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About Air France
Established in 1933, Air France is the national flag carrier airline of France. Flying to over 160 international destinations in 93 countries from its core hub at the Charles de Gaulle Airport. Air France - typically stylized as AIRFRANCE - carries over 60 million passengers per annum.The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, and served as the primary flag carrier for 70 years prior to its merger with KLM.
Air France was formed during a merger of a number of smaller airlines, including Air Orient and Air Union, during October 1933. The airline also acquired the operations of another French domestic airline, Air Inter, during 1990. After this, Air France merged with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in 2003, with the newly formed company becoming known as Air France-KLM.
Air France-KLM subsequently became the biggest global airline in terms of operating revenues, and the third biggest global airline in terms of passenger kilometres flown per annum. While they exist as a single company, both KLM and Air France continues operating as separate brands to this day.
By as early as November 2004, Air France was ranked as the largest European airline in terms of operating revenues, boasting a market share in excess of 25%.
Air France's regional subsidiary, HOP! airline, is responsible for operating the bulk of its regional, in-country and European scheduled services.
The Air France Fleet
The Air France Fleet comprises a mix of wide-bodied Boeing and Airbus aircraft for long haul flight routes, with the Airbus A320 used along their shorter regional routes.
Recent developments and profitability
By 2012, the economic climate and increasing competition were taking their toll. Air France was bleeding 700 million Euros per year, resulting in around 5,000 AIRFRANCE employees being laid off. Steps to curb address the airline's economic performance have included Transform 2015, a strategic turnaround plan, as well as the introduction of a brand new economy product in 2013, as well as an improved Premium Economy service launched in the same year. Also during October 2013, the airline also announced that it would be writing off its 25% stake in Alitalia.
Air France currently has codesharing agreements with over 20 international airlines, including Air Berlin, Alaska Airlines, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius, Swiss International Airlines, Jet Airways, Malaysia Airlines and Qatar Airways.
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