EUROPE & CIS: Delta, AF-KLM JV cut trans-Atlantic capacity

Leading trans-Atlantic joint venture partners- Delta Air Lines, Air France- KLM Group and Alitalia – have announced a year-on-year 7-9 per cent reduction in trans-Atlantic passenger capacity this fall between Europe and the US and Canada, as the airlines respond to rising jet fuel prices and fluctuating seasonal demand. The four member airlines will adjust […]


Leading trans-Atlantic joint venture partners- Delta Air Lines, Air France- KLM Group and Alitalia – have announced a year-on-year 7-9 per cent reduction in trans-Atlantic passenger capacity this fall between Europe and the US and Canada, as the airlines respond to rising jet fuel prices and fluctuating seasonal demand. The four member airlines will adjust their combined network and decrease capacity by reducing frequency on selected routes during the fall and winter seasons and right-sizing the joint venture fleet across the Atlantic while introducing seasonal flying to warm weather destinations. “Our alliance allows us to make strategic decisions about our network and operate as a single airline on trans- Atlantic flights,” said Bruno Matheu, executive vice president Marketing, Revenue Management and Network for Air France-KLM. “Combining our efforts, we are able to leverage the benefits of the joint venture to respond to economic and external cost pressures.” “With the most established joint venture across the Atlantic, we are in a unique position to collaborate with our JV partners to make full use of our combined fleet and networks to generate healthy returns and consistently serve our customers,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president Europe, Middle East and Africa.