Articles tagged “air france-klm”

France’s Government Criticizes the Netherlands for Favoring KLM

France’s Government Criticizes the Netherlands for Favoring KLM

Francois de Beaupuy, Bloomberg

At Skift Global Forum last month, Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith said the issues between France and the Netherlands were more of a media creation than a real thing. Recent events, however, suggest otherwise. Now, it's France complaining it's not getting its fair share.

2 weeks ago

Air France-KLM CEO Opens Up on Turnaround Efforts Amid Legacy Woes

Air France-KLM CEO Opens Up on Turnaround Efforts Amid Legacy Woes

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith inherited a complicated mess when he took the top job last year, but he has begun methodically turning the company around, winning contracts from labor and simplifying the fleet and route network.

4 weeks ago

Kenya Airways Wants a Better Deal From Air France-KLM Partnership

Kenya Airways Wants a Better Deal From Air France-KLM Partnership

Bella Genga, Bloomberg

The airline's current partnership clearly isn't working. Air France-KLM seems receptive to changing the existing terms, giving Kenya Airways the opportunity to seek out deals with other carriers.

1 month ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Reveals How He’s Winning Over Labor

Skift Global Forum Preview: Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Reveals How He’s Winning Over Labor

Brian Sumers, Skift

Air France-KLM has been content with the status quo for a long time. Under new CEO Ben Smith, that's changing. But is it too much change, too fast?

2 months ago

Air France-KLM Hints at Further Fleet Changes After Sealing Union Deal

Air France-KLM Hints at Further Fleet Changes After Sealing Union Deal

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Under newish CEO Ben Smith, Air France-KLM has improved its relationship with its unions. This new agreement will make it much easier for its French unit in particular to compete with low-cost rivals.

3 months ago

Air France-KLM Set to Announce a Large Airbus Order

Air France-KLM Set to Announce a Large Airbus Order

Robert Williams , Bloomberg

After a disappointing end to its A380 program, Airbus needs a winner. It looks like the leaner A220 might be it.

3 months ago

The Most Fascinating Part of the World for Airlines So Far This Year

The Most Fascinating Part of the World for Airlines So Far This Year

Jay Shabat, Skift

It's never dull in the airline industry, and the first half of 2019 has been no exception. We were hard-pressed to single out the most interesting region. But the industry in Europe had the wildest ride in the first half, with high-profile bankruptcies, a few strikes, impending acquisitions, changing business models, and the perennial Alitalia saga.

3 months ago

Air France Balks at Government Plan for a New Tax on Flights

Air France Balks at Government Plan for a New Tax on Flights

Tara Patel and Francois de Beaupuy, Bloomberg

In the age of flying-shame, a flight tax might make sense from a consumer perspective. But the French government will find its national carrier Air France is a strong opponent to its implementation.

3 months ago

KLM Has Some Unusual Advice for Its Customers: Fly Less

KLM Has Some Unusual Advice for Its Customers: Fly Less

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

It may sound entirely counterintuitive — even disingenuous — for an airline to urge its passengers to think twice before flying. But in the era of "flying shame," KLM's latest brand messaging might just end up being ahead of the curve.

3 months ago

New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Begins Putting His Imprint on Air France

New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Begins Putting His Imprint on Air France

Brian Sumers, Skift

Insiders sometimes privately ask if Ben Smith will be a short-timer at Air France-KLM. He is trying to bring big change to a company plagued by inertia. But change is happening. Let's see if Smith will have traction.

4 months ago

Accor and Air France-KLM Link Loyalty Accounts in Unique Partnership

Accor and Air France-KLM Link Loyalty Accounts in Unique Partnership

Grant Martin, Skift

A new partnership launched by France's biggest hotel chain and biggest airline will allow loyalty members to benefit from spending money anywhere within the network. It's a lucrative and free perk for business travelers, which harks back to a more generous time in the loyalty game.

4 months ago

New Accor and Air France-KLM Loyalty Partnership Raises Bar for Targeting Biz Travelers

New Accor and Air France-KLM Loyalty Partnership Raises Bar for Targeting Biz Travelers

Grant Martin, Skift

Like a similar program now in place between American and Hyatt, the partnership between Accor and Air France-KLM aims to share customers between similar target markets. Unlike its American cousin though, this partnership is open to all loyalty tiers.

4 months ago