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Company Watch - Air France KLM.

Jun 18, 2007

Air France yesterday launched daily Paris CDG-Seattle flights aboard an Airbus A330-200. Jun 12, 2007

Air France retires its last Boeing 737 After 25 years of Boeing 737 operations, SkyTeam member Air France has retired its last example of the type from service. The airline said it operated its last Boeing 737 flight yesterday aboard a -500 on its Paris CDG-Turin route. Jun 12, 2007

Air France has retired its last Boeing 737 after 24 years using the type across its European and North African network. Flight AF1703 operating from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Turin, made its farewell trip under the command of Captain Eric Monlouis, who is also chief of Air France's 737 division, with 89 passengers on board. Air France ordered its first 737 - a -200 model - from Boeing at the relatively late date of 1982 - with the first aircraft put into service on the Paris-Barcelona route the following year. An Air France statement said: "The Boeing 737 was our first aircraft to be flown with two pilots. By the end of the 1990s, the company operated 50 737-200/300 and -500 machines across European and North African routes." The 737-300 and -500 models began Air France's use of the 737 Next Generation aircraft. Jun 13, 2007

Air France KLM flew 16.81 billion RPKs in May, up 3.9% from the year-ago month. Capacity rose at the same rate to 21.26 billion ASKs, leaving load factor level at 79.1%. Jun 11, 2007

Air France KLM is seeking full control of Amsterdam-based Martinair and has begun lobbying the European Commission to obtain clearance for a 100% holding, according to widespread reports from the Netherlands. Martinair is owned jointly by KLM and Danish shipping group Moeller-Maersk. KLM initially launched a bid in 1998 but was rebuffed by the EC, which also imposed a fine equal to euro40,000 ($53,474) on the Dutch flag carrier for supplying incorrect and misleading information regarding transavia.com, the LCC that operates as an independent subsidiary of AF KLM. The company's new plan involves integrating Martinair's cargo activities into its own operation while incorporating MP's European charter business into transavia, De Telegraaf reported. MP would focus on long-haul charters. It posted a a[logical not]7 million loss in 2006, reversed from a profit of a[logical not]14 million in 2005, as both its cargo and passenger activities were impacted by high fuel prices. Jun 12, 2007

China Southern expects to join SkyTeam by year end, which President Liu Shaoyong noted will help to boost cargo capacity through deeper cooperation with members whose networks are concentrated in Europe and North America. China Southern already is discussing a cargo joint venture with Air France KLM. Jun 13, 2007

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