Worldoftui From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3291 times:
According to http://www.commercialaviationtoday.com/ and klm.com, they have announced that they are returning to Atlanta on Sep 15th. It was initally planned for Oct 31, but due to anticipated demand, the early date has been chosen. They will collaborate, as usual, with NW, and will use 767-300ER aircraft.
Lj From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4418 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2990 times:
Why is this news? I booked a flight for February 2005 on KL AMS-ATL on April 10?
Our beloved airline called KLM is known for writing a press release with socalled "news" but in reality the press release contains 90% "old" news and 10% "new" news. People still think it's all news because they've missed the first press release (great marketing trick). Editors working for magazines or internet news service have to fill space thus welcome anyone with a press release (even if it doesn't contain any news).
The news itself was known in April and we discussed it then on this board together with the reason why KLM cancelled MIA. I personally expect at least another press release before they actually launch the ATl service (just to remind anyone that they'll start). The last thing KLM wants are empty seats on their ATL service.
BTW what you'll read in a KLM press release only once are cancellations of destinations and services which they announced but which they postponed or cancelled before it started. But then, this is bad news and you'rte not going to emphasize bad news.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32689 posts, RR: 72
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2700 times:
Last time i checked ATL had the 4th highest O&D figures in the US, MIA was something like 15th or lower!
The Miami-area has three commerical airports, Atlanta has one.
The reasons for KLM Royal Dutch dropping MIA:
-With the new Air France merger, there is no reason for it. MIA-CDG is a high-yielding route, MIA-AMS is not. They are simply moving the traffic through Paris, where yield and demand is stronger. When they didn't have AF, Miami was a destination served more by nessecsity. It is an important and key trans-Atlantic market to have in the network. Even though KLM will no longer serve MIA, it will be in the network via Air France.
-While KLM is dropping MIA-AMS, Air France is increase MIA-CDG to 10w and Martinair Holland is increasing MIA-AMS to 6w.
767-332ER From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2030 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2549 times:
Someone had mentioned the idea of having an AMS-ATL-MIA flight...well, with KL subsequentially going into Skyteam, they could easily funnel pax down to Florida on DL...so I don't see the purpose of utilizing KL's a/c for that run. Plus with DL's great network to FL from ATL, this will give passengers a more "targeted" choice of cities as opposed to having to fly into MIA, which is horrible in my opinion.
Twinjets...if one fails, work the other one twice as hard!!!
HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1990 times:
Don't let the topic police discourage you. It was news to me as well as I was in Brazil in April and didn't read these boards for a month. Apparently, some people on here read these boards EVERY day and know EVERY thing that has EVER been posted.
Thanks for posting.