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FORMED IN 1966. REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
PO BOX 7777
WESTLYKE RANDWEG 3
NL-1118 SCHIPHOL, NETHERLANDS
The Kingdom of the Netherlands was established in 1581, it covers an area of 41,473 sq km, its population is 15.5 million, its capital city is Amsterdam, and its official language is Dutch.
AUGUST 1995: TO ALICANTE, FARO, FUNCHAL, HERAKLION, LAS PALMAS, LONDON GATWICK (LGW), MALAGA, MALTA, TENERIFE, AND PALMA DE MALLORCA. CHARTERS TO 60 EUROPEAN POINTS.
(KLM) OWNS 80%. NATIONALE INVESTERINGSBANK OWNS 20%.
$180 MILLION, 8/12 ORDERS (1998) 737-8K2'S, 182 PAX.
DECEMBER 1995: 1ST 757 CHARTER TO DOUALA, CAMEROON.
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +16% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +10.8% PASSENGERS (PAX).
APRIL 1996: AURTHUR VAN DER WAL, VP FLEET MANAGEMENT, COR VRIESWIJK, VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
737-300 (PH-TSX) RETURNED FROM AIR ONE (ADH). 2 737-300'S (PP801; PP802) RETURNED FROM LEASE TO TAESA (TES). 1 737-300 (PP804) RETURNED FROM LEASE TO PLUNA (PLU).
MAY 1996: 1 737-300 (PP922) "D" CHECK AT (TAP) PORTUGAL, LEASED TO TAESA (TES).
JUNE 1996: 1 757-200 DELIVERY. 2ND A321-100 (V2530-A5) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1996: TO LEASE 1 737-300 TO AIR ONE (ADH) FOR 9 MONTHS.
OCTOBER 1996: PETER LEGRO, PRESIDENT, REPORTED DRASTIC COST CUTTING MEASURES ARE NEEDED, BECAUSE OF POOR SUMMER SEASON, LOW SEAT PRICES, AND RISING OIL COSTS = PROJECTED -$4 MILLION BY YEAR'S END (1ST LOSS SINCE 1978).
NOVEMBER 1996: CELEBRATED 30TH ANNIVERSARY!
737-300 (PP808) LEASED TO (TAESA) (TES), FOR WINTER MONTHS, WET-LEASED 737-300'S TO UKRAINE INTERNATIONAL (UKR), TO KIEV. 737-300 (PP804) LEASED TO AIR ONE (ADH), (PP801) TO (TES) (6 MONTHS), & 757 (NB454) TO AIR TRANSAT (AIJ) (6 MONTHS).
JANUARY 1997: ENGINEERING IS CHANGING FLEET TO ALL ECONOMY, WITH 737-300, 149Y PAX, & 757, 218Y PAX .
MARCH 1997: 737 (PP804) RETURNED FROM LEASE TO (TAESA) (TES), INTO ANNUAL INSPECTION AND PAINTING.
APRIL 1997: PETER LEGRO PRESIDENT, ALSO RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL AIR CARRIER ASSOCIATION (IACA), BRUSSELS. MS LETTY VAN GERWIN DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
757 (NB454) FROM AIR TRANSAT (AIJ).
MAY 1997: 737'S (PP801 & PP802), RETURNED FROM LEASE TO (TAESA) (TES). 1 737-4YO, LEASED FROM LEISURE INTERNATIONAL (UKL) (24468). 1 B AE 146 WET-LEASED FROM FLIGHT LINE (UK), FOR GATWICK ROUTE.
JULY 1997: 1996 = +$2.40 MILLION (+$10.70 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
WILLEM VAN STEENIS MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE REPORTS TO SENIOR VP OPERATIONS AFFAIRS.
AUGUST 1997: DAAN MEYER, SENIOR VP OPERATIONS AFFAIRS RESIGNS TO JOIN (KLM) AS HEAD OF TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT REPLACING PETER HARTMAN, WHO WAS PROMOTED. COR VRIESWIJK, REPLACES MAYER. MARCEL VERSTEEG, ACTING VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING, EX-BUSINESS UNIT MANAGER, (KLM).
OCTOBER 1997: PAUL VERHEUL TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.
737-300 (PP807) LEASED TO TRANSWEDE (TNS), TIL 4/98.
JANUARY 1998: 1 ORDER 737-3M8 (24023), EX-(TEA) BASEL (TEB), 1 YEAR LEASED, FROM 3/98, WITH OPTION TO EXTEND 6 MONTHS.
MARCH 1998: 1,100 EMPLOYEES.
PIONEERS NEW JOINT AVIATION REQUIREMENTS, AIR OPERATORS CERTIFICATE (AOC) (JAR-OPS 1) INVOLVING AIRCRAFT OPERATING MANUALS, & PROCEDURES, MAINTENANCE, FLIGHT OPERATIONS, & GROUND HANDLING, INCLUDING DEVELOPMENT OF NEW QUALITY SYSTEM, WITH 22 WORKING GROUPS, 750 PAGES OF PROCEDURES, SINCE 1995.
1 737-300 (CFM56-3C1), EX-TRANSWEDE (TNS). 2 737-3K2'S (1683-24326; 712-7), RETURNED FROM (KLM).
APRIL 1998: TO IZMIR (737).
1 757 LEASED TO HAPAG LLOYD (HAP) FOR 1 MONTH. 1 737-300, EX-TEA BASEL (TEB) FOR 1 YEAR.
MAY 1998: WILLIAM VAN STEENIS DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE. WIM KOENROMP MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE.
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = +$16.55 MILLION (+$2.3 MILLION) (NET PROFIT). -6% TO 1,076 EMPLOYEES. 1ST 4 MONTHS = 1.5 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+41%), 620,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+14%).
757 (NB452) RETURNED FROM HAPAG LLOYD (HAP). 737-300 (PP805) LEASED TO (KLM). LEASES A310 FROM TRANSLUX, TO COVER FOR LATE DELIVERY OF 737-8K2.
JUNE 1998: 737-3L9 (24569), DEUTSCH BA (DBA) WET-LEASED FOR 3 MONTHS. 2 737-8K2'S DELIVERIES.
AUGUST 1998: 3RD 737-8K2 DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1998: TO BASE 2 737-300'S AT ROTTERDAM, IN 1999 SUMMER SEASON. ROTTERDAM IS 2ND LARGEST CITY, AND INITIAL SERVICE TO ALICANTE, AND MALAGA, & LATER LAS PALMAS, & FARO, & CHARTERS. TO KATHMANDU, NEPAL (757).
A310-324 (594) RETURNED TO LESSOR. 737-3L9 (24569) RETURNED TO (DBA).
OCTOBER 1998: 737-3K2 (23412) WET-LEASED TO AIR TOULOUSE (TOL).
NOVEMBER 1998: 737-3K2 (23411) LEASED TO TAESA (TES). 737-3K2 (24328), WET-LEASED TO AIR ONE (ADH).
DECEMBER 1998: IN March 1999, TO SEVILLE, AND RHODES. RHODES - CRETE, BY AGREEMENT WITH (KLM) AND AIR GREECE, FROM AMSTERDAM.
757-2K2 (26330) WET-LEASED TO TAESA (TES).
JANUARY 1999: 737-3K2 (24328, PH-HVT), RETURNED FROM CRONUS (CRM).
FEBRUARY 1999: TO DEVELOP A BASE AT ROTTERDAM, INCLUDING 1 737-800, FOR SCHEDULED SERVICES TO ALICANTE, FARO, LAS PALMAS & MALAGA, + CHARTER SERVICES TO GREECE, MOROCCO, SPAIN, TUNISIA, & TURKEY.
A310-300 (594) RETURNED TO LESSOR, LEASED TO IBERWORLD (IBW).
MARCH 1999: SALE OF 2 737-300'S TO SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (SWA).
1998 = >3M PASSENGERS (PAX). HAS 45% OF DUTCH CHARTER MARKET.
APRIL 1999: 1,200 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 300 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 800 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 229 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
737-300 (24023) RETURNED TO (GEH), LEASED TO CORSAIR (COR). 737-85H (29444) STERLING (STR) DAMP LEASED, TIL 9/99. 1ST 737-8K2 DELIVERY (252-28376, PH-HZD).
MAY 1999: 4/12 ORDERS (2/00) 737-800'S, TO REPLACE 737-300'S. 2ND 737-800 DELIVERY.
JUNE 1999: 737-8K2 (291-28378, PH-HZF) DELIVERY.
JULY 1999: RENS OPBROEK DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, INTERIM, REPLACES ED PATIJN, WHO MOVED TO THE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT.
1ST 6 MONTHS = 3.04 BILLION RPK (+18%), 1.47 MILLION PAX (+17%).
SEPTEMBER 1999: 2 737-800'S TO BE LEASED TO FUTURA INTERNATIONAL (FUA). 737-3K2 (1683-24326, PH-HVM) OPERATES FOR (KLM). 737-85H (178-29444, OY-SEH), RETURNED TO STERLING (STR).
OCTOBER 1999: 737-3YO (24905) RETURNED TO (GEH).
NOVEMBER 1999: 4 737-3K2'S (23411, 2 SOLD TO PEGASUS (PSS), & 24316, 24317, SOLD TO SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (SWA). 737-3K2 (24327), FOR (KLM) OPERATIONS.
DECEMBER 1999: WITH (KLM) & BRAATHENS (BRT), CONTRACT WITH BOEING AIRPLANE SERVICES (BAS) FOR 737NG SPARES EXCHANGE PROGRAM (300 (LRU)'S/AIRPLANE), & SHIP REPLACEMENT PARTS WITHIN 1 DAY OF ORDER.
1ST 737-800 "C" CHECK, CONDUCTED AT (KLM).
JANUARY 2000: 737-3YO (24905) RETURNED TO (GECAS) (GEH), LEASED TO TUNINTER (TUN).
FEBRUARY 2000: PIETER VAN DIJK, 737-800 PROJECT MANAGER, MOVES TO AIRPLANE LEASE CONTRACTS DEPT.
IN 3/00, TO PISA (737-800, 2/WEEK).
MARCH 2000: 1999 = 7.25 BILLION RPK (+16%); 3.51 MILLION PAX (+14%).
737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (498-28379, PH-HZG) DELIVERY.
APRIL 2000: 1,800 EMPLOYEES.
JOHN DAVIDSON MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE, REPLACES WIM KORENROMP, WHO RETURNED TO DUTCH AVIATION AUTHORITY (RLD). ROBERT JAN KORENROMP PROJECT MANAGER.
TO NAPLES (737-300, 3/WEEK). 1ST QUARTER = 1.26 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+21%); 482,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+1%).
737-8K2 (28380, PH-HZI) DELIVERY. 1 757-200, ROYAL (ROY) WET-LEASED 3 MONTHS. 1 757-200 (24528), EX-AIR HOLLAND (HOL), TOMBO (TOM) LEASED.
MAY 2000: RICHARD HOL DIRECTOR ENGINEERING.
737-8K2'S (30389, PH-HZJ; 30390, PH-HZK) DELIVERIES. 2 ORDERS (7/00) 737-42C'S (1871-24231, /90 29 13, PH-BPD; 2060-24232, /91 25 11, PH-BPE), (KLM) LEASED, TIL 10/00.
JUNE 2000: 757-200 (25593) RETURNED TO ROYAL (ROY).
JULY 2000: (FY) 1999 = +$18 MILLION (+$19 MILLION): 7.25 BILLION (RPK) (+16%); 3.51 MILLION (PAX) (+14%); 1,502 EMPLOYEES (+16.8%).
4/12 ORDERS 737-800'S. 1 737-8K2 FUSELAGE PAINTED WITH "www.transavia.com."
AUGUST 2000: IN 2000-11, TO AGRA/GOA (757-200, 1/WEEK), VIA SHARJAH, FOR OLYMPIA INTERNATIONAL TOURS.
5 ORDERS (2002-04) 737-700'S (28248; 28345; 28255; 28256; 30659), & 1 ORDER (2002-06) 737-800 (30650), (ILF) LEASED.
SEPTEMBER 2000: DECIDES TO FIT WINGLETS TO 737-800'S. 2 737-8K2'S TO BE LEASED TO AIR BERLIN (BER) IN 2000-11.
OCTOBER 2000: IN 2001-04, TO OPORTO (NONSTOP).
NOVEMBER 2000: 1 737-8K2, WET-LEASED TO ISRAER (ISA) FOR 2 MONTHS (28375, PH-HZC). 737-3K2 (26318) RETURNED (ILF), LEASED TO AIR NEW ZEALAND (ANZ).
DECEMBER 2000: STARTS NEW, LOW-FARE, NO-FRILLS SERVICE, CALLED "BASIQ AIR," WITH FLIGHTS TO BARCELONA, AND NICE.
NEW BOOKING SITE (http://www.basiqair.com).
RECEIVES (JAR) 145, REPAIR STATION CERTIFICATION.
EXERCISES OPTIONS FOR 2 737-800'S. 1 737-8K2 (30390, PH-HZK), WET-LEASED TO SABRE AIRLINES (SBE). 757-23A (24528), RETURNED TO TOMBO (TOM). NEW LIVERY WITH GREEN "www.transavia.nl" ON UPPER WHITE FUSELAGE.
MARCH 2001: 2000 = 8.49 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+17%), 3.76 MILLION PAX (+7%).
TO THESSALONIKI (737-300, DAILY), AND VALENCIA (737-300, 3/WEEK). CODE SHARE WITH NORTHWEST AIRLINES (NWA), USA - AMSTERDAM, AND ON TO PISA, NAPLES, CATANIA IN ITALY, AND TO FARO, PORTO, AND FUNCHAL, PORTUGAL.
APRIL 2001: 1,502 EMPLOYEES.
NEXT MONTH, TO MILAN (LINATE).
AS OF 2001-06, (JAR)-66 LICENSES WILL BE ISSUED TO ALL AVIATION MECHANICS (MT).
1 737-8K2 (28379, PH-HZG), RETURNED FROM AIR BERLIN (BER). 1 737-8K2 (28375, PH-HZC) RETURNED FROM ISRAIR (ISA). 2 737-8K2'S (30391, HZ-HZL; 30392, HZ-HZM), DELIVERIES. 1 737-8BG (32356, PH-HZZ), SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) WET-LEASED.
MAY 2001: TO EXPAND ITS BASIQ AIR, SUBSIDIARY, IN 2001-11, WITH FLIGHTS TO MALAGA.
JUNE 2001: 1ST 737-7K2, TOMBO (TOM) LEASED (30784, PH-XRA). PLANS TO SELL ALL 737-300'S, AND 757-200'S, BY 2002-11.
JULY 2001: BASIQ AIR SERVICE CELEBRATED 250,000TH PASSENGER FROM ITS ULTRA-LOW FARES, FROM AMSTERDAM/ROTTERDAM, TO NICE, MALAGA, AND BARCELONA.
1 737-4YO (24344, PH-BPB), (KLM) LEASED.
OCTOBER 2001: CUTS SCHEDULE BY -17%.
2 737-3K2'S (27635; 28085) RETURNED TO (ILF), AND 1 737-8BG (32356) RETURNED TO SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA).
JANUARY 2002: FLORIS VAN PALLANDT PRESIDENT & (CEO), EFFECTIVE 2002-04, REPLACES PETER LEGRO.
TRANSAVIA (TAV) WILL RECEIVE AN AID PACKAGE (#EUR380,000), FOR LOSSES AS A RESULT OF "9/11," FROM GOVERNMENT.
(TAV) OPERATES TO >70 DESTINATIONS IN EUROPE, AND CARRIES 3.5 MILLION PASSENGERS/YEAR.
2001 = 7.64 BILLION (RPK) (-10%); 3.68 MILLION PAX (-2%).
737-3K2 (24329) RETURNED.
MARCH 2002: 1,800 EMPLOYEES.
FLORIS VAN PALLANDT (CEO) IS ALSO (CEO) OF KLM UK (AUK), AND BUZZ (BZZ). PLANS FOR (KLM) UK (AUK), TO BE MERGED INTO (KLM) CITYHOPPER, WITH BUZZ MERGED INTO TRANSAVIA (TAV) (WITH "BUZZ" AS SURVIVING NAME).
BASIQ AIR SERVICE, AMSTERDAM, & ROTTERDAM, TO BARCELONA, AND NICE.
737-3K2 (24329) RETURNED.
APRIL 2002: 1,617 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: AMSTERDAM - SCHIPHOL (AMS).
HUB: ROTTERDAM (RTM).
May 2002: 737-7K2 (29345, PH-XRC), (ILF) leased.
June 2002: 737-8K2 (30650, PH-HZV), (ILF) leased.
July 2002: In 2002-11, winter seasonal service to Colombo via Sharjah (weekly).
2001 = +$9.86 Million (+$10.63 Million): 7.64 Billion (RPK) (-10%); 3.68 Million PAX (-2%); 1,617 employees (+43.1%).
737-8BG (32355, PH-HVT), South African Airways (SAA) leased.
August 2002: 737-8BG (32355, PH-HVT), returned to South African Airways (SAA).
September 2002: 2 737-8K2's (28377, PH-HZE; 28380, PH-HZI), to be leased to Sun Country Airlines (SCA) in 2002-12, for 5 months.
October 2002: Captain Allard Rutter VP Flight Operations, replaces Rob Mennes.
1 737-8K2 (28379, PH-HZG), wet-leased to Air Berlin (BER), til 2003-03.
November 2002: Will drop most of its scheduled services, apart for a few routes, which will be transferred to buzz (BZZ), and will instead, concentrate on its Inclusive Tour (IT) charter work. (BZZ) will also take over the Basiq Air services.
To Sharjah - Colombo. In 2003-04, will operate for Basiq Air, to Alicante, Faro, Milan, Naples, Palmade Mallorca, Pisa, and Seville.
Tjero Zomer (CEO) & President, replaces Floris Van Pallandt, who will focus on developing buzz (BZZ) as an independent low-cost carrier within the (KLM) Group.
3 737-3K2 (24327; 24328; 24329) returned to (ILF). 3 737-8K2's (28377; 28380; 30650, PH-HZV) wet-leased to Sun Country Airlines (SCA) for the northern winter season.
January 2003: In 2003-04, Amsterdam - Malta (weekly)/Rome (Ciampino) (2/week). In summer, to add services to Alexandropoulis, Kithera, Skiros, Bourgos, Pula, Malta, and Rome, bringing the total served to 77. In 2002, its on-time performance increased to 77.3% (64.2%).
Names Onno van den Brink, ex-(KLM) Senior VP & area manager for Western Europe, as President & (CEO), to succeed interim (CEO) Tjero Zomer. Paul Verheul VP Maintenance & Engineering, will be leaving in 2003-04, to become (CEO) of Schreiner Helicopter Company, Amsterdam.
Subsidiary, Basiq Air currently serves 13 European destinations from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and 2 from Rotterdam Airport.
757-2K2 (26330), returned to (ILF).
February 2003: In summer, Amsterdam - Rimini (737-800/757-200, Saturday charters), on behalf of GoGo Tours.
737-7K2 (33462, PH-XRZ), delivery.
March 2003: Basiq Air, Amsterdam - Pisa (6/week) (2/week by (TAV).
2002 = 7.95 Billion (RPK) passenger traffic (+4.2%); 3.97 Million passengers (PAX) (+8.1%).
737-8K2 (30391, PH-HZL) wet-leased to Air Berlin (BER). 3 757-2K2's (26630; 26633; 26634), sold to (GECAS) (GEF), and 26630 leased back to (TAV) and 26633; 26634; leased to New Zealand Government (RNZ). 1 + 1 order (2003-05) 757-330 (29013, D-ABOF; 30030, D-ABOH), Condor (CDF) wet-leased.
April 2003: 1,687 employees.
1 737-8BG (32357, PH-HZS), South African Airways (SAA) leased.
May 2003: 737-7K2 (29347, PH-XRC), (ILF) leased. 1 757-300 (30030, D-ABOH), Condor (CDF) wet-leased.
June 2003: Fiscal Year (FY) 2002 = +EUR 11 Million/+$13.1 Million (-1.8%) (+ EUR 11.2 Million) (25th year of profitability): 8.32 Billion (RPK) (+11.5%); +7.7% (ASK); 76.8% LF (+2.6); 4 Million PAX (+9.7%); 1,714 EMPLOYEES (+1.6%).
(KLM) purchases the 20% stake in Transavia (TAV) owned by (NIB) Capital.
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
75 (SPP) 8.98; 76 (SHY) 8.75; 77 (ARL) 8.69; 78 (PRH) 8.67; 79 (XIN) 8.61; 80 (TAV) 8.32; 81 (IRN) 8.01; 82 (HNA) 7.93; 83 (IND) 7.55; 84 (OLY) 7.55; 85 (ACH) 7.50; 86 (SBR) 7.48; 87 (MTH) 7.09; 88 (KUW) 6.71; 89 (VIE) 6.60; 90 (SPR) 6.57; 91 (BMA) 6.56; 92 (LNK) 6.41; 93 (RAM) 6.38; 94 (BTA) 6.36; 95 (QTA) 6.20; 96 (COI) 5.96; 97 (EGF) 5.94; 98 (LOT) 5.87; 99 (FRO) 5.49; 100 (WJI) 5.49.
July 2003: 1,800 employees. SITA: SPLDDHV.
August 2003: 1 order (2004-04) 737-700, (ILF) 30 month leased.
September 2003: Next month, Amsterdam - Sharm el Sheik, Luxor, Agadir/Marrakech, Las Palmas, & Chambery/Innsbruck, Salzburg (weekly).
737-8BG (32357, PH-HZS) returned to South African Airways (SAA).
December 2003: Joins European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA), including Air Berlin (BER), Basiq Air (TAV), FlyBe (BEE), Flying Finn (FFW), Hapag Lloyd Express (HAP), Ryanair (RYR), Sky Europe (SKP), Sterling (STR), Sverigefly, and VolareWeb (VLR).
In 2004-02, Basiq Air, Rotterdam - Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Oslo, Stockholm. In 2004-03, Amsterdam - Treviso (5/week), Rotterdam - Gerona, London (STN) (2/day), Amsterdam - Verona (4/week).
2 737-8K2's (28379; 30389), wet-leased to Sun Country Airlines (SCA).
March 2004: Offers bus service between Amsterdam Central Rail Station and Rotterdam Airport.
April 2004: 737-7K2 (30668, PH-XRE), (ILF) leased. 737-8K2 (32943, PH-HZN) delivery. 737-8K2 (30390, PH-HZK) wet-leased to Air One (ADH). 2 737-8K2's (28379; 30650) returned from Sun Country Airlines (SCA). 737-8K2 (30392), returned from Air Berlin (BER).
May 2004: FY 2003 = +EUR 14.3 Million/+$17.96 Million (+30%) (+EUR 11 Million/+$11.53 Million): 8.32 Billion (RPK) (-6.2%); -8.4% (ASK); 84% LF (+2); 4.21 Million PAX (+4.9%).
July 2004: 737-8K2 (30357, PH-BXG), (KLM) wet-leased.
August 2004: A320-200 sold to Mido Ltd Aviation Group and leased back.
September 2004: By 2005-01, will shelve its Basiq Air brand that it has used to market and sell low-fare flights operated by the leisure carrier.
Selects Boeing & Air France Industries (AFA) for a joint component services support program for its 737-700's.
October 2004: In 2004-12, Amsterdam - Pau (3/week).
December 2004: 3 737-8K2's (28374; 28380; 30650), leased to Sun Country (SCA).
January 2005: Basiq Air ceased operations.
March 2005: 737-8K2 (30392) to (KLM).
May 2005: 737-8BK (33016, N807SY), to Sun Country Airlines (SCA) and 737-8K2 (28248, PH-HZX) returned from (SCA).
June 2005: Transavia Airlines (TAV) is a low-cost Dutch operator providing scheduled and charter services to leisure destinations. The scheduled network covers 19 destinations based on Amsterdam and Rotterdam, while charter services are flown to more than 60 destinations.
(IATA) Code: HV - 979. (ICAO) Code: TRA (Callsign - TRANSAVIA).
Parent organization/shareholders: (KLM) (100%).
Main Base: Amsterdam Schiphol airport (AMS).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; & Rotterdam.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Agadir; Alicante; Antalya; Barcelona; Berlin; Chambery; Copenhagen; Dublin; Faro; Florence; Fuerteventura; Funchal; Gerona; Hurghada; Innsbruck; Lanzarote; Las Palmas; London; Luxor; Madrid; Malaga; Marrakech; Milan; Naples; Nice; Oslo; Palma de Mallorca; Pau; Salzburg; Santa Cruz de la Palma; Sharm el Sheikh; Stockholm; Tenerife; Venice; & Verona.
September 2005: Air France-(KLM) Group said it expects its operating profit for the current fiscal year ending March 31 to exceed the €534 million/$667 million reported under IFRS for its 2005 fiscal year as it reported that operating profit for the fiscal first quarter ended June 30 climbed +27.3% to €223 million from €175 million last year. Net after-tax profit fell 79% to €112 million but actually rose 26.4% to €110 million on a pro forma basis excluding the writeback of (KLM) negative goodwill following the merger. "Air France-(KLM) recorded a strong first quarter with a sharp rise in its passenger traffic and an improvement in unit revenues, including those of cargo," the group said.
Total turnover rose 5.5% to €5.19 billion. Revenue from the passenger business climbed 6.6% to €3.86 billion on a +6.5% RPK increase in traffic on virtually flat yield growth. With ASKs up +4.9%, however, load factor grew +1.2 points, driving unit revenue up 1.6%.
On the cargo side, revenue rose 7% to €610 million. Although a 6.1% jump in capacity eclipsed a +1.4% gain in traffic, "unit revenues rose sharply, allowing the cargo business to make a positive contribution to the group's current operating profit."
Maintenance activity generated third-party turnover of €213 million, up +6%, and operating profit more than doubled to €14 million from €6 million. Transavia (TAV) had revenues of €132 million and an operating profit of €18 million.
Total operating expenses climbed 4.7% to €4.96 billion driven by a 32.2% rise in fuel expense partly offset by an 18.4% decline in commercial and distribution charges following implementation of a zero commission system on April 1 in France (Jan. 1 in the Netherlands). Cost per ASK rose +0.7% but fell -2.7% on a constant exchange rate and fuel price basis. Operating margin improved +0.7 point to 4.3%.
Air France-(KLM) said that given the "robustness" of passenger and cargo activity and unit revenues, results for the second quarter should see a "marked improvement." It expects its fuel hedging contracts will absorb a noteworthy part of the impact of the current rise in oil prices. Results for the September period also will benefit from the Amadeus sale that was completed in July and generated €818 million in cash and a pre-tax capital gain of €569 million.
Air France-(KLM) also said two board positions remain vacant after the death of Willem Duisenberg in August and the resignation of Christian Paris.
October 2005: 737-8K2 (30390, PH-HZK), wet-leased to (KLM).
November 2005: Transavia Airlines (TAV) will unveil its new livery on Wednesday December 7th.
2 737-8K2's (28375; 29345), leased to Spicejet (ROJ).
December 2005: Transavia (TAV) announced 4 new destinations starting in Mar/Apr as follows:
Amsterdam - Pau = 4x a week from Apr 13th;
Amsterdam - Prestwick = 6x a week from Mar 26th;
Amsterdam - Valencia = 5x a week from Mar 27th;
Rotterdam - Toulon = 5x a week from Mar 26th;
All flights are operated with 737s.
Boeing has now confirmed Transavia (TAV) has placed an order for 1 737-700.
February 2006: Transavia Airlines (TAV) has announced it will add a new route between Amsterdam and Olbia later this year. Transavia (TAV) will increase the frequency of flights from Rotterdam to Rome Fiumicino from 7 to 9 flights a week on March 28th. From that date, the airline will operate 2 flights a day on Tuesdays & Saturdays and 1 flight a day on other days of the week, all with 737s.
5 737-8K2's (28373; 28374; 28379; 30389; 30650), returned from Sun Country Airlines (SCA).
May 2006: Transavia.com (TAV), celebrating its 40th birthday this year, achieved its 28th consecutive annual profit with a net result of +€11.1 million/+$14.1 million for the financial year ended March 31. This compares to a net profit of +€13.6 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2005, the -18.4% decline, owing to a switch to (EU)-(IFRS) accounting standards. Revenues rose +15% to €597.1 million and operating costs increased +16% to €573.5 million. Cost per seat grew +6%, driven largely by fuel. Operating profit at the low-cost and charter subsidiary of Air France (AFA)-(KLM) was +€18.1 million. It carried 4.8 million passengers in the financial year, a +7% increase. (FY) 2006 was its first full year of operating again under one brand following the merger of Transavia Airlines (TAV) and Basiq Air on January 1, 2005.
Transavia.com (TAV) took the opportunity to criticize the fees at its Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS) base, saying the airport "appears to pay little heed to criticism from the market in this regard. Because of the monopolistic situation in which the airport operates, we, like many others, feel that the regulators in particular should use their influence to bring about a long-term pricing policy, which is acceptable to all parties." The airline and (AMS) have been at odds since the opening of the new low-cost Pier H on November 1. CEO, Onno van den Brink described Pier H as "unfit" for the carrier's fleet and bemoaned the -20% discount designed to bring competitors such as easyJet (EZY), Thomsonfly.com (TFY), bmibaby (BMI), Jet2.com (JT2), SkyEurope Airlines (SKP), and Wizz Air (WZZ) to the new facility. "We're steaming," he told de Volkskrant noting that his request for a comparable discount has fallen on "deaf ears" despite Transavia.com (TAV)'s status as the second-largest operator at (AMS). The newspaper said the carrier is considering a legal challenge against Schiphol Group.
Transavia Airlines (TAV) is a low-cost Dutch operator, providing scheduled and charter, jet airplane services to leisure destinations. The scheduled network covers 19 destinations based on Amsterdam and Rotterdam, while charter services are flown to more than 60 destinations.
(IATA) Code: HV - 979. (ICAO) Code: TRA (Callsign - TRANSAVIA).
Parent organization/shareholders: (KLM) (100%).
Main Base: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS).
Hub: Rotterdam (RTM).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; & Rotterdam.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Agadir; Alicante; Antalya; Barcelona; Berlin; Chambery; Copenhagen; Dublin; Faro; Fuerteventura; Genoa; Gerona; Innsbruck; Lanzarote; Las Palmas; London; Madrid; Malaga; Marrakech; Milan; Naples; Nice; Pisa; Rome; Salzburg; Santa Cruz de la Palma; Tenerife; Venice; & Verona.
737-86N (32693, PH-TVR), SpiceJet (ROJ) leased.
June 2006: Transavia (TAV) picked Eindhoven as its 3rd base, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and will base a 737-800 there from November 1st. The airline will operate 5 weekly flights to Alicante and Malaga as well as 2 weekly flights to Faro.
November 2006: Transavia (TAV) will discontinue service from Amsterdam to Genoa on December 3rd, owing to disapointing traffic. The airline currently operates 4 flights a week using a 737.
Air France (AFA)/(KLM) Group expects to decide this month, whether it will launch a new carrier focusing on the medium-haul leisure market.
The startup would be modeled on its Amsterdam-based transavia.com (TAV) subsidiary, which offers a mixture of charter and scheduled low-fare flights, and would be based at Paris Orly (ORY) South. It would operate a fleet of 186-seat 737-800s to a selection of popular tourist destinations such as Morocco, Tunisia and Spain.
"This initiative will meet with the demand for scheduled flights to leisure destinations not presently served by Air France (AFA)," the carrier said in a statement, noting that the initiative "would fit in very well with the growth strategy of transavia.com (TAV), which has for some time been planning to operate from additional bases outside the Netherlands." In addition to Air France (AFA) Soleil flights, as the project has been dubbed, transavia.com (TAV) would commence charter operations from (ORY). Transavia.com (TAV) denied press speculation that part of its fleet would be transferred to the new company.
The new airline would be a jointly owned subsidiary of Air France (AFA) (60%) and transavia.com (TAV) (40%). It would be registered in France and personnel would have a working contract under French labor law. Flights would be sold via tour operators and directly on a seat-only basis to customers in France and the destinations served. Direct sales would be undertaken via the transavia.com (TAV) website and its call center. Commencement of operations is planned for spring 2007.
The creation of a hybrid low-fare/charter airline by (AFA) is rather surprising considering management's longstanding resistance to the idea of an in-house Low Cost Carrier (LCC) to compete with Ryanair (RYR) and easyJet (EZY). (AFA) quit the charter segment in 1997, when it closed Air Charter (ACI).
Transavia, (TAV) launched in 1965 and which and has reported a profit for 28 consecutive years, has experimented with several models. In 2005, it merged its basiqair.com brand for low-fare flights and Transavia (TAV) for charter flights, into transavia.com (TAV). It is a wholly owned subsidiary of (KLM) and operates 31 737NGs. In 2005 - 2006 it posted a net operating result of +€32 million/+$41 million on revenues of €468 million.
Later, Transavia.com (TAV)'s French equivalent will commence operations next summer with four leased 737-800s, following approval by the boards of Air France (AFA) and Transavia.com (TAV). Initial startup capital will be €22 million/$28.8 million, split 60/40 between Air France (AFA) and the Dutch Transavia.com (TAV). Lionel Guerin, currently Chairman and CEO of French regional airline, Airlinair, has been appointed Chairman of the management board. Management expects to achieve revenues of €250 - €300 million in the third year of operations and post a profit from the second year. Next summer, some 10 Mediterranean destinations (mainly Morocco, Tunisia, Spain, Italy and Egypt) will be served by 67 weekly flights out of Paris Orly. From winter 2007 - 2008, the number of destinations may increase to 15, while the fleet should grow to seven 186-seat 737-800s in the second year, and nine in the third.
The commercial brand will be Transavia.com "in order to take advantage of the existing brand, which already has a reputation for being a reliable, punctual and safe airline," according to a statement by the two shareholders, who added that "production costs and productivity must be consistent with the applicable fares and will benefit from the very substantial synergies achieved with Transavia.com (TAV) in the Netherlands." Management of the new carrier, which will be based at Orly, will be separate from (AFA). The airline should create some +400 new jobs by 2009, comprising 80 ground staff (MT) positions, 100 flightdeck crew (FC), and approximately 220 cabin crew (CA).
Transavia (TAV) asked customers to submit their nicest vacation pictures. From the nearly 10,000 it received, the airline picked 40 as it celebrates its 40th anniversary - see photo. Transavia (TAV) posted the 40 winning pictures on this 737-8K2 (32943, PH-HZN) - see photo departing on its first commercial flight in the special livery.
4 737-8K2's (28248, PH-HZX; 28375, PH-HZC; 28379, PH-HZG; 30646, PH-HZY), wet-leased to Sun Country Airlines (SCA).
April 2007: Starts Eindhoven - Heraklion, using 737-700s.
Transavia.com (TAV) took delivery of its 18th 737-800. It also operates 10 737-700s.
737-8K2 (34169, PH-HZO), delivery.
May 2007: TransAvia France (TVF) starts Paris Orly (ORY) - Porto, using 737-700s. Starting June 1st, (ORY) - Djerba, - Gerona, using 737-800s. Starting June 30th, (ORY) - Agadir, - Palermo, using 737-800s. Starting July 2nd, (ORY) - Heraklion, using 737-800s. Starting July 10th, (ORY) - Oujda, using 737-800s. Starting July 11th, (ORY) - Monastir, using 737-800s. Starting July 15th, (ORY) - Catania, using 737-800s.
