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An Air France aircraft in Paris. The airline 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 Focuses on Europe, the Caribbean for Winter 2021

The ongoing pandemic has led many carriers to shift their operational focus to leisure routes in recent months in an attempt to capture any remaining demand. Yesterday, Air France become the latest airline to join the trend as the carrier announced six new routes departing from Paris's Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports for Pointe-à-Pitre, located in the French territory of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. In addition, Air France will roll over seven summer destinations for the winter season this…

Air Austral Takes Delivery of First A220-300

Indian Ocean-based French carrier Air Austral of France’s La Réunion has received its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft, delivered from Airbus A220 Final Assembly Line in Mirabel, Canada. The carrier expects the second and third aircraft delivery to join Air Austral fleet in the coming days. Air Austral announced the purchase…

The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 44: Divergent Domestic Markets

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Overcast or through our distributor, Anchor.…

French Lawmakers Ban Short Domestic Flights

French lawmakers from the lower chamber of Parliament voted on Saturday, April 10 to ban domestic flight operations in France where a train would complete the trip in two-and-a-half hours or less, with a goal of diverting short-haul domestic air traveling to more energy-efficient train services. While climate policies remain…

Kenya Airways Temporarily Cuts Netherlands, France Flights Until March

In a statement announced in Nairobi, Kenya Airways revealed a short term suspension of services that will affect flights to France  and the Netherlands through the month of February. The airline flies to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. “The temporary suspension is due to the new…

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…

French Government Approves 15 billion Euro Rescue Package

The French state continues to distribute aid to economic sectors impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. After implementing a plan of 18 billion euros to save the tourism industry and another 8 billion euros for the automotive industry, it was the turn for aviation. The Minister of Economy and Finance, Bruno…

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…

ATR CEO Sees Production Cuts on the Horizon

Following the lead of other major manufacturers in the aviation sector, Franco-Italian aircraft builder ATR has started laying the groundwork for its own slowdown of construction of new planes as the coronavirus continues to plague the industry. The aircraft manufacturer’s CEO Stefano Bortoli commented on the matter in a Reuters…