Air France and KLM – The leading airline between Europe and China
Wednesday 2, February 2011
In China, Air France and KLM fly to 6 destinations from Paris and/or Amsterdam with 68 weekly flights and even 93 per week if we count the flights operated on a code-share basis with China Eastern and China Southern. (figures from the 2010-11 winter schedule).
Air France-KLM is therefore the leading airline between Europe and China. In 2010, the two airlines carried over 1.8 million passengers on these routes.
On departure from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Air France operates twelve weekly flights between Paris and Shanghai, as well as a daily service on a code-share basis with China Eastern, the third largest airline in China which decided to join the SkyTeam alliance on 16 April last year.
Air France also operates 10 weekly services to Beijing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, 12 weekly frequencies to Hong Kong and a daily flight to Guangzhou, operated on a code-share basis with China Southern Airlines, a member of the SkyTeam alliance.
KLM also flies to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chengdu and Hangzhou as well as Guanghzou operated on a code-share basis with China Southern Airlines. Starting on 27 March 2011, KLM will operate flights to Xiamen, an important economic centre in Fujian province in southern China.
Between France and China, Air France operates Boeing 777-300s and 200s equipped with four cabin classes (La Première, Business, Premium Voyageur and Voyageur) or three cabin classes (Business, Premium Voyageur and Voyageur). Flights to Guangzhou are operated by the Airbus A340 with the Business, Premium Voyageur and Voyageur cabin classes.
Air France and KLM therefore link one of the world’s leading economic powers to the rest of the planet via their respective hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol which together offer over 33,000 connecting opportunities.
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