Air France-KLM S.A. is a Franco-Dutch airline holding company created by the merger of Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 2004. Both airlines still operate as separate subsidiaries of the parent company. The group is also one of the founders of the SkyTeam airline alliance. The company, based at Charles-de-Gaulle Airport near Paris, is among the busiest European airlines. The major shareholders of Air France-KLM are the French and Dutch governments.
Performance of Air France-KLM's business segments during the coronavirus pandemic
Air France-KLM's main activities are passenger transport and air freight, as well as aircraft maintenance and servicing. Due to travel restrictions imposed by governments to control the spread of the coronavirus, the airline generated only 11.1 billion euros worth of revenue in 2020. Approximately 6.6 billion euros thereof were achieved through passenger transport and 2.6 billion euros through air freight transport. Transavia is the largest of the wholly owned Air France-KLM subsidiaries. Launched by the group for medium-haul flights in 2007, the budget airline generated only 606 million euros in passenger traffic in 2020. Other subsidiaries of the group are Hop!, Joon, and Martinair.
The Air France-KLM Group fleet and workforce
Air France-KLM boasts a fleet of nearly 550 passenger planes: 172 for long-haul flights, 247 for medium-haul flights, and 121 for regional flights. Six more aircraft are available for cargo services. The group has nine Airbus A380-800 and two Boeing 747-400 available for long-haul destinations. With 132 planes, the Boeing 737 model is the predominant type of aircraft in the medium-haul segment.
In 2020, Air France-KLM's staff consisted of approximately 75,800 employees. With 49,680 people, ground staff accounted for the largest share of the workforce by far. Around 23,700 people were employed as cabin crew and 8,750 as cockpit crew.
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