20. May 2011 12:02
Delta Air Lines, Air France KLM and Alitalia, the members of the leading trans-Atlantic joint venture, have decided to reduce the trans-Atlantic passenger capacity by 7 to 9 percent y-o-y this fall between Europe and the US and Canada. The move is being taken to offset losses due to significant increase in jet fuel prices and fluctuating seasonal demand.
According to the announcement, the combined network will be adjusted and capacity decreased by reducing frequency on selected routes during the fall and winter seasons. The joint venture fleet across the Atlantic will be right-sized. Besides, seasonal flying to warm weather destinations will also be introduced.
The Delta Air Lines, Air France KLM and Alitalia JV have a combined fleet of 144 aircraft with more than 260 daily trans-Atlantic flights currently operational. Customers have access to 300 destinations beyond the 26 North American gateways and 200 destinations beyond the 33 European gateways throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. The JV network is presently structured around seven main hubs, which include Amsterdam, Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York-JFK, Paris-CDG and Rome Fiumicino, together with Cincinnati, Lyon, Milan, Memphis and Salt Lake City.