Air France talks tough with pilots

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore September 8, 2015 19:33

Air France talks tough with pilots

It has been widely reported based on information from union sources that Air France is considering cutting 10% of its long-haul network by 2017 unless pilots accept cost-cutting changes to their work conditions. The airline is seeking to ensure at least 80% of its current long-haul routes are profitable by 2017 (currently only 50% of its long-haul routes turn a profit), which could mean raising staff hours worked without raising salaries.

Air France is also reported to be considering operating some long-haul routes on a low-cost basis under a new subsidiary carrier. The carrier is due to take delivery of its 787-9s in late 2016, which could be used for such an endeavor due to their improved operating costs. Such a subsidiary would be created with a new salary structure, which it would need to clear with its workforce.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore September 8, 2015 19:33