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A Transavia 737 departing Innsbruck. Air France and its pilot union have agreed to amendments that will allow Transavia, Air France's low-cost subsidiary, to take over certain domestic routes. (Photo: Air France)

Air France, Pilot Union Agree to Domestic Restructuring Effort

Air France and its main union, SNPL, have agreed to a restructuring that will allow Transavia France to fly domestic routes, Air France-KLM Group announced in a press release. The agreement will allow Transavia France to operate on domestic Air France flights and changes mid-range activity guarantees in line with changes to the carrier’s domestic changes. Transavia will receive routes from Air France and HOP!, Air France’s regional subsidiary. Air France and HOP! could see their domestic services cut by…

Air France Set to Slash 7,850 Jobs Amid Pandemic

During a central social and economic committee on July 3, Air France announced a dramatic workforce restructuring plan. The company will cut 7,850 jobs including 6,560 at Air France and 1,020 at the short-haul subsidiary HOP!, equating to more than 16% of the company’s workforce. With workforce reductions, the airline…

Air France Will Bid Farewell to Its A380s on Friday

Hit hard by the collapse of air traffic due to ongoing pandemic, Air France abruptly had to retire its entire A380 fleet in May. The aircraft will take to the skies for the last time with the Air France livery on Friday, eleven years after it entered service at the…

Controller Mistakenly Clears a KLM 737 to Line-Up Ahead of…

The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) investigators have revealed that KLM Cityhopper pilots aborted the take-off at high speed (above 85 knots) after hearing that runway controller issued a take-off clearance to another aircraft for the same runway. The incident took place at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 27…

Lufthansa and United Alleged to Partner for TAP Air Portugal…

American serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman is close to selling his share of Atlantic Gateway, the holding controller of Portuguese flag carrier TAP Air Portugal, to the Lufthansa Group, Portuguese newspaper Jornal de Negocios reported on Sunday. Neeleman controls 50 percent of Atlantic Gateway, which in turn owns 45 percent…

Air France-KLM Aim for More Brand Clarity with HOP! Rebrand

Air France recently announced that the branding on its regional routes and fleet, currently known as HOP!, will be marketed as Air France HOP. This change aims to link the regional flight offerings more clearly to the Air France brand, making it the sole point of reference for customers wishing…

Air France Agrees on Landmark Union Pay Deal to End…

A costly and long-standing pay dispute has finally been resolved after Air France struck a new pay deal with five of the seven unions with whom it had been at loggerheads. The unions, representing 76 percent of Air France's workers, have accepted a four percent pay rise, two percent of…

Same Birthday, 14 Years Apart: Air France and KLM Celebrate…

On Oct, 7, 1919, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines was founded by eight Dutch businessmen and became one of the first commercial airline companies. The first flight took place just over seven months later on May 17, 1920, between Croydon, U.K. and Amsterdam, Netherlands on a leased De Haviland DH-16 registered…

Air France-KLM Planning Joint Venture with Air Europa

Air France-KLM announced their intent in creating a joint venture (JV) with fellow Skyteam partner Air Europa to strengthen their presence in Central and South American markets. Such a strategy will help them offer greater connectivity in the region and will secure them a solid long-term position in what seems like…