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Reduced Freighter Operations

Air France-KLM’s Board of Directors is analysing results of a strategic review of the group’s full-freighter operations. On top of ongoing fleet reductions amid a slower than expected recovery in demand, the group is reducing the full-freighter fleet based in Amsterdam to just three aircraft by the end of 2016. Meanwhile, five McDonnell Douglas MD-11s will undergo accelerated phasing out of service during next year and 2016. By that time, the Group will operate just five full-freighter aircraft: two Boeing 777Fs based in Paris and three Boeing 747-400ERFs in Amsterdam compared with the 14 aircraft currently in service. Air France-KLM plans to remain a major player in the cargo sector in Europe through its extensive belly network effectively supplemented by decreasing numbers of full-freighter aircraft.

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In the November issue of Airliner World, we profile Australia’s leading domestic airline and flag carrier subsidiary QantasLink. We also report on Latvian carrier airBaltic’s recent turnaround, welcome the arrival of Qatar Airways’ first Airbus A380 and examine whether global airline alliances are here to stay, or are they being put under pressure by new models of inter-carrier co-operation This issue celebrates some major landmarks; we join US Airways for the final flights of its iconic Boeing 737 Classics and we fly on the last Cyprus Airways service from London/Heathrow to Larnaca. Maintaining our historical theme, we have part 1 of the United/Continental Airlines story, and we fly Pam Am International Flight Academy’s full-motion Boeing 707 simulator, the last device of its kind in existence. The latest issue incorporates our comprehensive coverage of worldwide news, including Garuda Indonesia’s new services from London to Jakarta, the Boeing 737 MAX 200 launch and the official opening of Jet2.com’s multi-million pound training facility, plus all of our regular sections covering the latest commercial aircraft acquisitions, up-to-date accident reports and developments from the world of aviation training.
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