Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines are merging their two existing agreements to create a single joint venture (JV), the Franco-Dutch airline group announced on Monday.
By connecting the four airlines' networks, the joint venture offers customers a wide choice of destinations connecting Europe to China. Transfer and connection times are also optimized, Air France-KLM said in a statement.
The four airlines carry some 1.25 million passengers between Europe and China on their joint-operated routes per year.
The extended JV marks an important step for Air France-KLM and it will contribute to strengthening the two European airlines' position in the Chinese air transport market, which continues to grow, said Air France-KLM.
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