29 May 2012
Through this new partnership, KLM will be offering its customers three daily flights on the Southampton – Amsterdam route and one daily flight on the Inverness – Amsterdam route. The agreement provides passengers from Southampton and Inverness easy connections with the rest of the world via the award-winning Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Flybe will benefit from incremental traffic generated by KLM sales.
Flights on which KLM will put its code will be operated by Flybe with Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 and Embraer E-195 aircraft.
Arriving in Amsterdam Schiphol, KLM customers will have the choice of connections to more than 150 destinations worldwide on routes operated by KLM and its partners.
This partnership enhances the existing cooperation between the Air France-KLM Group and Flybe. Indeed, Flybe and Air France already operate within the framework of a code-share agreement on a substantial number of routes between France and the UK.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded in 1919, making it the world's oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, Air France and KLM merged to form AIR FRANCE KLM. The merger produced one of the leading European air transport groups, based on two powerful brand names and hubs — Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The two airlines collaborate on three core activities while maintaining their own identity: passenger transport, cargo transport and aircraft maintenance.
KLM serves approximately 150 destinations using a modern fleet and employs 33,000 people around the world. KLM offers reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of sustainable innovation. KLM is a member of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance with 15 members providing access to an extensive global network with daily flights to more than 900 destinations.
KLM now operates up to 65 flights on a daily basis from 14 destinations in the UK: Aberdeen, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Durham-Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Leeds-Bradford, London City, London Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.
Together with their partners Delta and Alitalia, Air France and KLM operate the biggest transatlantic joint venture with approximately 260 daily trans-Atlantic flights. The joint venture provides customers with the benefits of a vast route network, structured around seven main hubs: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris-CDG and Rome Fiumicino, together with Cincinnati, Lyon, Milan, Memphis and Salt Lake City
* Flown under the Flybe brand, of which routes and 11 airports are exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair