Singapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13722 posts, RR: 20 Posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1249 times:
Air France traffic back to year-ago levels
By Kevin Done, Aerospace Correspondent
Published: February 6 2002 20:30 | Last Updated: February 6 2002 20:58
Air France said it was aiming to achieve "positive operating income" for the current financial year to the end of March, dispelling previous fears that it could slip into loss in the wake of the turmoil created in the aviation industry by the terrorist attacks in the US.
The group also became the first European flag carrier to report that its traffic in January had climbed back to the level of a year ago, only four months after September 11.
Traffic in January was 0.4 per cent higher than a year ago, and Air France said that yields or average fare levels in the month were also at the same level as last year.
The group said that advance bookings were "looking good for the months ahead" and confirmed the rebound of traffic to last year's level.
The third quarter loss would be less than expected helped by the falling oil price, which had allowed it to cut its fuel bill by more than 30 per cent to E353m in the three months to the end of December.
The airline said that traffic had been recovering faster than expected from the low point of September and October and the positive trend had continued in January.
Its traffic last month across the North Atlantic was still running 10.6 per cent below the level of a year ago, but traffic was significantly higher on services to Africa, Latin America and Asia. There was a small decline of 1.1 per cent on intra-European routes, while domestic traffic in January fell year-on-year by 8.7 per cent.
Turnover in the the months to December fell by 7.8 per cent to E2.9bn, while turnover in the first nine months of the financial year rose by 2.2 per cent to E9.5bn
AirFranceJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 476 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1215 times:
AF's North American traffic for December surpassed even the best expectations. In many cases, flights were leaving passengers behind, because they were completely full, jumpseat and all.
I think this, along with the great advance bookings for the summer, has given AF a pretty good start for the new year. Already, they have confirmed that JFK-CDG will get 4 daily B777's and 1 SSC for the Summer, and have started hiring new staff at JFK (something which they have not done since August 2001).
AirFranceJFK From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 476 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1173 times:
Funny enough, the demise of Sabena has actually not resulted in increased AF bookings to Brussels, instead, it has seen an increase in AF bookings to Africa.
I always wonder why this was so. I know the AF service to Brussels often went through CDG, and transferred onto the Thalys Train service to Brussels. It is because most people opt to fly direct to Brussels, rather than taking a train, that they don't book AF?
Varig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1578 posts, RR: 8 Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1148 times:
you have to know lots of african living in Paris would fly with SN to Africa since their fares were usually US$150 cheaper compared to AF or RK fares
I flew CDG-BRU-COO with African friends on SN for 3000FF (2 years ago) while AF and RK were selling the flight for 4500FF !! (about US$200 difference)
that's why, now SN and RK are dead, AF is using 744 on ABJ or DKR for example
I'm trying to fly to ABJ (on a limited budget) and all I can find is AF at 655€ ,while before, you could fly there for 450€.....but AF is packing pax since we have no other choice
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