Top 10 Airlines in the World 2016

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7. Air France–KLM

Air France-KLM is the result of merger between Air France of France and KLM of Netherlands in 2004.

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It is a holding company that is incorporated in France and headquartered in Tremblay-en-France. Both airlines had a rich history of operations before merging, and KLM was established in 1919 while Air France was established in 1933, and also it employs 35,000 people across its offices in Netherlands and France.


KLM is the world’s oldest airline that is still operating under its original name. It was rated one of the safest airlines in 2015.

Amsterdam Airport Schipol and Paris- Charles de Gaulle Airport are its two major hubs for operation. It is a member of the SkyTeam airlines alliance. It operates flights to 71 European and 67 intercontinental destinations. Along with its partners it offered services to more than 180 destinations all over the world.

There has been a change in its European strategy, earlier it used to offer three flights per day from limited number of destinations. Currently it offered one flight per day but to higher number of destinations. Its fleet consists of Boeing aircrafts. It operates Boeing 777, Boeing 747, Airbus A330, Boeing 787, Boeing 737 and Embraer 190, Fokker 70 aircrafts. It inducted Boeing 787-9 in November 2015 to improve operational efficiency and improve customer experience.

It is focusing on innovation within the organization. It has provided iPads to frontline staff, introduced e-fast delivery in Cargo and seat repairs are done using 3D printers in Engineering and maintenance. It plans to make further investments in its digital abilities.

Sales: $ 28.9 bn

Profit: $ 0.13 bn

Assets: $ 25.3 bn

Fleet Size: 199

Destinations: 180

Passengers Carried: 89.8 million

Company Slogan: Journeys of Inspiration (KLM) and France is in the air (Air France)