KLM Winter schedule 2011–2012
In an uncertain economic context, driven by reduced economic growth and high fuel prices, the Air France/KLM group has reduced its growth ambition for winter 2011-12 schedule to 3.4%* (ASK compared to winter 2010-11). The long haul network shows an overall growth of only 2.6%, while the medium haul growth is 6.2%, primarily driven by introduction of French bases project and continuation of new schedule structure at Amsterdam Schiphol hub. * all growth figures mentioned in this document include a 0.7 point mechanical increase related to the presence of a 29th day in February 2012. * all growth figures mentioned in this document include a 0.7 point mechanical increase related to the presence of a 29th day in February 2012.
This winter, starting October 30, KLM is adding five new intercontinental destinations and one European destination to its network.
KLM is continuing the flight schedule structure that was introduced with the last summer season. The connections between European and intercontinental flights have been improved so passengers have more choice. Thanks to this flight schedule structure, called Seven Wave New Balance, KLM is able to expand its South American and Asian destinations. It also provides the flexibility to be able to respond adequately to political and economic developments in North Africa, among others.
Europe: KLM continues to expand flight frequencies
KLM continues to raise its frequencies in Europe which started in the summer. Compared to the previous winter season KLM has added 15 regular flights a day. Eight of these are in Great Britain, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, in order to enhance the traditionally strong position of KLM in these areas. The Amsterdam-Aalborg route, which was successfully started in the summer, is being continued.
KLM is expanding strongly in Switzerland with an extra service to Zürich and Geneva, and by taking over two daily flights to Basel/Mulhouse from CityJet, a subsidiary of Air France. In Germany, KLM is expanding the number of flights to Frankfurt and Berlin. In Eastern Europe KLM is expanding with an extra flight to Prague, by intensifying collaborations with partner companies (Aeroflot, Bulgaria Air, Belavia, Georgian Airways and Olympic Air) and by using bigger aircraft for flights to Budapest, Bucharest, Warsaw and Moscow.
North America: optimisation of Joint Venture
Together with Delta Air Lines, partner in the transatlantic joint venture, KLM will adapt the capacity to meet the seasonal demand and deal with the industry-wide overcapacity in the transatlantic market. In this context the service to Dallas-Fort Worth will be suspended until the summer.
This coming winter season a non-stop flight to Miami, which is an important Florida destination for the Dutch market, will be offered four times a week. For Houston the second daily flight in the full Business Class configuration will be replaced by a KLM Airbus 330-200 service, which means KLM is increasing the connectivity for the Houston market in the Economy Class segment. For Vancouver an Airbus 330-200 is used. In codeshare with its partner WestJet, KLM is offering 12 new destinations in Canada.
The major hubs of Delta Air Lines in the United States continue to be served as usual in order to guarantee maximum connectivity with the American market: there are two daily flights to Atlanta, two to Minneapolis and three to Detroit. Together with Delta Air Lines, KLM is offering 26 flights a week to New York, including three a day to John F. Kennedy and five a week to Newark.
South America: important growth market
South America is an important growth market for KLM. KLM is strongly increasing its range of flights for both tourists and business travellers, as well as improving its flight schedules.
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) have been added to the network as new destinations. There are three direct flights to these metropolises each week, using a Boeing 777-200. This is KLM's return to these destinations after a temporary absence. The capacity to São Paulo is further increased by the use of a Boeing 777-300 on a number of days. In codeshare with partners Gol and Aerolineas Argentinas, a large number of secondary destinations in South America are being offered via São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. In order to reduce the flight time for travellers and increase the efficiency of the operations, flights to and from Quito/Guayaquil will be direct this winter season, without stopovers in Bonaire.
Central America: significant increase in capacity
KLM is expanding its capacity in the Caribbean. Havana (Cuba) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) have been added as new destinations, which increases the number of destinations in the Caribbean to six. There are a total of three flights a week to Havana, of which two are combined with Punta Cana.
Flights to the Dutch Antilles remain as popular as ever. The number of frequencies is therefore being increased: Curacao is changing from seven to nine, Aruba from three to five and Bonaire from six to seven times a week.
KLM is changing to a daily service for Panama. In addition, the onward connections to destinations in Central America in conjunction with partner company Copa Airlines have been further improved by reducing the connection times. This confirms the successful collaboration with Copa Airlines once again.
Africa: reinforcing the position
The oil destination in Angola, Luanda, is being added to the KLM network. Luanda will be serviced twice a week with a Boeing 777-200. In addition, KLM is increasing the number of regular flights to Cape Town from five to seven times a week in order to satisfy the seasonal demand.
This winter season KLM is maintaining the frequency level in Africa for destinations like Kigali, Entebbe, Lagos, Accra and Johannesburg and, with joint-venture partner Kenya Airways, is offering a large number of secondary destinations via Nairobi.
Because of the unstable political situation in North Africa the capacity to Tripoli and Cairo has been adjusted. KLM will continue to service Cairo on a daily basis with a 737-700. Operations to Tripoli will be resumed as soon as circumstances permit.
Middle East: selective expansion
KLM aims to stabilise and selectively expand its network in the Middle East. For example, the number of regular flights to Damman and Doha are being increased from five to six a week and the capacity to Teheran is expanded with the use of a 777-200. For both the tourist and the business market the service to Dubai remains attractive by maintaining a morning and afternoon schedule.
Asia: increasing the market position
This winter KLM is consolidating its strong position in China. In addition to daily flights to Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai (12 times a week), KLM will also fly to Chengdu, Hangzhou and Xiamen three times a week this winter. For Chengdu this means a frequency increase from twice to three times a week compared to the last winter season. A service to Xiamen was started the past summer season and will be continued. KLM partner China Southern Airlines is continuing flights between Amsterdam and Guangzhou (three times a week) this winter in close cooperation with KLM.
For Japan KLM is adapting its capacity to the seasonal demand. KLM has reduced the number of flights to Tokyo from 10 to 7 a week, while an extra service has been added to Osaka. As a result KLM can offer a daily flight to both destinations.
In Southeast Asia KLM is increasing services to its successful destination Denpasar (Bali, Indonesia) from four to five times a week, with a stopover in Singapore.
In conjunction with Delta Air Lines the capacity to Mumbai (India) will be increased this winter season with the use of an Airbus 330-300.
KLM continues to invest in clean and efficient aircraft in order to guarantee its customers optimal service. After this winter the complete medium-distance fleet will consist of a new generation of Boeing 737 aircraft. Two new Airbus 330-300s will be added to the long-haul fleet.
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