Air France KLM and Delta Airlines estimate revenues of USD 12 bln from jointly operating flights across the Atlantic and 80 pc passenger occupancy in 2009.
Delta Airlines will resume today its direct flights on the Bucharest – New York route. The flights are operated in the summer season in partnership with Air France – KLM.
The company expects the route to register 80 per cent of its total passenger capacity, just as it happened in the same period last year. ‘The route will have four flights per week.
These will be the only direct flights that will connect the Henri Coanda International Airport with New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. (…) Most of the passengers that travel on this route want to visit their friends and relatives, with the summer season being the period that sees the highest demand.
This year in the positive scenario we hope to register more than 80 per cent of the route’s total passenger capacity just as it happened in 2008, with the same expectations in the case of the number of passengers’ Corina Enciu, General Representative Delta Air Lines, stated yesterday in a press conference.
The flights will be part of a partnership reached in May by Delta Airlines and Air France – KLM. The route will be serviced by a Boeing 767-300ER airplane with a capacity of 216 seats.
According to Enciu, 55 per cent of the persons that travel on this route have New York as their final destination, with the rest opting for 40 connections in the US through the company’s hub.
In May Air France – KLM and Delta signed a partnership that provisions the joint operation of flights over the Atlantic and the equal sharing of revenues from this route, revenues that are estimated to stand at USD 12 bln this year. According to Alexandru Dobrescu, Country Manager Air France – KLM Delta, in the fiscal year 2008-2009 that figure stood at EUR 9.3 bln.
The two companies plan to hike their joint market share on this air sector, a share that currently stands at 25 per cent. According to the agreement, the revenues and expenditures from and on 200 daily flights with a capacity of 50,000 passengers will be shared, with Air France – KLM and Delta set to register savings of USD 150 M each.