Cooperation Solid Between KLM and Etihad Airways
Dutch daily De Telegraaf today printed an article under the heading “Etihad Rejects KLM” (“Etihad wil niet met KLM”). This is wholly inaccurate. The same goes for the supposed statement by Peter Hartman about a joint venture with Etihad Airways.
Mr Hartman has always stated that he is in favour of developing new forms of joint ventures. The reason being that joint ventures developed in the 1980s are no longer suitable under current circumstances. At present, KLM and Etihad Airways are assessing what form of cooperation best suits them.
KLM recently began operating daily service to Abu Dhabi. To further cement intensive cooperation, Etihad will begin operating daily service between Abu Dhabi and Schiphol from 21 May, in code-share with KLM.
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 the strongest European airline group based on two powerful brands and hubs – Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Retaining its own identity, the group focuses on three core businesses: passenger transport, cargo and aircraft maintenance.
In the Netherlands, KLM comprises the core of the KLM Group, which further includes KLM Cityhopper, transavia.com and Martinair. KLM serves all its destinations using a modern fleet and employs over 33,000 people around the world. KLM is a leader in the airline industry, offering reliable operations and customer-oriented products resulting from its policy of enthusiasm and sustainable innovation.
KLM is a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, offering customers an extensive worldwide network. The KLM network connects the Netherlands to every important economic region in the world and, as such, serves as a powerful driver for the economy.
SkyTeam is a global airline alliance providing customers from member airlines access to an extensive worldwide network offering more destinations, more frequencies and more connectivity. Passengers can earn and redeem Frequent Flyer Miles throughout the SkyTeam network. SkyTeam member airlines offer customers access to over 490 lounges worldwide.