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Air France-KLM and Alitalia to accelerate their joint projects in 2010

30-Mar-2010 11:17 AM

Air France-KLM and Alitalia stated (29-Mar-2010) they plan to accelerate their joint projects in 2010. In Jan-2009, Air France-KLM signed an agreement with Alitalia strengthening their strategic partnership, with Air France-KLM acquiring a minority 25% stake in the Italian airline. Since then, the carriers have undertaken codeshare agreements, fare combinability and two "neighbourly" JV agreements between Italy and the Netherlands and France, respectively, covering cargo services. In 2010, the carriers plan to extend services between Italy and France, with the introduction of the "hubway" concept between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Rome-Fiumicino which already exists between Paris and Amsterdam. There will also be additional frequencies to Milan (increased from eight to ten times daily between Milan Linate and Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly).  Alitalia will also be joining BlueBiz, Air France-KLM's frequent flyer programme for SMEs, with Air France, KLM and Alitalia to expand the number of "joint contracts" for companies and travel agents from 11 to over countries by 2011.  [more]