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Would We Ever See KL Metal Flying An AF Flight?  
User currently offlineEastern023 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 909 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks ago) and read 3477 times:

I wonder if you would ever see the blue frames of KL flying CDG-IAD (just an example) on an AF flight. Do they swap equipment at all?.

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User currently offlineNYC2theworld From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

At this point no. There are two reasons for this I believe.

1-Ownership with respect to international bi-laterals. The ownership structure is such that all of KL's equity is owned by AF-KL however to preserve landing rights, KL's voting rights are controlled, (but not owned) by Dutch interests. Untill the EU renegotiates all bi-laterals that the Netherlands has to permit KL to be owned by outside interests, then they cannot take the next step in merging. So since they are still operating under two certificates, then no, KL will have to remain KL for now and AF will remain AF for now.

2-Culture. Which brand survives. Now that all AF-KL planes are have the group logo, more people recognize that AF and KL are almost one airline. Which brand has more value among various stakeholders (governments, customers, stockholders, general public). Do they keep one of the two brands, or do they go for a whole new brand?

To protect KLM's landing rights under existing agreements, a majority of the voting rights, though not the equity, in the KLM subsidiary would be held for three years by the Dutch government and two Dutch foundations, keeping it technically Dutch. Some analysts saw the seeds of future governance problems in the arrangement, but Mr. van Wijk said that there was no risk and that KLM's management had ''always been driven by economic interests.''

from - http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...659C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all

Always wonderers if this "last and final boarding call" is in fact THE last and final boarding call.
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