737-8GJ (34901), Spicejet (ROJ) leased.
June 2007: Transavia.com (TAV) nearly doubled its full-year net earnings and enjoyed a 29th successive year in the black, despite "a strongly competitive market with prices under continual pressure," the Dutch Low Cost Carrier (LCC) said. It reported a +€20.1 million profit for the fiscal year ended March 31, compared to a +€11.1 million profit the year before. The Amsterdam-based airline, whose French spinoff commenced operations from Paris Orly last month, enjoyed a +14.6% increase in turnover to €684.2 million, while operating expenses rose +13.3% to €649.8 million. Operating income soared +45.9% to +€34.3 million. With a fleet of 27 to 31 737-700s/-800s depending on the season, transavia.com (TAV) carried 5.1 million passengers during the year, an increase of +7.8%. Capacity grew +8% to 12.38 billion (ASK)s and load factor was up +1 point to 84% LF. This summer, it will operate scheduled flights to 28 destinations and charter services to 77 destinations with 32 airplanes.
The airline said it is "faced with the challenge of using its growth potential by investing in new products and markets," as opportunities for profitable growth in the Netherlands are limited. President & CEO, Onno van den Brink told reporters that transavia.com (TAV) is looking into possibilities to expand abroad and said the launch of its French offshoot is only the "beginning." Possibilities include opening up bases in other countries, as well as acquisition of an existing carrier.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) will need a sixth runway to accommodate its anticipated growth, Schiphol Group indicated in its long-term outlook. (AMS) expects passenger throughput to grow +84.4% to 85 million by 2025, with freight more than doubling to 3.5 million tonnes. Runway capacity will need to increase from last year's 423,122 flights to 600,000 to 650,000 by 2025, with a new passenger area constructed by 2015, the airport said. The plan also calls for more selective use of nighttime capacity, and a slot policy prioritizing "scarce capacity in favor of hub carriers, [intercontinental] carriers and those point-to-point carriers that contribute to the European network, and to safeguard the intercontinental network." The report further suggests "providing relief" for (AMS) by taking outbound transfer traffic not tied to the main port, and relocating as much as possible to other Dutch airports. It said regional airports like Eindhoven and Lelystad, may be suitable options. Schiphol Group has a 51% share of Eindhoven and fully owns Lelystad.
Air France (AFA)/(KLM) is seeking full control of Amsterdam-based Martinair (MTH) and has begun lobbying the European Commission (EC) to obtain clearance for a 100% holding, according to widespread reports from the Netherlands. Martinair (MTH) is owned jointly by (KLM) and Danish shipping group Moeller-Maersk. (KLM) initially launched a bid in 1998 but was rebuffed by the (EC), which also imposed a fine equal to €40,000/$53,474 on the Dutch flag carrier for supplying incorrect and misleading information regarding transavia.com (TAV), the Low Cost Carrier (LCC) that operates as an independent subsidiary of (AFA)/(KLM). The company's new plan involves integrating Martinair (MTH)'s cargo activities into its own operation, while incorporating (MTH)'s European charter business into transavia (TAV), De Telegraaf reported. (MTH) would focus on long-haul charters. It posted a -€7 million loss in 2006, reversed from a profit of +€14 million in 2005, as both its cargo and passenger activities were impacted by high fuel prices.
November 2007: Transavia.com (TAV) finalized an order for seven 737-800s valued at $523 million plus three options. The order, which is for 737-800s allows for the substitution of other NG models. The Air France (AFA)/(KLM) subsidiary said the new 737s will be equipped with blended winglets and replace older airplanes in its fleet. (CFMI) valued the engine order at $95 million. The airplanes are scheduled for delivery between 2009 and 2012. If the options are exercised, the additional airplanes will begin delivering in 2014.
Transavia.com (TAV) operates a fleet of 29 (CFM56-7B)-powered 737NGs. It said it will operate the new airplanes out of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Eindhoven.
737-8K2 (34169) leased to Aloha Airlines (ALO). 2 737-8K2s (28375, PH-HZC; 28379, PH-HZG), wet-leased to Sun Country (SCA).
December 2007: 737-8K2 (30646), wet-leased to Caribbean (TTA), as (9Y-TJQ).
February 2008: The Dutch government is facing parallel lawsuits challenging its plan to levy a new environmental ticket tax on all passengers departing from domestic airports. The tax, which comes into effect July 1, amounts to €11.25/$16.59 per passenger for European Union (EU) destinations (with some exceptions) inside 2,500 km and €45 for other flights. Amsterdam's Schiphol Group, together with Dutch travel bureau association (ANVR), launched legal action to prevent the tax, while The Board of Airline Representatives in the Netherlands (BARIN) filed a separate, though similar injunction request. The hearing is scheduled for March 5 at the Court of Justice in The Hague.
All three parties argue the tax violates Article 15 of the Chicago Convention, which states that "No fees, dues or other charges shall be imposed by any contracting state in respect, solely of the right of transit over, or entry into or exit from the territory of any airplane of a contracting state or persons or property thereon." In addition, they claim the Dutch government is wrong to claim the tax is "environmental" because it serves no particular environmental purpose. Moreover, (BARIN) notes, "within a short period of time, an (EU)-wide environmental measure for air traffic is expected: The Emission Trade System in 2012. (KLM) and Schiphol Airport have suggested to introduce a similar system in the Netherlands on a voluntary basis . . . but this has been rejected by the government for unclear reasons." The trio claims the economic disadvantages of the ticket tax likely will be enormous. The Netherlands is a small country and the tax will drive passengers to fly from nearby airports in Belgium and Germany. Independent research acknowledged by the government, forecasts a drop in passengers in 2011 of -8% to -10% at Schiphol and -11% to -13% at other Dutch airports.
March 2008: Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management (BBB) announced the delivery of a new 737-800 to Transavia France (TVF). It is the third of five new 737-800s the lessor will lease to the Air France (AFA)/(KLM) subsidiary. The final two are scheduled for delivery in April and May.
737-8K2 (30646), returned from Caribbean (TTA). 737-8HX (29651, F-GZHC), ex-Delta Airlines (DAL), (BBAM) (BBB) leased for Transavia France (TVF) operations.
April 2008: 2 737-8BKs (33016, PH-HSV; 33021, PH-HSU), Sun Country (SCA) leased. 737-8K2s returned from Aloha (ALO): (34169, PH-HZO); from Sun Country (SCA) (28375, PH-HZC; 28379, PH-HZG; 28380, PH-HZI; 30650, PH-HZV); and Sunwing (SWG) (30391, PH-HZL). 737-8K2 (29650, F-GZHD), for TransAvia France (TVF) operations.
May 2008: 737-8K2 (29678, F-GZHE), for TransAvia France (TVF) operations.
July 2008: Transavia (TAV) will operate seasonal flights from Innsbruck to Hamburg (five-times-weekly), Berlin Tegel (four-times-weekly), and Brussels (BRU) (thrice-weekly), as well as twice-weekly, (BRU) - Salzburg, and Rotterdam - Friederichshafen, November 3 - March 31.
August 2008: Transavia.com (TAV)'s flight schedule will operate normally after a judge prohibited the carrier's pilots (FC) from striking and ordered management and Dutch pilots union (VNV) to continue negotiations to solve their pay dispute. (VNV) had called for industrial action between 2 am and 5 pm, which would have led to the cancellation of some 70 flights affecting more than >20,000 passengers.
(TAV) will abandon its twice-daily, Rotterdam - Paris Orly service on September 27.
September 2008: Transavia.com (TAV) will launch twice-daily, Rotterdam - London Luton 737 flights from October 27.
Transavia (TAV) agreed to a full-content distribution deal with Amadeus. That will guarantee Amadeus-equipped travel agents full access to all of the carrier’s fares and seat inventory. Transavia (TAV) says it wants to grow sales in markets outside of its
home bases in France and the Netherlands. It previously sold only through direct channels. Amadeus, for its part, says 55 low-cost carriers (LCC)s now distribute through its system, representing (by its definition of the term) 48% of all (LCC)s worldwide.
December 2008: 737-7K2 (30784, PH-XRA), has a new "logojet" livery, promoting "T-Mobile" - - SEE PHOTO - - "TAV-737-7K2-DEC08."
March 2009: 737-8K2 (30391, PH-HZL), returned from SunWing (SWG).
April 2009: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) must lower tariffs that took effect April 1 by -€3.5 million/-$4.5 million, Dutch competition authority NMa ruled. The Schiphol Group incorrectly passed several non-aviation costs - - including the costs of building a sound barrier around one runway, of training baggage handling employees and of an accountancy control - - to airlines when setting landing and handling fees, NMa said. Under rules introduced in 2006, airport fees must reflect the actual cost of operations, be nondiscriminatory and reasonable. The ruling follows a complaint from (KLM) and the Board of Airline Representatives in the Netherlands, in addition to one from easyJet that has yet to be investigated, NMa said.
3 737-8K2s (28373; 28375; 28377), returned from SunWing (SWG). 737-8K2 (28380, PH-HZI), returned from Sun Country (SCA). 737-8K2 (37160, PH-HSW), (ILF) leased.
June 2009: 737-8K2 (34171, PH-HSA), delivery. 737-8K2 (29677, PH-ZOM) leased from TransAvia France (TVF). 737-8K2 (32943, PH-HZN), returned from Caribbean Airways (TTA).
August 2009: Lufthansa Systems (LHS) will provide transavia.com (TAV) with Flight Management System (FMS) data from its Lido navigation database. (TAV) already uses the Lido OC flight planning solution and Lido RouteManual navigation charts.
September 2009: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol said it will not raise its airport charges on April 1, 2010, "in view of the current economic situation." It set its charges as of April 1, 2009, in late 2008 and said those were reduced by an average -10% from the prior year.
February 2010: 737-8K2 (37160, PH-HSW) leased to Caribbean (TTA) as (9Y-TJR).
April 2010: 737-8K2 (34172, PH-HSB), delivery.
May 2010: 737-8K2 (34173, PH-HSC), delivery.
June 2010: 737-8EH (35831, PH-GGW), GOL (GOT) leased.
August 2010: 1,911 employees.
January 2011: Transavia (TAV) unveiled its summer schedule, which adds some new, mostly Mediterranean destinations. Flights will operate from four bases: Paris Orly (service to 17 destinations), Nantes (9), Lyon (3) and Marseilles (2). (TAV)’s older and more established Dutch operation serves sunshine destinations from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Eindhoven.
737-8K5 (28248, PH-HZX), wet-leased to EnerJet (ENJ).
December 2011: Transavia Airlines (TAV) is a low-cost carrier (CCC) providing scheduled and charter, jet airplane services to leisure destinations. The scheduled network covers 26 destinations from hubs at Amsterdam, Eindhoven, and Rotterdam, while charter services are flown to more than >60 destinations.
(IATA) Code: HV - 979. (ICAO) Code: TRA - (Callsign - TRANSAVIA).
Parent organization/shareholders: (KLM) (100%).
Airline subsidiaries/shareholders: Transavia France (TVF) (40%).
Main Base: Amsterdam Schiphol airport (AMS).
Hubs: Eindhoven airport (EIN) and Rotterdam airport (RTM).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Amsterdam; Eindhoven; & Rotterdam.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Agadir; Alicante; Antalya; Barcelona; Berlin; Chambery; Copenhagen; Dublin; Faro; Fuerteventura; Genoa; Gerona; Innsbruck; Lanzarote; Las Palmas; London; Madrid; Malaga; Marrakech; Milan; Naples; Nice; Pisa; Rome; Salzburg; Santa Cruz de la Palma; Tenerife; Venice; & Verona.
