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Amstelveen,
07
April
2014

Air France KLM Traffic Results - March 2014.

Summary

- Passenger: disciplined capacity growth; impact of timing of
                     Easter.

- Cargo: increase in load factor

Traffic Highlights

  • 6.3 million passengers, +0.3%
  • Capacity growth on the Americas driven by Latin America (+10.0%). Capacity up 1.6% on North America
  • Strong impact of medium-haul restructuring especially on Air France point-to-point network, compensated by capacity growth at KLM
  • Traffic, load factor and unit revenue negatively impacted by Easter week falling in April this year versus March last year
  • Unit revenue per available seat kilometer (RASK) ex-currency down compared with March 2013, due to the timing of Easter
  • No change in market trend identified during the first quarter.

Cargo:

  • Rise in load factor
  • Unit revenue per available ton kilometer (RATK) ex-currency down compared with March 2013

Recent developments

  • On 31st March, Air France launched a route to Brasilia, the third destination to Brazil, after Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. This route is underpinned by the recent strengthening of the partnership with GOL. By next Summer the group will operate more than six flights per day to Brazil.
  • Air France-KLM selected the GEnx-1B engine to equip the Boeing 787-9 fleet. The agreement includes a partnership with General Electric on the GEnx engine maintenance. The first B787 will be delivered to KLM in October 2015 and to Air France in January 2017.
  • Air France-KLM also announced the acquisition of a US component support specialist, Barfield, enabling the group to complete its presence on the world’s number one aircraft maintenance market.
  • At the beginning of April, Air France launched a new advertising campaign in 12 countries in line with the ongoing product upgrade strategy. 
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About KLM
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance.

In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group, which further includes KLM Cityhopper, transavia.com and Martinair. KLM serves all its destinations using a modern fleet and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, offering reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.

KLM is a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, offering customers an extensive worldwide network. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region in the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the economy.

About SkyTeam
SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive worldwide network offering more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers access to over 490 lounges worldwide.

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