Air France stated (15-Sep-2010) that with China Airlines joining SkyTeam Alliance, it would increase its presence in the Asian market. Air France and KLM serve seven destinations from Paris and/or Amsterdam with 84 weekly services increasing to 109 weekly services including those operated on a codeshare basis with China Eastern and China Southern. Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong are served by both airlines, Guangzhou by Air France only and Chengdu, Taipei, Hangzhou by KLM. [more]
Air France-KLM to increase Asian presence with China Airlines joining SkyTeam
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