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Air France-KLM Chairman and CEO Jean-Cyril Spinetta Named '2004 Person Of The Year'
Tuesday November 16, 8:00 am ET
Awarded by The French-American Chamber Of Commerce
YORK, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The French American Chamber of Commerce has named Jean-Cyril Spinetta, Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM, as its 2004 Person of the Year for his exemplary contributions to French-American business relations.
The Award was presented to Mr. Spinetta on November 15, 2004 at a ceremony in New York City. The Person of the Year Award was created in 1984 to honor executives and their companies that have contributed to the development of strong trade relations between France and the United States. Mr. Spinetta is the 21st honoree of this award.
"The North Atlantic corridor has been, and continues to be, the virtual backbone of the Air France global network," said Mr. Spinetta, accepting the award. "This ongoing commitment reflects the long history of our presence in the U.S. marketplace."
In addition, Mr. Spinetta discussed plans to expand the airline's presence in the U.S. by increasing capacity with additional flights from New York, a third daily flight from Washington and, in the very near future, by opening new gateways including Detroit.
"We are honored to recognize Jean-Cyril Spinetta for his unrelenting vision and determination that ensured the growth of Air France-KLM into one of the leading global airlines amidst challenging times in the airline industry," said Serge Bellanger, president, French American Chamber of Commerce. "Mr. Spinetta has demonstrated his commitment to furthering French-American commercial development by expanding the airline's reach in the U.S. and building strategic partnerships through the SkyTeam alliance."
Building Ties between The U.S. and Europe
Under Mr. Spinetta's direction, Air France has established its position as a global leader in the airline industry. He was recently responsible for bringing Air France into the merger that created the number one airline group in terms of revenue, Air France-KLM. Additionally, Mr. Spinetta was one of the principle architects of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. With three U.S. carriers, Delta Air Lines, Continental and Northwest, SkyTeam is now one of the world's leading and fasting growing alliances.
Currently Chairman of the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Board of Governors for the period 2004 - 2005, Mr. Spinetta also served as Chairman of the Association of European Airlines in 2001.
About Air France-KLM
Air France-KLM is the world's leading airline group in terms of turnover, and the European leader in terms of passengers carried. With service to more than 101 long haul destinations, the Air France-KLM group transports more than 66 million passengers annually. Together with its partners in the SkyTeam global airline alliance, Air France-KLM offers its passengers access to 14,320 daily departures to 658 destinations in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit http://www.airfrance.com/us or http://www.klm.com.