Air France pilots see Transavia deal signed by mid-November

Transavia Boeing 737-800

Air France and its main pilots’ union SNPL said on Thursday they reached a tentative deal aimed at ending a dispute over the airline’s low cost unit Transavia France, sending shares in the airline up 6 percent. Air France said it expected the text they had agreed on to be signed in mid-November. Air France-KLM’s […]

Air France Puts Pilots’ Strike Cost at More Than $400 Million


Air France on Wednesday estimated the cost of a crippling two-week strike by its pilots last month at more than $400 million and warned that this, along with a decline in year-end reservations, could erase a sizable portion of its core profit this year. The strike, which forced the cancellation of more than 8,500 flights […]

Europe’s Airline Labor Woes Play Into Hands of Discount Carriers

Air France and Deutsche Lufthansa AG may find that the main beneficiaries of the worst strikes in their histories are the low-cost competitors they seek to repel. Protesting pilots crippled traffic at Air France for two weeks, while Lufthansa has endured a wave of walkouts by pilots. Lufthansa Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr asked customers […]

Air France resumes flights after pilots call off strike

Air France will resume the majority of flights again today, following the end of a two-week pilot’s union strike on September 28. The airline’s schedule was severely disrupted during the strikes with up to 60 per cent of flights cancelled, causing an estimated loss of up to €300m (£233) for the company. This figure doesn’t […]

Turbulent times for European flag carriers as budget airlines take flight

Air France pilots are now into the second week of a strike over management plans to step up development of its budget Transavia unit where pilots are paid considerably less. The strike has forced Europe’s second largest airline after Lufthansa to ground around half of its flights and is costing it €20 million per day, […]

Air France bracing for worst strike in 16 years as pilots walk out

Air France said it’s bracing for the most disruptive strike since 1998 today as pilots walk out over management plans to expand low-cost operations using flight crew paid less than at the mainline carrier. The French arm of Air France-KLM Group, Europe’s biggest airline, expects to cancel 52 percent of services on the first day […]