Dubai combi flights up for AF-KLM

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Air France KLM Martinair (AF-KL-MP) Cargo is increasing the number of Boeing 747-400 Combi flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Dubai International Airport by three a week from 10 January. 

The group’s combi aircraft are part of the KLM fleet. Flight number KL429 will leave Schiphol at 2045h, arriving in Dubai at 0600h. The return flight, KL430, will leave Dubai at 0755h and arrive in Schiphol at 1200h. The 747-400 Combi offers a cargo capacity of 45 tonnes with seven maindeck positions.

The new flights will add to the existing routes operated by AF-KL-MP. Air France operates a daily service from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) to Dubai leaving at 1330h and arriving at 2305h using a Boeing 777-300 extended range (ER), with a capacity of 23.7 tonnes. The return flight leaves Dubai at 0115h, arriving at CDG at 0550 hours.

KLM also operates a daily service from Schiphol, leaving at 1430h and arriving at 2359h using a Boeing 777-200ER, with a cargo capacity of 12.7 tonnes. The return flight leaves Dubai at 0155h, arriving in Schiphol at 0615h. Martinair also operates four flights a week from Schiphol using a Boeing 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter to Al Maktoum International Airport.

In December, AF-KLM revised its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization by 200 million euros ($238.8 million) because of weak revenue in long-haul markets, the impact of the Air France pilots strike in September, new fiscal regulations. Despite the problems, the airline plans to continue with its Perform 2020 plan, to return to profit by 2020.

Again in December, AF-KLM chairman and chief executive officer, Alexandre de Juniac, said: “By significantly stepping up our cost-cutting efforts and adapting the investment plan, Air France-KLM can gain the resources and be well prepared to tackle 2015.”

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