The Air France - KLM Merger Story

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Mergers Acquisition and Takeovers
Case Length : 22 Pages
Period : 1998-2004
Organization : Air France, KLM
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : Europe, France
Industry : Civil Aviation


The case discusses the merger of Air France and KLM, the two leading airlines in Europe. It describes recent trends and studies the ongoing consolidation in the European aviation industry.

The case presents in detail the need and rationale behind the decision to merge and the perceived synergies by both the companies from the merger.

It also discusses the possible threats to the merger including cultural differences and various other issues. Finally, the case ends with a debate whether the merger will be successful or not in the future.


Mergers, Consolidation in European Civil Aviation Industry


  Page No.
Introduction 1
The European Civil Aviation Industry 2
Air France 5
The Merger and its Rationale 6
The Pitfalls 10
The Aftermath 11
Exhibits 14


Air-France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, European Civil Aviation Industry, Merger & Acquisition, Synergies in Merger, Alliances of Airline Companies, Sky Team Network

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