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How KLM gets on with an employee

KLM Royal Dutch AirlinesKLM VIPs treatment must pay damages to an escort of Very Important Persons (VIPs) or commercially and according to protocol important passengers. She has been working at the airline for nearly 38 years without any problem.

VIPs

But that changes when she complains about the growing number of pornstars, rappers, stoned childstars and drunken celebrities she has to accompany. KLM doesn’t appreciate her complaint and dismisses her due to soured labor relations.

Transition compensation

A magistrate rules she has a right to a transition compensation of €70,000...
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Who will pay Air France/KLM’s losses?

Air France/KLMNationalism seems on the rise in the EU. In particular the 4 miser countries – Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden – refuse to run up common debts. Moreover, France and the Netherlands have started with providing state aid, each for their own national airline. Some observers think this may prelude closing down the holding company Air France/KLM. Next, the mainly privately owned airlines Air France and KLM could continue separately.

Different cultures

The two carriers have very different cultures that mirror the more...
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Refunds or vouchers

Emblem of the US Department of TransportationOn May 13, 2020 authorities at both sides of the Atlantic warn airlines for the second time in 2 months. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) tells carriers they must issue refunds to passengers whose flights have been canceled or significantly changed. In March and April the DOT received 25,000 complaints compared to a 2-months average of 3,000. Travelers complain in droves that their airlines only offer a voucher and no refund.

Voucher or refund

The European Commission issues on the same...
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United breaks a promise

All middle seats taken on United flight Newark-San FranciscoDr. Ethan Weiss is a cardiologist and a scientist at the University of California San Francisco. On May 9, 2020, he tweets a remarkable photo (see on the right). It shows the cabin of a United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco. The flight is packed, all seats are taken. However, only 10 days before the flight United’s Chief Customer Officer sends a message to all passengers. It reads: "We're automatically blocking middle seats to give...

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Preferential treatment of US customers

  Full refund?For US customers KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has considerably more favorable rebook and cancelation policies than for other customers. The carrier offers US customers who saw their flights canceled not only a travel voucher. Alternatively, they can now get a full refund in cash if one of the following conditions applies. KLM has canceled the flight or delayed it by more than 3 hours. What’s more, US customers can apply for the refund online.

Travel voucher

Other customers can only apply for a travel voucher, which comes...
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Social distancing in the air

No legroomOver time airlines have reduced the seat size and passenger’s personal space in the cabin. At the same time passengers continued to grow, in particular in the USA. Carriers are free to reduce the seat size and the pitch (the distance between rows). But it is remarkable that the conditions for animals transported in the hold are much more regulated.

Personal space

However, several carriers including Lufthansa and Delta Air Lines have announced they will block middle seats in their aircraft. This will create a much needed...
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