January 2012: Transavia Airlines (TAV) is adding more services from its regional bases in the Netherlands:
Amsterdam - Seville: 3x weekly 737-700 service starting on April 2;
Eindhoven - Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen: 4x weekly 737-700/-800 service starting on February 17;
Eindhoven - Lisbon: 4x weekly 737-700 service starting on February 21;
Eindhoven - Valencia: 3x weekly 737-700 service starting on February 20;
Eindhoven - Venice Treviso: 3x weekly 737-700 service starting on February 18;
Rotterdam - Split: 2x weekly seasonal 737-700 service between June 2 and August 25.
(TAV) has leased a 737-800 to Moskovia Airlines (GAI) for the winter charter season.
February 2012: Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands saw passenger numbers grow by +23% last year to 2.64 million. The airport is dominated by Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s with both Ryanair (RYR) and Wizz Air (WZZ) having a major presence at the airport as well as
April 2012: Transavia.com (TAV) connected Paris Orly (ORY) with the Croatian coastal city Dubrovnik (DBV). The route, which operates seasonally until 28 August, is offered with single weekly frequency and operated with 737-800s. (TAV) launched two leisure routes to the eastern Mediterranean out of Paris Orly (ORY). On 11 April, (TAV)e connected (ORY) with Larnaca (LCA) in Cyprus and on 15 April, flights were launched to Bodrum (BJV) in Turkey. Each of the two routes is operated once weekly with 737-800 airplanes. Indirect competition on the Cypriot route comes from Cyprus Airways (CYP)’s six weekly flights to Paris (CDG). On 26 April, (TAV) launched new services from Eindhoven (EIN) to Berlin Tegel (TXL). The four-weekly flights will see (TAV)’s presence expand considerably this summer, are operated with 737-800s. No other carrier offers non-stop services from Eindhoven to the German capital at present.
June 2012: flydubai (FDB) has leased its 737-8KN (40234, A6-FDD) to Transavia Airlines (TAV) for the summer season, where it currently operates as (PH-FDD). (TAV) also leased two 737-800s from Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes (GOT) this summer.
October 2012: Transavia.com (TAV) expanded its offering from both the Netherlands and Germany this month. On 11 October, the AirFrance (AFA)-(KLM)-owned low-cost carrier (LCC) commenced operations on the route from Amsterdam (AMS) to Dubai (DXB), operating twice-weekly. Competition on the route is fierce, as both Emirates (EAD) and (KLM) already provide daily frequencies, while further four and three weekly flights are operated by Garuda Indonesia (GIA) and Arkefly (HOL), respectively. On the same day, Transavia.com (TAV) launched thrice-weekly flights to Alicante (ALC) as the first of two new routes launched recently from Weeze (NRN) across the border from the Netherlands to Germany. This was followed a day later by adding services to Málaga (AGP), which are now offered with four weekly frequencies. Competition on both routes comes from Ryanair (RYR), which recently celebrated five years of its base in Weeze, and already serves both Spanish cities with daily and five weekly frequencies respectively. Speaking of the increased offering in Weeze, Bram Gräber, (TAV)’s (CEO) said: “There’s enough margin in the market to add Weeze, so that we can fly from this airport to our perennial sun destinations. This way, we’ll be strengthening our position in both the Dutch and German markets.” All three newly launched routes are operated using (TAV)’s fleet of 189Y seat 737-800s.
March 2013: Transavia.com (TAV) launched Naples (NAP) as the third Italian destination it offers from Eindhoven (EIN). Beginning on 6 February, the airline offers four weekly departures to the southern Italian destination in addition to the thrice-weekly flights to the northern town of Bologna, which commenced on 24 February (also four-weekly services each to Copenhagen and Madrid were launched by (TAV) on the same day), and the three weekly seasonal flights to Venice Treviso, which resume on 25 April.
April 2013: Transavia (TAV) began 4X-weekly, Rotterdam - Budapest 737-700 service. (TAV) has commenced weekly connections from Amsterdam (AMS) to Kalamata (KLX), via the island of Kithira (KIT), on 20 April. The route is operated by (TAV)’s 737-800s.
(TAV) expanded its summer season offering from Rotterdam (RTM) with the launch of three new destinations. On 27 April, (TAV) commenced operations on the 1,500 km route to Ibiza (IBZ), which was followed by the launch of flights to another Balearic destination, Palma de Mallorca (PMI), only a day later. Both Spanish destinations are offered with thrice-weekly frequencies. Also on 28 April, (TAV) added twice-weekly flights to Rhodes (RHO) to its Rotterdam network, a route it last served in October 2010. In addition, (TAV) inaugurated flights on the 2,400 km route from Eindhoven (EIN) to Kos (KGS) in the south Sporades, on 25 April. (TAV), which already serves Heraklion with weekly services from the Dutch city, now offers twice-weekly flights to Kos. All new services are operated using 737-800s.
May 2013: transavia.com (TAV) inaugurated services on the route from Amsterdam (AMS) to Catania (CTA) via Lamezia-Terme (SUF) on May 1st, which it last served in October 2011. (TAV), which already operates the route from Amsterdam to Catania via Palermo in Sicily, now offers weekly schedule via Lamezia-Terme, which it operates using 737-800s.
July 2013: Air France (AFA)-(KLM) leisure subsidiary, Transavia (TAV) is to take on more medium-haul leisure destinations served by Air France (AFA) after a successful test on four routes, says (CEO), Antoine Pussiau. He describes the arrangement under which services to Tunis, Naples, Venice, and Lisbon are shared between the two airlines (and marketed by both) as a "wing-to-wing" partnership. Flightglobal Pro data shows that of the six weekly Transavia France (TVF) flights to Tunisia's capital from Paris Orly, one is operated by AirFrance (AFA) and the other five by (TVF).
"There are some markets which are really fitting our network, which are leisure point-to-point [and] which we could operate without jeopardising the business of Air France (AFA) - which is mainly done in Paris Charles de Gaulle as part of its connections with long-haul," he said.
Pussiau said "we decided to launch these routes for it [Air France (AFA)] to be on the market and obviously to keep this market in Air France (AFA)-(KLM) instead of letting it go to some competitors." He said the four routes were "done as a test and, as the results are quite positive, we hope we will be able to add new 'wing-to-wing' leisure routes." However, he added: "This has to be done in agreement with Air France (AFA) (and especially the unions in AirFrance) so it is not so easy."
In July 2012, Air France (AFA) began offering its pilots (FC) the equivalent of five to six months of salary to transfer to Transavia France (TVF). Those who switched have kept the same salaries they earned at Air France (AFA), but work around +15% more hours.
However, Pussiau denies that with its lower unit costs, Transavia France (TVF) could take over AirFrance (AFA)'s medium-haul operations. "What we will do in that [arrangement] is just what we do today, which is leisure point-to-point. If we see some routes which are fitting in our business model, we can fly, but if it is out of our model, we won't fly," he says.
Pussiau says Transavia France (TVF)'s strategy is to position itself as "a hybrid leisure airline mainly working for tour operators and also selling seats on the internet. We are not targeting business travellers, we are not targeting connections. We are not feeding any hub, so we want to develop our network on our model, which is point-to-point leisure." (TVF), he adds, is low-cost "in the sense that we are using the model of low-cost, outsourcing most of our operations at the airport, using one type of airplane, providing a very simple product". As the (TVF) brand gains a higher profile in France, he hopes to increase the percentage of seats sold directly to consumers through its website, which he says currently stands at 45%, with the other 55% sold through tour operators.
Growth in leisure services from French regional airports is where Pussiau sees most potential for expansion for his airline and where he feels its low unit costs could help the (AFA)-(KLM) group compete for leisure traffic with the likes of EasyJet (EZY), Ryanair (RYR), Volotea (VLT), and Vueling (VUZ). In order to do so, he says, the airline is growing its fleet by "three or four airplanes per year. This year, we are adding three airplanes so we now are at 11. Next year we have already ordered three, so it will be 14 and then we will be around 20 - 22 [airplanes] by 2016". Transavia France (TVF)'s fleet is comprised solely of 737-800s, each equipped with 186Y seats in economy configuration.
Earlier this year, while in his former role as head of Air France (AFA), (AFA)-(KLM) (CEO), Alexandre de Juniac indicated that changes will be made to AirFrance (AFA)'s regional bases in September, after a review of operations is complete. This is likely to include a cut in routes and airplanes at the three bases, situated in Marseille, Nice, and Toulouse.
Mobile Travel Technologies has launched new iPhone and Android mobile applications for Transavia.com (TAV). The apps enable flight search and booking as well as the ability to add baggage, view promotions, flight offers and manage bookings.
transavia.com (TAV) launched two new routes in the course of last week. On July 3, (TAV) commenced flights on the 3,100 km seasonal route from Rotterdam (RTM) to Las Palmas (LPA) in Gran Canaria. On July 8, (TAV) also added flights from Amsterdam (AMS) to Tel Aviv (TLV) in Israel, challenging the incumbent El Al (11 weekly flights), KLM (seven) and Arkia (two). Services on both newly launched routes are offered with weekly frequencies using 737-800s.
August 2013: Mattijs ten Brink has taken over as Managing Director and Chairman of Netherlands-based leisure carrier Transavia Airlines (TAV), part of the AirFrance (AFA)-(KLM) group.
SEE PHOTO - - "TAV-1-MATTIJS TEN BRINK - 2013-08."
A veteran of the group, most recently serving as its Senior VP Cargo Sales & Distribution, ten Brink assumed his new role on August 1st, replacing Bram Gräber, who has become AirFrance (AFA)-(KLM)'s Executive VP Passenger Strategy.
Ten Brink joined KLM Cargo in 1998, and became its VP Global Operations in 2006.
September 2013: Transavia (TAV) begins 2X-weekly, Paris Orly - Chambery 737-800 service on December 19.
737-7K2 (33465, PH-XRW) returned and long term leased by Air Lease Corporation (ALE) to Jet Time (JTM).
October 2013: transavia.com (TAV) launched flights on October 10th from its main base, Amsterdam (AMS) to Turin (TRN), the capital of the Piedmont region in northern Italy. The 820 km sector is flown using various types of 737s from the (TAV)’s fleet and operates four times weekly, without competition.
Netherlands airlines have cut back their services to Egypt in the face of warnings from the Dutch government of possible terrorist action. Charter company ArkeFly (HOL) (part of the Europe-wide TUI tourism group (TUG)) has canceled all services to Egypt until October 31 following advice from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs “strongly discouraging” all travel to the Sinai peninsula, including popular Red Sea resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. Travel to other areas of Egypt is “discouraged.”
Fellow Dutch operator Transavia (TAV) has suspended its 2x-weekly flights to Sharm el Sheikh for at least two weeks following the Dutch government’s advice and its own risk assessment. It is unknown when they would restart. Flights by (TAV) to other Egyptian destinations are continuing to operate.
According to Dutch media reports, the government’s advice came after the Netherlands intelligence service warned there was a risk of terrorists using surface-to-air missiles against civil airplanes over the Sinai. The desert peninsula has in recent times become a hotbed of Islamic militants linked to Al Qaeda, although the Red Sea resorts, which are popular with western tourists, have hitherto been regarded as safe.
November 2013: transavia.com (TAV) launched its second route to Marrakech (RAK) on October 29th. In addition to the six times weekly service from Amsterdam, (TAV) also offers thrice-weekly frequencies from Rotterdam (RTM). Its 737s are deployed to operate the 2,500 km route. (TAV) is the sole operator in the market from Rotterdam to Marrakech, and in fact the only carrier to provide services to Morocco from the Dutch airport.
transavia.com (TAV) commenced operations on the 3,000 km route from Eindhoven (EIN) to Lanzarote (ACE) in the Spanish Canary Islands on November 5th. The weekly (Tuesday) charter service is operated using 737-700s. Ryanair (RYR) also serves the route with scheduled single weekly flights.
