Air France-KLM reduces capacity for winter schedule

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Air France-KLM has trimmed capacity growth amid continued European economic uncertainty.

Overall Air France capacity will be cut by 0.3% for the winter 2012/13 schedule. Although some regions will see capacity increases, routes to Asia gain 4.5%, Africa 3.9% and the Caribbean 3.1%. And frequency on the airline's route from Paris to Shanghai has been raised to a daily service.

The French carrier says its remaining seven Boeing 747-400s have been equipped with new business class seats and IFE systems for all passengers. But the type will not be fitted with premium economy seats, which have been introduced on Air France's other long-haul aircraft.

The 747s are operated to a number of destinations, including Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City and Montreal.

KLM will also adjust capacity and "where possible" expand co-operation with partner airlines, says the airline group. Capacity on its long-haul network will increase by 0.4% while short- and medium-haul capacity will be cut back by 1.3%.

The Amsterdam-based carrier has scrapped flights to Miami and Dallas-Fort Worth during the winter schedule.

The airline's MD-11s will be phased out on a number of routes to Latin America. The service from Amsterdam to Paramaribo, Suriname will in future be flown with a 747, while 777s will be deployed to Panama and Airbus A330s to certain Caribbean destinations.

KLM will also phase out its remaining three Fokker 100s, while adding an additional 777-300 to its fleet.