France-KLM Group’s new French medium-haul leisure carrier Transavia will begin operations on 12 May with an
initial link between Paris Orly
and Porto in Portugal.
is 60% Air France-owned, with the remainder belonging to KLM’s Dutch subsidiary Transavia. The new carrier is modelled on its Dutch
parent and has been established to serve the French holiday market.
was revealed as Transavia France’s first destination
during a press conference in Paris
today. The airline will begin services on 12 May, offering twice-daily services
on the route.
initial Boeing 737-800 will be used to launch the Porto link, with a further three of the type
slated for arrival during the summer season. Transavia France is prioritising Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, Greece and Spain
for its early network development.
summer a further three 737-800s, configured in a 186-seat, all-economy layout,
will join Transavia France’s
fleet. The airline is planning to add three more of the type in 2008 and
another two in 2009.
air operator’s certificate (AOC) application is being processed by the French
CAA (DGAC), having been approved by French financial monitor CSAM on 14
new airline, which will employ around 165 staff by July, is headed by Lionel Guerin,
the chairman and CEO of French regional carrier Airlinair.
Transavia in the Netherlands
employs around 1,550 staff and operates a fleet of 31 Boeing 737s, serving more
than 80 destinations. Last year it carried 4.8 million passengers, generating a
€468 million ($623 million) turnover.