The Most Influential Airlines Of 2013
By Adrian Schofield , Jens Flottau
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
Like Iberia and Lufthansa, the Air France part of the Air France-KLM group is in the midst of a major streamlining exercise that it expects will make it 20% more efficient. Putting its short-haul operation back on track is only one of the tasks that Air France has to address in 2013. Its bilateral alliance with Etihad Airways has to be implemented, along with new code-sharing arrangements with Air Berlin, both of which represent deals outside of the SkyTeam alliance. But of even more strategic importance, the group has to determine if it wants to grow further by taking a larger stake in Alitalia or investing in other subsidiaries.
With Andrew Compart, Christine Grimaldi, Darren Shannon and Madhu Unnikrishnan in Washington; Leithen Francis in Singapore; and Bradley Perrett in Beijing.