Air France-KLM upgrades Amadeus content

By Amanada Greenwood

Air France-KLM has renewed its content agreement with Amadeus to include some of its optional services.
The deal sees travel agents have continued access to fares and inventory including Economy Comfort for KLM and Air France’s Seat +.

Travel agents will also be able to sell a ‘New Economy Offer’ so customers have the option to purchase a MiNi fare.

“We are very pleased to reach this agreement, which fits in the Transform plan of the group,” said Jean Wieviorka, SVP global sales and distribution at Air France-KLM. “The extension of the content agreement supports Air France-KLM strategy to give Amadeus travel agents worldwide an efficient access to our wide range of services, fares and options.”

The deal comes as KLM launches its ‘Pack&GO’ campaign for 2013 with consumer events taking place at the Trafford Centre this weekend and Westfield London next weekend giving away flights.

In addition, KLM has penned a new codeshare agreement with Korean Air that will see the two carriers offer daily flights between Seoul and Amsterdam. From 16 January 2013, Korean Air will start codesharing on KLM’s four weekly flights between Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and Seoul Incheon airport. KLM meanwhile, will place its code on Korean Air’s three weekly flights services between on the rote.

Sourced by Travel Daily UK


Contour airline seat firm sheds 62 jobs in Cwmbran

An airline seat manufacturer is to make 62 workers redundant at a factory in south Wales.

Contour Aerospace Ltd, which employs 1,000 staff and contractors at Cwmbran, Torfaen, said it had been examining the long-term future of the business.

The firm says staff affected will be offered personalised support during a statutory consultation period running until 30 March.

Contour will also cut 18 of the 200 jobs at its plant in Camberley, Surrey.

Competitiveness

The company, which supplies seating and aircraft interiors for many of the world’s major airlines, said it remained “committed to building on its global market leadership to develop the company to its maximum potential”.

It said the decision to cut a total of 80 jobs at its two plants was the conclusion of an 18-month process to ensure the long-term competitiveness of the business.

The firm said the redundancies would affect employees across the majority of departments.

In December it was announced that Contour was being sold to French rival Zodiac Aerospace SA.

At that time, senior managers said it was “business as usual” and there was no impact expected for the workforce from the takeover.

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Airline offers chance to pick who you sit next to using Facebook

By , Transport Editor

It is developing an internet service known as “meet and seat” which will give   fliers access to to their fellow travellers’ Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.

The scheme will be launched next year and KLM admitted that many details still   have to be worked out.

Many airlines already charge passengers if they wish to pick their seats more   than 24 hours ahead of travel as they look to wring as much money as they   can out of passengers over and above the cost of the plane ticket.

However KLM was unable to say whether it will levy a fee for what is believed to be the first such matchmaking service to be adopted by an airline.

Although the details remain under wraps, the technology appears simple.   Passengers looking to choose their seat ahead of travel can do so on the internet already, with most airlines putting seating maps of aircraft   online.

It could enable people with like minded interests to while away the time on a long and boring flight or at least enable passengers to avoid being stuck   alongside the traveller from hell.

For some passengers the service could provide an opportunity for professional   networking and swapping of business cards.

Others may hope to strike up something more than a friendly conversation.

According to one poll of 1,000 travellers earlier this year by a flight comparison website, that 45 per cent of passengers admitted to flirting   during a flight.

A third of respondents said that the encounter on board led to a rendezvous on   land, with eight per cent saying that it led to a fully-blown relationship.

Another American came to similar conclusions with 29 per cent of respondents   admitting that love had struck either on board or at the airport on one occasion.

An astonishing 10 per cent confessed that this had happened on more than one   occasion, while 3.6 per cent said they could not take a flight without becoming romantically involved with another passenger.

The KLM initiative has been echoed elsewhere.

While other airlines have stopped short of using Facebook as a dating service, they have not been slow to use social media.

British Airways now has more than 136,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook has formed a key marketing tool, with the airline running a competition to subscriber.

Sourced by Telegraph

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Cwmbran airline seat firm Contour sold to Zodiac

Cwmbran-based airline seat manufacturer Contour Aerospace Ltd is set to be sold to a French rival.

The deal with Zodiac Aerospace SA will need approval from competition regulators but is expected to be finalised early next year.

Contour employs 1,000 workers at its Welsh factory, which opened in 2000 and a further 250 staff in Surrey.

Senior managers at Contour said it was “business as usual” and there was no impact expected for the workforce.

Zodiac Aerospace is a global company with 23,000 staff and revenues of 2.75bn euros (£2.3bn) in 2010/11.

Its aero seat division has competed with Contour for business with airlines.

Contour said its “mission” was to become the number one supplier of airline seating for the first, business and premium economy markets. It produced the first “lie-flat” seats for British Airways.

‘Business as usual’

Contour Joint Managing Director, Ian Plummer said: “This signals an exciting new phase in Contour’s development”.

“Under Zodiac Aerospace ownership a significant number of benefits will accrue to the business, including access to the extensive resources of a much larger aerospace group,” said Mr Plummer.

“It is very much business as usual for all at Contour and we will continue to press ahead with our innovative design and concepts for which we have justifiably gained an excellent reputation,” he added.

Olivier Zarrouati, Zodiac’s Chief Executive, said they were “impressed by Contour’s capabilities”.

“We are looking forward to working together and, by combining our respective strengths, to develop Contour to its maximum potential,” he added.

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