April 2014: Transavia.com (TAV) added three European links to its offering during the course of this month, all of which are operated thrice-weekly. On April 17th, (TAV) commenced services on the 1,907 km sector from Amsterdam (AMS) to Thessaloniki (SKG), using its 189Y seat 737-800s. On the same day, (TAV) inaugurated the 1,540 km airport pair between Amsterdam (AMS) and Bari (BRI), while the next day, on April 18th, (TAV) launched operations from Eindhoven (EIN) to Athens (ATH), both routes being served by a mixed fleet of (TAV)’s 149Y-seat 737-700s and 189Y-seat 737-800s.
May 2014: Transavia Airlines ((IATA) Code: HV, based at Amsterdam) (TAV) has leased a 737-800 from South African Low Cost Carrier (LCC), Kulula Air ((IATA) Code: MN, based at Johannesburg O R Tambo) (KUL), for the duration of summer. The 737-800 (28373, ZS-ZWO), was ferried from Johannesburg O R Tambo to Amsterdam via Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta and Luxor on May 5.
Transavia (TAV) will also dry-lease at least four 737-800s this summer, sourced from Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes ((IATA) Code: G3, based at São Paulo Congonhas).
(TAV) currently operates nine 737-700s and twenty-five 737-800s on flights to 89 destinations in 23 countries.
September 2014: The 11th annual World Low Cost Airlines Congress (WLCAC) was held at the Business Design Center in London between September 16th and 17th, where aviation experts gathered to discuss key issues facing the air transport industry. Over 700 delegates attended this year’s congress.
At the congress, Mattijs ten Brink, Managing Director, transavia.com (TAV) discussed the airline’s expansion and how it feels competing with other low-cost carrier (LCC) pioneers. Established as a charter airline serving the Dutch market, (TAV) emerged into a low-fare airline with the introduction of online bookings during the last decade. Nevertheless, the airline’s direct sales have remained a strong distribution point, still accounting for a market share of around 50%. Air France (AFA) - (KLM), the parent company of (TAV), approved recently plans to merge transavia.com (TAV) and its sister, transavia.com France (TVF) in 2015, into a new regional (LCC) (transavia.com Europe (TAV)/(TVF)) that will focus on regaining the market share lost to the likes of Ryanair (RYR), Wizz Air (WZZ) and easyJet (EZY). In fact, (AFA) is going to transfer its whole European leisure market to the new carrier, including Porto (a major base for Ryanair (RYR)). “With a future fleet consisting of over 100 units, we are considering up to 20 bases, where we will be either first, second or third carrier in terms of capacity. That is the investment we are willing to take, and we are not afraid of competition,” commented Brink.
Air France (AFA) has detailed its new "Perform 2020" strategy, the successor to its "Transform 2015" program, targeting a 10% (EBITDAR) margin by 2017.
"Transform 2015," which aimed to slash -€1 billion/-$1.3 billion from (AFA)’s costs, will come to a close at the end of the year, paving the way for Perform 2020. The new program’s targets are for a return on capital employed (ROCE) to 9 - 11% and hit a net debt/EBITDAR ratio of below <2.5 by 2017, through expansion into growth markets and the restructuring of loss-making divisions.
This will be achieved by expanding its passenger hub, centralizing point-to-point operations under a single business unit, substantially growing its Transavia (TAV) leisure unit, trimming down its dedicated freighter operations and expanding its maintenance business. These initiatives will be coupled with more productivity and cost control efforts.
“By 2020, we will have built an air transport group focused on a leading long-haul network at the heart of global alliances, with a portfolio of unique brands, restructured short- and medium-haul operations, with a reinforced presence in the low cost segment in Europe, leadership positions in cargo, maintenance and catering, and a significantly improved risk profile, both operationally and financially,” (AFA) - (KLM)’s Chairman & (CEO), Alexandre de Juniac said.
This will be supported by the reinforcement of strategic partnerships and strict capacity discipline, with just 1% - 1.5% (ASK) growth planned for 2015 - 2017. (AFA) also plans to revamp its products and services, with an announcement expected on September 23.
As expected, its point-to-point network and cost base will be restructured into a single business unit, combining HOP! and (AFA) point-to-point operations, to hit operating breakeven by 2017. The dedicated cargo fleet will also be slimmed from 14 to just five airplanes by the end of 2016 for a return to breakeven by 2017, versus a -€110 million/-$142 million loss in 2013, or a -€200 million loss including belly capacity.
Meanwhile, Transavia (TAV) will open new bases outside France and the Netherlands. “By 2017, (TAV) will rank among the leading low-cost carriers (LCC)s in Europe, operating a fleet of 100 airplanes and carrying more than >20 million passengers. This business should contribute an additional +€100 million of (EBITDAR) in 2017. With profitability being impacted by ongoing ramp-up costs, the group is targeting operating profits by 2018,” said the company. (TAV)’s growth will be financed by the €339 million, raised from the partial sale of (AFA)’s Amadeus shares on September 9.
(AFA)’s maintenance arm is also slated for growth, particularly its engines and components work, with potential acquisitions on the cards. “This business should generate an additional +€50 million to +€80 million of (EBITDAR) in 2017, depending on acquisitions,” the Group said.
There will also be a continued push to shave -1% to -1.5% from its unit costs each year. (AFA) said this will go “beyond traditional efforts” and will include the ongoing restructuring of uncompetitive activities and further staff productivity negotiations.
November 2014: The Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has placed an order for (CTT) Systems’ Zonal Drying Systems to be installed in four Transavia Holland/France (TAV)/(TVF) Boeing 737-800NGs. The systems, which eliminate condensation in the airplanes, are scheduled for delivery during 2015.
December 2014: Air France (AFA) pilots (FC) have voted in favor of a new strategy for leisure arm Transavia France (TVF), which will partly replace the group’s thwarted attempt to create Transavia Europe. “We welcome the positive outcome of this consultation, which puts an end to a period of uncertainty,” (AFA) Chairman & (CEO), Frédéric Gagey said.
Part of (AFA)’s "Perform 2020" plan had been to create a third leisure unit (Transavia Europe) which would operate alongside Transavia France (TVF) and Transavia Netherlands (TAV), but (AFA) - (KLM) ditched the idea after a long and costly strike.
(AFA)’s pilots (FC) have now backed a tentative “draft development agreement” struck in October. Under the deal, over the next five years, Transavia France (tvf) will grow from 16 airplanes this summer, to 21 in summer 2015 and 37 Boeing 737s by 2019.
At the release of (AFA)’s third-quarter results last month, (AFA) - (KLM) (CFO), Pierre-François Riolacci said the shift to 21 airplanes “is a big number,” which will require careful commercial management to make sure it does not damage yields. This winter, Transavia France (TVF) will add +56% capacity.
The solution also allows for “integrated career management” for pilots (FC) at (AFA) and Transavia (TAV)/(TVF), including a joint seniority list and secondments between the carriers. This will help tackle overstaffing at the mainline carrier. (AFA) said >200 (AFA) pilots (FC) have already volunteered to fill 72 positions available at Transavia France (TVF).
(AFA) said 53% of its pilots (FC) approved the agreement. Its pilots’ union (SNPL) also backed the deal, with 60% voting in favor of the proposal. (SNPL)’s council is expected to approve the result during a subsequent meeting.
Transavia France (TVF) and Transavia Netherlands (TAV) added +8.3% overall capacity in the 3rd quarter, driven mainly by (TVF), which grew +21.4%. Traffic rose +6%, and average load factor dipped -1.9 points to 91.8% LF. This produced a +7.6% increase in revenue, taking the total to €427 million/$531 million, resulting in an operating profit of +€62 million, —€4 million lower than the prior year. Unit revenue was down -0.6%, but up +0.5% in France, despite the rapid increase in capacity.
Over the 1st 9 months of 2014, the 2 Transavia units (TVF)/(TAV) added +6.9% capacity, but this was met by +6.5% traffic growth, pushing average loads down -0.4 of a point to 90.3% LF and unit revenue down -0.8%. Revenue was up +5.9% to €861 million, while unit costs fell -0.7%. This produced a -€2 million operating loss for the 9-month period, -€14 million worse than the comparable period, which the group said was caused by the rapid ramp-up of Transavia France (TVF).
February 2015: Transavia (TAV), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Air France (AFA) (KLM) Group, has ordered 17 Next-Generation 737-800s, with 3 options. The order, valued at $1.6 billion at current list prices, was previously booked and attributed to an unidentified customer.
The order will significantly support the growth of (TAV)'s operations from France and the Netherlands. (TAV) currently has a combined all-Boeing fleet of 45 Next-Generation 737s. “We have grown to become one of the leading low-cost carriers (LCC)s in France and the Netherlands by effectively utilizing the unrivalled economics and unmatched reliability of the Next-Generation 737, (TAV) (CEO), Bram Graber said. “This latest order will provide us with a solid platform to grow our business, while offering our passengers outstanding value and comfort.”
(TAV) has six bases, with Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and Paris-Orly Airport as its main hubs, serving 110 destinations in Europe and North Africa. Passenger numbers reached 10 million in 2014.
April 2015: News Item A-1: Air France (AFA) - (KLM) has recorded another heavy deficit for the first quarter, with a restated net loss of -€504 million/-$547 million, compared to a figure of -€485 million a year ago. Revenues were up marginally at €5.7 billion, compared to €5.6 billion last time.
The figures were restated after the Franco-Dutch group reclassified its former CityJet subsidiary (divested in May last year) as a discontinued operation.
Breaking down the results, Air France (AFA) recorded a -2.1% increase in revenues to €3.63 billion and an operating loss of -€233 million, +€46 million better than a year ago.
(KLM)’s first-quarter revenue rose +1.3% to €2.1 billion, while its operating loss was -€183 million, -€9 worse than a year ago. (KLM)’s operating result was affected by a non-cash increase of +€31 million in pension-related expenses.
The group’s operating costs were +1.2% higher year-on-year. Excluding fuel, they increased +3.3%. The group’s fuel bill was €1.48 billion, down -4.7% on the back of a -20.3% reduction in jet fuel price after hedging and of a -15.6% negative currency impact.
The group said it had maintained strict capacity discipline, with just a +0.1% rise in total passenger network capacity compared to the previous year.
On its long-haul network, it reported good performance in the North America, Caribbean and Indian Ocean markets, but weaker performance in Latin America on the back of weak economic environments in several key markets. Capacity-demand balances put pressures on both East Africa and Asia networks.
“As planned, short- and medium-haul, point-to-point capacity (excluding the Paris and Amsterdam hubs) was further reduced by -11.8%, leading to a significant improvement in unit revenue of +9.6% like-for-like, whereas for hub-related short- and medium-haul traffic, unit revenues were down -1.4% like-for-like,” according to a quarterly statement.
(AFA) - (KLM) noted that 1st-quarter capacity at its Transavia (TAV) leisure arm was up +5.1%, reflecting its accelerated development in France (where capacity was up +48%), although this was partly offset by seasonal capacity adjustments in the Netherlands. Traffic rose +7.1%. (TAV)’s load factor remained high at 87.9% LF, up +1.7% despite the increase in capacity.
The group said Transavia (TAV)’s development would accelerate in 2015, with a +30% capacity increase to serve 44 destinations from France. The subsidiary was also launching a new brand identity, new website, and had recently ordered 20 Boeing 737s.
Looking ahead, as well as initiatives under its "Perform 2020" program, negotiations with unions on labor productivity are ongoing.
Air France (AFA) - (KLM) and Air France (AFA) also signed a €1.1 billion revolving credit facility with 13 international banks, finalizing the early refinancing of the Air France (AFA) credit facility that was due to mature in April 2016.
This new credit facility comprises 2 €550 million tranches with respective 3- and 5-year maturities.
News Item A-2: On April 1st 2015, Transavia (TAV) launched a new route from Rotterdam to Berlin Tegel. See attached - "TAV-2015-04 - Rotterdam to Berlin.jpg" with Mattjis ten Brink (CEO), Transavia Airlines. The flight was operated by one of (TAV)’s 737s in the new corporate livery that was adopted by the Air France (AFA) (KLM) subsidiary, earlier in the year.
