Friday 24 January 2014
Today, 24 January 2014, Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM and Andre Viljoen, CEO of Air Mauritius, signed an agreement at a ceremony presided by Dass Thomas, Chairman of the Air Mauritius governing board, which will extend the existing collaboration between the two airlines.
This agreement provides for the continuation of Air Mauritius and Air France codeshare operations on the route between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius, thanks to the collaboration set up in 2008. For the 2013-14 winter season, the two airlines are operating up to 16 flights a week between the two destinations.
In addition, Air Mauritius customers benefit from many European destinations operated by Air France on departure from the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub. Similarly, Air France customers can connect from Mauritius to Reunion on flights operated by Air Mauritius.
With this new agreement, Air France will provide Air Mauritius with its enhanced expertise in several areas: commercial operations, Revenue Management, cost management, procurement, maintenance and cost reductions notably in terms of fuel savings.
In addition, as part of this new partnership, Air France is reaffirming its commitment to provide its full support to Air Mauritius in its aim to join the global airline alliance SkyTeam.
"The strategic partnership agreement signed today is a continuation of Air France’s historical presence in Mauritius which it has been serving non-stop since 1946. We are strengthening our cooperation, notably by providing Air Mauritius with our enhanced expertise in various key fields. In addition, by combining our flight offerings on the Paris-Mauritius route, we will be offering all our customers even more frequencies and connecting opportunities, especially from our powerful hub at Paris-Charles de Gaulle," said Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM.
"This extended agreement confirms the trust and collaboration that unites Air Mauritius and Air France. 2014 marks the sixteenth year of our collaboration, which has been the backbone of our operations at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, one of the pillars of our network. Charles de Gaulle is indeed a crucial point of entry for access to European markets, which remain very important for tourism and business, both for our airline and for our country," said Andre Viljoen, CEO of Air Mauritius.
Since 1 November 2012, Air France and Air Mauritius customers have also been benefiting from their two respective loyalty programs, Flying Blue and Kestrelflyer.
Members can choose to earn Miles on the Air France or the Air Mauritius loyalty programme between Paris and Mauritius, Reunion and Mauritius, and to European destinations served by Air France via the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub.
Kestrelflyer members can use their Miles for award tickets to all Air France-KLM destinations. Similarly, members of the Air France-KLM Flying Blue programme can use their miles to all Air Mauritius destinations.
In addition to being a business partner, Air France has also been a shareholder of Air Mauritius since the Mauritian airline was set up in 1967. The first agreement, signed on 21 October 1998, was subsequently renewed twice, most recently in 2008. During the sixteen years since the original agreement, Air Mauritius and Air France have enjoyed a successful collaboration.
Air Mauritius is the national airline of Mauritius. Founded in 1967, it serves 20 destinations on four continents with a fleet of four Airbus 340-300, two Airbus 340-300E, 2 Airbus 330-200, 2 A319 and 2 ATR 72-500. Air Mauritius carried 1.3 million passengers in the last fiscal year, which represents more than half of passengers at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius. Air Mauritius employs approximately 3,000 staff and is an important catalyst for key sectors of the Mauritian economy, in particular tourism.
Together with its regional airline Hop!, Air France operates 1,500 daily flights in France, Europe and worldwide. Its fleet comprises 389 aircraft in operation.
Since 2004, Air France and KLM have been major players in the air transport industry. The two airlines operate the leading long-haul network on departure from Europe. In 2013, Air France and KLM carried 78.4 million passengers. Both airlines now offer their customers a network covering 243 destinations in 103 countries from their hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol. Their loyalty programme Flying Blue is the leader in Europe and has over 21 million members. Together with their partners Delta and Alitalia, Air France and KLM operate the largest transatlantic joint venture with more than 260 daily flights. Air France and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance, which comprises 19 airlines and provides access to a global network of more than 15,500 daily flights to 1,000 destinations in 178 countries.
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