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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 mainly aims at changing its domestic business model to reduce its external and internal costs. “For Air France, predictions of staff requirements show a reduction of 6,560 jobs by the…

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…

Air France Ramps Up Flight Schedule as Restrictions Ease

Air France has announced its plan to increase the number of scheduled passenger flights it will offer in the summer as it expects a rise in passenger traffic over the coming period. According to the announcement released on Friday, it will serve passenger flights to nearly 150 destinations in the…

Emirates President Says Airline Will Revive its Airbus A380 Fleet

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the fate of the A380, the world’s largest passenger plane ever built, was sealed. Most of the operators of the double-decker giant had already planned the gradual demise of the superjumbo. In February 2019, Airbus also announced it would permanently cease the production of A380…

Air France Announces Immediate Retirement of A380 Fleet

Air France has announced it will immediately retire its Airbus A380 fleet following the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The airline was due to retire nine A380s from its fleet by 2022, however, the French flag carrier has brought this date forward. In a statement, the airline said: "In the…

Air France Begins Progressive Resumption of Flight Schedule

Air France has announced that it plans to gradually resume its flights between now and the end of June as demand for air travel begins to rise. The French carrier is currently operating between three and five percent of its usual schedule, which it has been doing since the end…

Air France Slated to Receive 7 Billion Euro Bailout Package

The European Union on Monday approved a French state aid of €7 Billion consisting of state loans and state-guaranteed bank loans to aid Air-France in its urgent liquidity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The European competition watchdog exercised its commission under Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the…

At a Glance: European Airlines Response to COVID-19

As the effects of the global pandemic take full effect across the world, the bosses of major airlines across Europe have begun to announce what measures they will take to help protect their airlines for future operations. Some have decided to defer orders, others have decided to expedite the retirements…

KLM Could Break-Up With Air France Over State Subsidies

The current crisis that is heavily affecting all carriers around the world could profoundly change the landscape of the airline industry for the years to come. According to the Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad, Air France and KLM may return to operate as independent carriers. The two airlines merged in…

Delta, Air France-KLM and Virgin Atlantic Launch New Partnership

What is being billed as the ‘World’s Leading Partnership’ was launched this week by Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Air France. The joint venture (JV) by the four airlines expands on existing JVs between the U.S. carrier and the U.K. and European carriers. Delta CEO Ed Bastian stated:…