8-Feb-2011 10:05 AM

Air France focusses on Asia Pacific

Air France-KLM will raise capacity in the Asia Pacific region by 10% in 2011, its largest increase, followed by Africa and and Latin America (Bangkok Post, 08-Feb-2011). The group is concentrating on Asian markets such as China, Japan, India, South Korea and Southeast Asia including Bangkok and Singapore. Senior vice-president for the Asia Pacific, Marnix Fruitema, said the carrier is also keen on entering India. For Thailand, Air France will on 09-May-2011 replace its A340-300 aircraft on its daily Bangkok-Paris service with a new B777-200 widebody aircraft featuring an enhanced business class, which will enable the carrier to increase its capacity on the route by more than 70% over the 2010 summer traffic period. On 28-Mar-2011, Air France will introduce a new three times weekly Paris-Bangkok-Phnom Penh service, becoming the only European carrier linking Cambodia with Europe.