The new global partnership further strengthens and extends an existing agreement with Air France-KLM which offers connectivity between France, Cuba and other Caribbean destinations.
Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’ ceo, commented: 'We are delighted to further extend our partnership with Air France-KLM.'
MSC Cruises' passengers can benefit from flights operated by, Air France, KLM and HOP! Air France.
Patrick Alexandre, Air France-KLM evp, commercial, sales and alliances, added: 'By partnering together, we will provide our mutual guests with a seamless and most enjoyable flight and cruise experience.'
Since 2012, the number of fly&cruise packages sold by MSC Cruises has tripled and is expected to grow by another 60% in the following two years. By the end of 2017, nearly 250,000 MSC Cruises guests are expected to choose a cruise holiday experience inclusive of flight.
While the initial partner agreement focused on flights out of France predominantly, this new global agreement – extended through a 3-year contract – will allow guests to fly to their cruise destination from and to 'practically any airport in the world', notes the two partners.
Guests buying an MSC Cruises 'Fly&Cruise' package will also be able to choose their cabin class (Business, Premium Economy or Economy) aboard Air France long-haul flights, and World Business Class or Economy Class aboard KLM flights as well as other airline benefits.