Air France-KLM appoints Air Canada exec as new CEO

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Air France-KLM has appointed Air Canada’s operations chief Benjamin Smith as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Jean-Marc Janaillac who resigned this year after failing to resolve a series of crippling strikes at the carrier's French arm, but the nomination has met with fierce opposition from unions.

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Air France-KLM named Air Canada’s Ben Smith as chief executive officer, casting aside union objections to entrust a foreigner with turning around Europe’s biggest carrier by passenger traffic, reports Bloomberg.