-use aircraft flew its first flight on June 30, 1989, prior to entering service with KLM later that year.…

A First-Hand Perspective: Onboard KLM’s Final Fokker 70 Flight from…

On Saturday, I was privileged enough to be a passenger on the final Fokker flight by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The first Fokker 70 flight flown by KLM was on Sep. 30, 1920, from Amsterdam to London. KLM chose the return from London to be the final flight for the…