June 2015: TransAvia (TAV)'s newest logojet features Dutch tour operator Neckermann (a Thomas Cook partner) - SEE PHOTO of 737-8K2 (3635-39259, PH-HSE) arriving in Amsterdam from sunny Corfu (CFU).
August 2015: "Dutch part of Transavia (TAV) dominated by routes to Spain; new services to Germany and Cyprus celebrated in 2015" by www.anna.aero Airline Analysis, August 25, 2015.
Air France (AFA) (KLM)’s in-house low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Transavia, operates under two separate codes. The Dutch-based airline (TAV) has HV as its code, while the Paris-based operation (TVF) has TO as its (IATA) designator. While (TVF), the French part of the business has plans to grow its fleet from 14 to 40 aircraft by 2020, the Dutch part is seeing relatively modest growth. In 2014, the two carriers handled 9.9 million passengers, of which the Dutch part was responsible for 6.8 million, an increase of around +5% on the previous year. In the 1st 7 months of 2015, according to Air France (AFA) (KLM) traffic statistics, Transavia (both parts) has carried 6.1 million passengers (an increase of +9.8%) at a load factor of almost 90% LF.
Scheduled seat capacity for Transavia (HV) grew significantly between 2010 and 2014, though this is somewhat misleading. The airline’s growth was actually much slower during this period but a significant part of its operations were charter flights, which have gradually been phased out, or converted to scheduled services. This transition appears now to be almost complete and scheduled seat capacity in 2015 is actually expected to fall slightly, by around 2%.
As a European leisure airline Transavia (HV) suffers from significant seasonality. As a result, airplanes and crews ((FC) & (CA)) are often leased out to other airlines during the winter season. Comparing 2015 with 2014, most of the capacity cuts for the year appear to have taken place during the 1st quarter of the year.
In the 1st week of September, Transavia (HV) is operating 461 departures from its Dutch airports; 250 from Amsterdam, 108 from Rotterdam, 92 from Eindhoven, 8 from Groningen and 3 from Maastricht Aachen. In total, 54 destinations are served from Amsterdam, 20 from Rotterdam and 18 from Eindhoven. According to the latest Air France (AFA) (KLM) annual report, Transavia (TAV)/(TVF) as a whole has 9 149-seat 737-700s and 37 189-seat 737-800s. Earlier this year, 20 737-800s were ordered to support Transavia’s rapid growth in France (TVF) and development in the Netherlands (TAV).
See chart - "TAV-2015-09 - Top 12 Country Markets."
Unsurprisingly Spain is by far the biggest country market for Transavia (HV) this summer, accounting for 41% of flights, >3 times the size of the next biggest country market, Italy. The number of flights to most country markets is very similar to what was performed last year, though Turkey has seen a significant reduction from 38 scheduled flights per week to just 26. Routes that have been removed from (TAV)’s schedule since last summer include: Amsterdam and Rotterdam to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen; Eindhoven to Berlin Tegel, Madrid, Naples and Venice; and Rotterdam to Prague and Valencia.
Possibly the most significant all-new service launched by Transavia (HV) in 2015 was a 6x-weekly service from Rotterdam to Berlin Tegel. The German capital airport has been served by the airline from Amsterdam and Eindhoven in the past, while back in 2004 and 2005 Transavia (HV) operated to Berlin Schönefeld from Rotterdam.
September 2015: News Item A-1: ransavia (TAV) started its 1st German destination (and route #44) from its Paris Orly (ORY) hub on September 4. The 694 km sector to Munich (MUC) will be operated with a daily frequency by (TAV)’s 737-800 fleet. While there is no direct competition on the airport pair, Air France (AFA), Germania (GER) and Lufthansa (DLH) offer a combined 80x-weekly services between Paris (CDG) and the German hub.
News Item A-2: Air France (AFA) - (KLM), which plans to expand its Transavia (TAV) low-cost carrier (LCC) arm beyond its French and Dutch bases, is reportedly considering opening a base in Munich by summer 2016. According to several media reports, it could base up to 5 Boeing 737s in Munich.
A Munich Airport spokesperson said Transavia (TAV) is evaluating a Munich base, but nothing has been decided. (TAV) recently launched daily flights from Munich to Paris Orly.
Transavia (TAV) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the (AFA) - (KLM) Group.
Previously, (AFA) - (KLM) scrapped the idea for TransAvia Europe after a bitter industrial dispute last fall, but plans to expand the budget carrier to new countries appear to be back on the table, this time with the approval of French pilot union (SNPL).
(AFA) - (KLM)’s Chairman & (CEO) Alexandre de Juniac said in September 2014 it had plans to grow (TAV)’s fleet to 100 airplanes by 2017.
December 2015: Air France (AFA) - (KLM) has confirmed TransAvia (TAV) will open a new European base in Munich from March 2016. It will base 4 Boeing 737-800s in Munich, operating to 18 destinations and 101 weekly flights during the summer 2016 season.
According to a joint press release from Munich Airport and (AFA) - (KLM), (TAV) will be the 1st (LCC) to establish a base in Munich. “Flights will be mainly operated by German crews based on site, creating +120 jobs at (TAV) alone,” (CEO) Mattijs ten Brink said.
TransAvia (TAV) will operate from Munich to Bari, Bologna, Brussels, Catania, Copenhagen, Dubrovnik, Eindhoven, Faro, Marrakech, Naples, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paris-Orly, Pisa, Porto, Seville, Valence, and Venice.
(TAV) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the (AFA) - (KLM) Group.
(AFA) - (KLM) said it is improving (TAV)’s service not only from France and the Netherlands, but also from other European countries to constantly seize new growth opportunities in the European low-cost market. The low-cost arm is a key pillar of the (AFA) - (KLM) Group’s strategy within the framework of the "Perform 2020" plan.
(TAV) is also expanding flight operations from its 6 hubs in Amsterdam, Rotterdam-Den Haag, Eindhoven, Paris Orly, Nantes, & Lyon.
This winter, (TAV) serves a total of >110 destinations in Europe and North Africa, operating a fleet of nearly 70 Boeing 737s by the end of 2016. The carrier transports 11.5 million passengers annually.
The group’s Chairman & (CEO) Alexandre de Juniac said in September 2014 it had plans to grow (TAV)’s fleet to 100 airplanes by 2017.
January 2016: TransAvia (TAV) began 12x-weekly, Luton - Paris (ORY).
April 2016: TransAvia (TAV) commenced services on 2 routes, starting on April 6 with a link between Amsterdam (AMS) and Olbia (OLB) on the Italian island of Sardinia. The 1,318 km sector will be served by (TAV) 2x-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) utilizing (TAV)’s 737-700s.
The 2nd sector launched by (TAV) commenced on April 11 between Lyon (LYS) and Faro (FAO). Flights on this 1,452 km airport pair will also be served 2x-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) using 737-700s. Both services launched by TransAvia (TAV) will face direct competition from incumbent easyJet (EZY), with it operating 2x-weekly on the former route and 3x-weekly on the latter.
This summer (TAV) will serve 14 destinations from Lyon, up from 10 last summer. In addition to the new Faro route, (TAV) will shortly be adding new services to Agadir, Lisbon, and Valencia.
January 2017: News Item A-1: TransAvia.com (TAV) in 2016 had 13.28 million passengers +22.9%, 22.90 million (RPK)s (2015: 20.17 million (RPK)s; +13.5%; 88.9% LF (2015: 89.9% LF).
February 2017: 737-8K2 (62153, PH-HXF), ex-(N1897B) delivery.
March 2017: 2 737-8EH (36596, PR-GGX; 37599, PR-GGY), ex-(PH-GGX, PH-GGY), (GOL) (GOT) leased.
June 2017: 737-8KN (40236, PH-HSR), ex-(A6-FDF), flydubai (FDB) leased.
August 2017: (CSA) Czech Airlines Technics was selected by (KLM) low cost carrier (LCC) Transavia (TAV) for Boeing 737NG maintenance.
February 2018: Air France (AFA) - (KLM) has started looking at how it could expand formerly loss-making Transavia France (TVF)’s fleet beyond the 40 airplanes it is limited to by an agreement with labor unions. It hopes the subsidiary could help it stave off intensifying competition from other low cost carriers (LCC)s in the French market.
“We have started the process of considering the development of (TVF) beyond the 40 airplanes, with the objective of regaining a strong position including on routes from (French) provincial cities to Europe, where low-cost competition is particularly strong,” (AFA) - (KLM) (CEO) Jean-Marc Janaillac said. (AFA) - (KLM)’s full-year 2017 results, released last week, showed Transavia (TAV) the low-cost subsidiary (which also has operations in the Netherlands) earning an operating profit and growing its passenger numbers.
Transavia (TAV) has 73 Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s in total, including 29 airplanes within its (TVF) French operation. It has plans for a further four airplanes to arrive in 2018 for its French operation. An agreement with Transavia France (TVF)’s labor unions currently caps the French operation’s growth at 40 airplanes by 2020, meaning it could only take 7 more aircraft beyond the 4 scheduled to arrive this year.
Transavia (TAV) posted an 11.3% year-over-year (YOY) increase in passengers to 14.8 million in 2017, with capacity up +10.5% and (RASK) rising +6.8%. Its operating profit for the year was +€81 million/+$100 million, up from breakeven in 2016. “We have supported the development of our low-cost airline Transavia (TAV), and today we are happy to note that the airline is operating at costs that are entirely comparable to its low-cost competitors in Europe, making it a real driver of competitiveness for the group,” Janaillac said. “The year 2017 demonstrated (TAV)’s potential and our objective is that Transavia (TAV) continues to support group growth in point-to-point traffic in 2018.”
A group spokesperson added: “(TAV) is currently focused on realizing its objectives, as part of a road map we have charted together. As for extending its scope after 2020, we are going to examine the company’s positioning in excess of 40 airplanes as we are aware of Transavia France (TVF)’s growth potential.”
Competition within France is growing, both from the (TGV) high-speed train services and from other (LCC) competitors.
Ryanair (RYR), which previously was prevented from basing airplanes in France because it did not recognize unions, has now changed that stance and said in January it was talking to French regional airports and hoped to have aircraft based in France by winter 2018 or summer 2019.
(RYR) has said it could have around 30 airplanes based in France across 4 bases within the next 3 to 4 years, doubling its traffic in France, where it currently has just a 6% market share.
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2 737-8EH (36596, PR-GGX; 37599, PR-GGY), EX-(PH-GGX, PH-GGY), (GOL) (GOT) LEASED 2017-02.
0 737-2K2 (JT8D-15) (507-21397, /77 PK-IJH), STORED. 110Y.
0 737-3K2 (CFM56-3) (1683-24326, /89 PH-HVM; 712-24327 /89 PH-HVN; 856-24328, /90 PH-HVT; 858-24329, /90 PH-HVV, LEASED TO (ADH) 2002-01). 24326 RETURNED 2001-12. 24327; 24328; 24329 RETURNED. 149Y.
0 737-3K2 (CFM56-3) (27635; 28085; 26318), RETURNED (ILF), LEASED TO (ANZ). 149Y.
0 737-3L9 (CFM56-3) (1600-24219, /88, PH-TSW), EX-(MRS), (TCI) LEASED, RETURNED 2001-11. 149Y.
0 737-3S3 (CFM56-3) (3061-29245, PH-HZW), EX-(VAR), (SNR) LEASED. RETURNED. 149Y.
0 737-4YO (CFM56-3) (1747-24468, /89 PH-BPC), (UKL) LEASED. RETURNED.
0 737-4YO (CFM56-3) (1723-24344, PH-BPB), (KLM) LEASED 2001-07, RETURNED 2001-08.
0 737-7BD (CFM56-7B) (33920, PH-OEJ), ENERJET LEASED 2010-04, EX-(C-GOEJ). RETURNED. 149Y.
