One of the largest fleets in Europe

At December  31, 2013, the Air  France-KLM group fleet comprised 611 aircraft, of which 583 were operational compared with, respectively, 629 and 597 aircraft at December 31, 2012, including the 24 Airlinair aircraft which entered the consolidation scope in early 2013 and the aircraft of the CityJet and KLM subsidiaries which are in the disposal process.

A continued pro-active fleet policy

The Air France-KLM group pursued its pro-active fleet policy whose objective is, firstly, to ensure a fleet scaled in line with the Group’s activity and, secondly, to take full advantage of technological developments to further reduce the impact of activity on the environment. This Air France-KLM group fleet policy is guided by the same four key principles defined three years ago which have even more relevance currently:

  • meet the need for fleet renewal and expansion at the economic performance and marketing levels;
  • remain compatible with the Group’s financial capacity;
  • preserve the asset value of the fleet over the medium and long term;
  • retain an adequate level of flexibility in the fleet plan.

During the 2013 financial year, in line with previous commitments, 16 aircraft joined the fleet and the thirty or so aircraft which left the fleet, notably within the framework of the Transform 2015 plan, were for the most part at the end of their useful lives. The Air France-KLM group thus continued to modernize its fleet while maintaining its ability to organize a significant level of flexibility thanks to the use of operating leases. Subject to notice periods, the Group remains able to adjust the size of its fleet by terminating lease contracts or, inversely, renewing them after renegotiating the conditions. As in every year, a large number of contracts expired for each aircraft type in 2013 and were managed in the most appropriate manner.

Fleet at December31, 2013

     

At December 31, 2013, 38% of the total Group fleet was fully owned (40% at December 31, 2012), 22% under finance lease (unchanged on December  31, 2012), and 40% under operating lease (38% at December 31, 2012).

A fleet plan marked by increased levels of economic and commercial performance, with even greater emphasis on safeguarding the future

Consistent with the decisions taken in 2012 on the reduction in long-haul capacity and the scaling back of medium-haul and regional activity, the order book saw few remaining postponements in aircraft deliveries. The Group also decided on an earlier-than-expected withdrawal from the aircraft sectors whose economic and commercial difficulties were proving too serious. For example, the closure of Air France’s Boeing 747-400 division (passenger and cargo) is planned for the end of 2015 and the closure of KLM’s MD-11 division (passenger) has been confirmed for the autumn of 2014. The Group also pursued its policy of reconfiguring long-haul cabins, particularly in Business and La Première, initially on the Boeing fleets of the two companies.
The Transform 2015 plan is being reflected in a downsizing of the medium-haul and regional fleets at Air France, virtual stability at KLM and growth in the Transavia France fleet. The next phase will be the replacement, in the medium term, of KLM’s remaining Fokker 70s.The Group has received its first Airbus A320s equipped with sharklets. Thanks to these orders, the Group now has a fleet plan covering its needs, under very attractive conditions, through to 2021, in terms of both economics and flexibility, both upwards and downwards.

 

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