Air France and KLM begin new routes to Vancouver and Edmonton, now offering the greatest number of flights between Europe and Western Canada.
From 29 March 2015, Air France will offer up to five weekly flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Vancouver. Flights will be operated by Boeing 777-200 with 309 seats: 35 in Business, 24 in Premium Economy and 250 in Economy.
These new services to Vancouver will operate in addition to KLM’s offering of seven weekly flights to the destination from Amsterdam-Schiphol.
As of 5 May, 2015, KLM will offer three weekly flights between Amsterdam and Edmonton, with four weekly frequencies starting from 22 June.
Flights will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 with 243 seats: 30 in World Business Class, 35 in Economy Comfort Zone (offering 10 inches of additional legroom and a doubled seat recline) and 178 in Economy.
KLM will be the first and only airline in continental Europe to connect Europe to the city of Edmonton and will run the service in addition to daily flights to Calgary in the same province.
Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial-Passenger Business AFKL, said: “Both these route launches reflect Air France-KLM’s commercial position, and its desire to strengthen its offering to and from Canada. We are pleased and proud to be offering our customers the largest range of flights between Europe and Western Canada. The complementary nature of Air France and KLM’s flight schedules gives customers a greater choice of connections via the hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol, along with greater choice thanks to our partnership with WestJet, which enables us to offer our customers a network of 38 routes in Canada.”
Air France and KLM have been present in Canada for over 65 years and will serve four destinations this winter – Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary from Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam Schiphol, with a total of 46 weekly frequencies. Air France-KLM also provides a service to the Federal capital of Ottawa in two hours, with a bus service via Montreal.
KLM serves Toronto with flights operated by Boeing 747 equipped with its newly-designed World Business Class, whose seat converts into a 2.07 meter-long bed. From March 29, 2015 and for the entire 2015 summer season, with the addition of new routes to Vancouver and Edmonton, Air France-KLM will offer the largest number of flights between Europe and Western Canada.
Air France-KLM and the Canadian airline WestJet operate a code-share agreement, enabling Air France and KLM to offer their customers 38 routes operated by WestJet, for departures from five Canadian cities served by the group.
On all transatlantic flights, the Air France-KLM Group operates a major joint-venture with Delta and Alitalia. It focuses on the joint operations and the sharing of revenues and costs on more than 250 daily transatlantic flights operated by Air France, KLM, Delta, and Alitalia. It represents close to 25% of the total capacity between Europe and North America and generated revenues of 13 billion dollars in 2013. Between Europe and Canada, this joint venture consists of all Air France and KLM flights, as well as the service between Rome and Toronto operated by Alitalia.