1 737-7K2 (CFM56-7B24) (873-30784, /01 PH-XRA "LEONTIEN VAN MOORSEL" - - SEE PHOTO - - "TAV-737-7K2-2008-12"), FLY LEASING LEASED 2001-06, WITH WINGLETS. 149Y.
7 737-7K2 (CFM56-7B24) (1278-33462, /03 PH-XRZ; 1292-33463, /03 PH-XRY; 1298-28256, /03 PH-XRB; 1316-33465, /03 PH-XRW; 1318-29347, /03 OY-TDZ, 2009-09; 1329-30659, /03 PH-XRD; 1482-30668, /04 PH-XRE; 1299-33464, /03 PH-XRX "STADSPRINS AKKEDEER;" 1316-33465, /03 PH-XRW; 1292-33463, /03 PH-XRY; 1278-33462, PH-XRZ, 2003-02), 29345 WET-LST (API) 2003-11. WINGLETS. 29347; LEASED TO (TDK). 33465; RETURNED, (ALE) LEASED TO (JTM) 2013-09. 149Y.
1 737-7K2 (CFM56-7B24) (1701-34170, PH-XRV "ROTTERDAM THE HAGUE AIRPORT"), (ILF) LEASED 2005-04. WINGLETS. 149Y.
17/3 ORDERS 737-800 (CFM56-7B), WITH WINGLETS. 186Y.
0 737-8BG (CFM56-7B) (819-32356, PH-HZZ; 955-32358), (SAA) WET-LEASED 2001-04, 32356 RETURNED 2001-10. 32358 RETURNED 2002-11. 32356; & 32358; (AGAIN) 2005-04. 32356 RETURNED 2005-11. 186Y.
0 737-8BG (CFM56-7B27) (918-32357, /01 PH-HZS), 5 MONTHS (SAA) WET-LEASED 2003-04. WITH WINGLETS. RETURNED 2003-09. RETURNED (AGAIN) 2004-10. 186Y.
0 737-8BG (CFM56-7B27) (807-32355, PH-HZS), (SAA) LEASED 2002-07, RETURNED 2002-08. 186Y.
0 737-8BK (CFM56-7B27) (1588-33016, PH-HSV; 1667-33021, PH-HSU), (SCA) LEASED 2008-04. RETURNED. 186Y.
1 737-8BK (CFM56-7B27) (33027, PR-GIE), (ALE) LEASED 2011-10. 186Y.
1 737-8EH (CFM56-7B27) (35831, PH-GGW), (GOT) LEASED 2010-06. RETURNED.
1 737-8EH (CFM56-7B27) (35852, PR-GUK), 2011-09.
0 737-8GJ (CFM56-7B27) (2267-34901), (ROJ) LEASED 2007-05. RETURNED. 186Y.
0 737-8KN (CFM56-7B26) (2966-40234, /09 PH-FDD), (FDB) LEASED FOR SUMMER 2012. EX-(A6-FDD). 189Y.
1 737-8KN (CFM56-7B26) (3110-40236, /09 PH-HSR), (FDB) LEASED FOR SUMMER 2012. EX-(A6-FDF). 189Y.
21 +3/1 OPTIONS 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (51-28373, /98 PH-HZA; 57-28374, /98 PH-HZB; 85-28375, /98 PH-HZC "CITY OF ROTTERDAM;" 252-28376, /99 PK-HZD; 277-28377, /99 PH-HZE "CITY OF RHODOS;" 291-28378, /99 PH-HZF; 498-28379, /00 PH-HZG; 524-28380, /OO PH-HZI; 549-30389, /00 PH-HZJ; 555-30390, /00 PH-HZK; 814-30391, /01 PH-HZL; 833-30392, /01 PH-HZM; 1122-30646, /02 PH-HZY; 1126-28248, /02 PH-HZX; 1132-29345, /02 PH-HZW; 1158-30650, /02 PH-HZV; 1478-32943, /04 PH-HZN, 2006-11 - SEE PHOTO; 3635-39259, PH-HSE, 2015-07 - SEE PHOTO "NECKERMANN LOGOJET), (ILF) LEASED, 2 LEASED TO (FUA) 1999-09; 2 LEASED TO (BER) 2000-11 (28379; 30389), 28375 LEASED TO (ISA) 2000-11; 30390 WET-LEASED TO (SBE) 2000-12; 3998-39261, PH-HSF, 2016-06). 28379 RETURNED FOM (BER) 2001-04. 814-30391, PH-HZL; 833-30392, PH-HZM; 2001-04). 28379; 28380; WET-LEASED TO (ADH) 2002-01. (277-28377, PH-HZE; 524-28380, PH-HZI; 1158-30650, PH-HZV; WET-LEASED TO (SCA) 2002-12 FOR 5 MONTHS). 28379 WET-LEASED TO (BER), UNTIL 2003-03. 30391 WET-LEASED TO (BER) 2003-03. 30392 LEASED TO (ADH) UNTIL 2003-09. 28375; 28380; WET-LEASED TO (SCA) 2003-11. 28379; 30389; WET-LEASED TO (SCA) 2003-12. 30390 WET-LEASED TO (ADH) 2004-04. 28379; 30650; RETURNED FROM (SCA) 2004-04. 30357 RETURNED (KLM) 2004-09. 28374; 28380; 30650; LEASED TO (SCA) 2004-12. 30392 TO (KLM)) 2005-03. 28248 RETURNED FROM (SCA) 2005-05. 28379; & 30389; RETURNED FROM (SCA). 30391 RF (BER) 2005-06. 30390; LST (KLM) 2005-10. 28375; & 29345; LEASED TO (ROJ) 2005-11. 28373; 28374; 28379; 28380; 30650; WET-LEASED TO (SCA) 2005-11. 28373; 28374; 28379; 30389; 30650; RETURNED FROM (SCA (2006-04). 28248; 28375; 28379; 30646; WET-LEASED TO (SCA) 2006-11. 28375; 28379; WET-LEASED TO (SCA) (AGAIN) 2007-11; 30646; WET-LEASED TO (TTA) 2007-12; & RETURNED FROM (TTA) 2008-03. 28379; 28380; RETURNED FROM (SCA); & 30391; RETURNED FROM (SWG) 2008-04. 30391; 2009-03; & 28373; 28375; 28377; RETURNED FROM (SWG) 2009-04. 28380; RETURNED FROM (SCA) 2009-04. 28375; 28380; LEASED TO (SCA) 2009-12. 28376; 28377; 29378; WET-LEASED TO (AMX). 28248' LEASED TO ENERJET. 30646; SOLD TO EUROATLANTIC (MAE) 2012-01. WINGLETS. 186Y.
3 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (29256; 1122-30646, /02 OY-TDA; 1158-30650, /02 OY-TDB; 30659), (ILF) LEASED. 28255 NTU. 30646; 30650; LEASED TO (TDK) 2009-08. 30650 RETURNED FROM TRANAVIA FRANCE, LEASED FROM AERCAP (DEA) 2017-01. 186Y.
2 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (29597, PH-BXH; 30357, PH-BXG), (KLM) LEASED, EX-(N1782B & N1786B) 2013-07. 186Y.
3 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (2534-29651, F-GZHC, 2008-03; 2583-29650, F-GZHD, 2008-04; 2615-29678, F-GZHE, 2008-05), EX-(DAL), (BBB) LEASED, FOR TRANSAVIA FRANCE (TVF) OPERATIONS. 186Y.
0 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (2946-29677, PH-ZOM), (TVF) LEASED 2009-06. RETURNED. 186Y.
0 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (605-30357, PH-BXG), (KLM) WET-LEASED 2004-07. RETURNED. 186Y.
4 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (2243-34169, /07 PH-HZO, 2950-34171, PH-HSA 2009-06; 3242-34172, PH-HSB, 2010-04; 3266-34173, PH-HSC, 2010-05), 34169; LEASED TO (ALO) 2007-11. 34169; RETURNED FROM (ALO) 2008-04, LEASED TO (TVF). 34171; 34172; RETURNED. 186Y.
1 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (2880-37160, PH-HSW), (ILF) LEASED 2009-04. LEASED TO (TTA) 2010-02 AS (9Y-TJR). 186Y.
1 737-8K2 (CFM56-7B27) (42067, PH-HSM), (ALE) LEASED 2015-05. 186Y.
0 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (433-28225, 9Y-GEO), (TTA) LEASED 2007-07, RETURNED 2007-08. 186Y.
1 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (1481-30670, N739MA), (MIB) WET-LEASED 2008-04. 186Y.
7/3 ORDERS (2/09) 737-800 (CFM56-7B):
2 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (GOT) LEASED FOR SUMMER 2012.
1 737-86N (CFM56-7B27) (1952-32693, PH-TVR), (ROJ) LEASED 2006-05. 186Y.
0 757-2K2 (RB211-535E4) (519-26633, /93 PH-TKA; 545-26634, /93 PH-TKB; 608-26635; /94 PH-TKC; 717-26630, /96 PH-TKD), (GEF) LEASED. 26633; 26634; RTND (GEH), LEASED TO (RNZ). 27630 RETURNED 2003-01. 26635 TO (AXY) 2005-04. (ETOPS) EQUIPPED, 218Y.
0 757-23A (RB211-525E4) (250-24528, /89 PH-AHP), EX-(HOL), RETURNED (TOM) 2000-12, LEASED TO (BAF).
0 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (25593), RETURNED (ROY) 2000-06.
0 757-330 (RB211-535E4-B) (846-29013, /99 D-ABOF; 855-30030, /99 D-ABOH), (CDF) WET-LEASED. 30030 RETURNED 2003-10. 252Y.
0 A320-200, MIDO LEASED 2004-08. RETURNED.
0 A321-100 (V2530-A5). 2 RETURNED.
0 B AE 146, FLIGHT LINE (UK) WET-LSD. RETURNED.
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MATTJIS TEN BRINK, CHAIRMAN & MANAGING DIRECTOR (2013-08).
BRAM GRABER, MANAGING DIRECTOR RESIGNED (2013-08) TO BECOME (AFA)-(KLM) EXECUTIVE VP PASSENGER STRATEGY.
ROB MELCHIOT, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
COR VRIESWIJK, EXECUTIVE VP & CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).
GERARD HELMING, EXECUTIVE VP MARKETING & SALES.
CAPTAIN ALLAN RUTTER, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (SPLKKHV) (email@example.com) (2002-10).
BRAM NICOLAI, VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE, FLEET & TECHNICAL SERVICES.
Bram graduated from the Delft University of Technology. He has a Masters degree in Space Engineering. In 1988, he joined Fokker Space & Systems: Engineer, Project Manager Launchers Division & Operations Manager Structures. In 2001 he became Head of Systems Engineering in Joint Venture Infraspeed ((DBFM) of the Dutch High Speed Railway Link) at Siemens Nederland NV. Bram is now VP Fleet & Technical Services at Transavia (TAV).
PAUL FLEERS, DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL SALES.
MR SCHUTTE, MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS (2002-12).
RICK VAN DE HEUVEL VAN VARIK, FLIGHT SAFTEY OFFICER (SPLKKHV),
CAPTAIN MARCO RAIJMAKERS, FLIGHT SAFETY OFFICER (SPLKKHV),
ARTHUR VAN DER WAL, VP FLEET MANAGEMENT (1996-04).
ED PATIJN, DIRECTOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) (1999-07).
RICHARD HOL, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING (firstname.lastname@example.org) (2000-05).
WILLEM VAN STEENIS, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (1998-05).
JAN OOIJEN, MANAGER MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT.
MATTHIEU VERDEGAAL, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (2001-06).
REYNOUD SIMONIS, TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER.
PETER VAN VELZEN, MANAGER CONSULTANCY & PROJECT SERVICES,
ROBERT JAN KORENROMP, PROJECT MANAGER, LEASE & MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS.
PIETER VAN DIJK, AIRPLANE LEASE CONTRACTS (2000-02).