French national carrier Air France-KLM will launch three new destinations in Asia this year, which will served by its partner airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Country manager for Malaysia Estee Ng said KLM will commence flights to Fukuoka, Japan, and two other destinations later this year.
“Air France-KLM is constantly looking to tap new destinations and we will focus our attention on how to maximise these new destinations,” she said in a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur last Friday.
Air France-KLM will launch its inaugural flight to Kuala Lumpur (KL) on April 22, 2012, with three weekly flights from Kuala Lumpur to Paris.
“We are looking at 85% load factor for the KL-Paris route by the end of this year. With the synergy of our sister airline KLM serving other destinations in Asia, we would see the KL-Paris route having a high passenger take-up rate,” Ng said.
The KL-Paris route, which is the 15th Asian destination for Air France-KLM, will be serviced by the Boeing 777-200.
The airline’s three flights are on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, with fares ranging from RM3,572 for a standard economy roundtrip and RM29,400 for business class.
Estee said 110,000 French nationals travelled to Malaysia for tourism and business purposes in 2011 with about 200 French companies in the country.