Company Watch - Air France KLM.
Air France says it will begin testing personal smart cards that will allow registered travelers to bypass general boarding procedures. The cards will be read by a machine that will open a boarding gate after verifying the passenger. The carrier also is implementing new technology to track luggage as it moves through the airport. Passengers will eventually be notified by text message when their bags arrive on the baggage claim carousel. Sep 17, 2007
Air France KLM is studying a potential merger with either Italy's Alitalia or Spain's Iberia, according to a report on Monday. Air France's chairman and chief executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta said in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper the "consolidation process was not finished; there will be other steps". Alitalia's long-time commercial partner Air France-KLM is frequently cited in Italian media as a likely buyer for the airline -- whose privatization flopped in July -- despite repeated denials by the French airline. Spinetta said Air France KLM had held "informal" talks with potential Spanish financial partners, though it was not yet in talks with Iberia. "We are in the phase of evaluating the potential for cooperation with Iberia," he added. Sep 17, 2007
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