September 2010 Traffic



- Rise in traffic (+1.8%)
- Improvement in load factor (+1.9 points) to 83.8%



- Strong rise in traffic (+6.0%)
- Improvement in load factor (+2.1 points) to 67.5%

September was impacted by air traffic control strikes. Nevertheless, both the passenger and cargo operations maintained the trend observed since the beginning of the financial year, with a rise in load factors, especially in cargo, and a marked improvement in unit revenues.


Traffic in September rose 1.8% for slightly reduced capacity (-0.5%), leading to a 1.9 point rise in load factor to 83.8%. The number of passengers rose to 6.3 million (+1.5%). Unit revenue per available seat kilometer (RASK) excluding currency was up strongly year on year, both in economy and premium classes.

On the Americas network traffic declined slightly by 0.5% for capacity down 1.8%. The load factor gained 1.2 points to 89.4%.

Traffic on the Asia network rose 3.3% with capacity up 1.6%. The load factor gained 1.4 points to 88.6%. At the beginning of the month, Air France deployed the Airbus A380 on the Paris-Tokyo route, the third to be served by this aircraft following New York (2009) and Johannesburg (February 2010).

On the Africa and Middle East network traffic was up 4.9% with a 1.9% increase in capacity, thanks to an earlier end of the Ramadan this year. The load factor gained 2.3 points to 79.6%.

On the Caribbean and Indian Ocean network traffic rose 4.5% with capacity up 5.2%. The load factor gave up 0.6 points to 75.4%.

Traffic on the European network was up by 1.0% in spite of the cancellation of more than 1,300 flights because of air traffic control strikes, notably in France. Capacity declined by 4.2%, leading to a record load factor for the month of September of 76.4%, up 4.0 points.


Traffic rose 6.0% for capacity up 2.7%. The load factor gained 2.1 points to 67.5%. Unit revenue per available ton kilometer (RATK) excluding currency rose strongly versus September 2009.

Recent developments

A number of strategic developments have been announced in recent weeks:

In the area of sustainable development, Dow Jones included the group for the sixth year running in the “Dow Jones Sustainability” indexes (DJSI). The group was also recognized as the most respon-sible company (“leader”) in the “air transport” sector, as well as “super sector leader” of the broader “travel and leisure” sector.

The group launched a 110 million euro investment over three years to install new, ergonomically redesigned business class seats, incorporating a two meter bed. This seat will be installed in 40 aircraft in the next three years.

Air France was voted “Airline of the year” at the “2010 Business Travel Gold Awards”. Business travelers applauded two innovations: the ‘Premium Voyageur’ cabin on long-haul flights, and the new ‘Premium Eco’ offer on medium-haul.

In China, Air France signed a joint venture agreement reinforcing its co-operation with China Southern, the leading Chinese carrier. This completes the agreement in place since 2006 between KLM and China Southern.

China Airlines, based in Taiwan, signed an agreement to join SkyTeam effective in 2011. SkyTeam will then have five members in the region: Korean Air, China Southern, Vietnam Airlines, China Eastern and China Airlines.

From 31st October, Air France-KLM will offer a fifth daily flight to Tokyo, thereby initiating a service to Haneda airport, just 30 minutes from the city center. This flight will be operated by Japan Airlines.

In Africa, the group announced a significant extension of its network between now and Summer 2011, adding four new destinations, subject to obtaining traffic rights, as well as additional frequencies on eight destinations. As at Winter 2010-11, the group will thus offer 43 destinations and 206 daily frequencies.

The maintenance division signed an important 12 year contract with Air Canada for the maintenance of 18 Boeing 777 engines.


Over KLM
De Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij is in 1919 opgericht en de oudste, nog onder haar oorspronkelijke naam opererende, luchtvaartmaatschappij ter wereld. In 2004 fuseerden Air France en KLM tot AIR FRANCE KLM. Zo ontstond een sterke Europese luchtvaartgroep, gebaseerd op twee krachtige merken en hubs, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol en Parijs Charles de Gaulle. Met behoud van eigen identiteit richt de groep zich op 3 kernactiviteiten: vervoer van passagiers, vracht en vliegtuigonderhoud.

In Nederland vormt KLM de kern van de KLM Groep waar ook KLM cityhopper en deel van uitmaken. KLM bedient al haar bestemmingen met een moderne vloot en is met ruim 33.000 medewerkers wereldwijd actief. Een speler die voorop staat in de luchtvaartindustrie, met een betrouwbare operatie, die met bezieling en op een duurzame manier innoveert in klantgerichte producten.

KLM is lid van SkyTeam, de luchtvaartalliantie die een wereldwijd netwerk aanbiedt aan al haar klanten. Het netwerk van KLM verbindt alle belangrijke economische regio’s in de wereld met Nederland en is daarmee een stimulans voor de economie.

Over SkyTeam
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