Keyword: Air France

Bust French airline XL Airways seeks bailout by Air France

The management of French airline XL Airways, which operates long-haul and charter flights and which is due to halt flights on Monday after enetring into liquidation, is seeking a last-minute deal for a takeover by Air France to avoid folding with the loss of around 600 jobs.

Result of probe into Air France Rio-Paris crash outrages victims' families

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A Brazilian navy ship retrieves debris from Air France flight AF447 found on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, June 9th 2009.

Ten years after the crash over the Atlantic Ocean of Air France flight AF447, in which all 228 passengers and crew aboard the Airbus 330 were killed, the French judicial investigation into the events has finally closed, without charges. The magistrates in charge of the probe have controversially exonerated the airline and Airbus of any responsibility for the disaster, which it instead placed firmly on the flight crew. The September 5th ruling has outraged relatives of the victims, who have accused the investigation of buckling before “the aeronautical lobby”, and who have now lodged an appeal to re-open the investigation. Mediapart has obtained access to the case file which, as Yann Philippin reports, contains numerous elements which contradict the magistrates’ findings.

Macron moves to release secret files on 1968 French airliner crash

French President Emmanuel Macron has leant his support for the release of secret military files concerning the mysterious crash over the Meditarranean Sea in September 1968 of an Air France Caravelle plane as it descended for landing at Nice airport, and which victims' families have long suspected was the result of a missile fired by a French warship during a military exercise.

French judges drop case against Air France for 2009 crash

Decision infuriated victims’ groups in France and Brazil who have pushed to bring case to trial, after Rio to Paris crash killed all 228 on board.

Unions promise turbulence for Air France's new Canadian CEO

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Benjamin Smith, newly appointed CEO of Air France-KLM. © Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne Benjamin Smith, newly appointed CEO of Air France-KLM. © Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

The appointment on Thursday of Air Canada COO Benjamin Smith as the new boss of Air France-KLM has been met with uproar among staff unions at the French arm of the group. They have fiercely protested the nomination of a foreigner at the helm of Air France, which they allege was driven by group shareholder Delta Airlines, but also the size of his remuneration package, well above that of his predecessor, and what they see as a plan to weaken Air France’s operations in favour of KLM. Mathilde Goanec reports on the furore which promises a turbulent touchdown for Smith next month.         

Strike-hit Air France's share price dives amid warning over its future

Air France staff held a 14th day of strike action over pay on Monday, three days after the national carrier's CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac resigned amid the dispute, estimated to have caused losses of around 300 million francs, and after warnings from France's economy minister Bruno Le Maire that the government will not step in to save the struggling airline from collapse. 

Air France-KLM boss to quit after staff reject pay deal

Jean-Marc Janaillac's decision has plunged airline into turmoil amid wave of strikes at its French brand that has cost company 300 million euros.

Air France staff announce further strike action on Tuesday

Unions representing Air France staff, who have held seven days of strike action in support of a demand for a 6% pay increase have announced further stoppages this month, recommencing on Tuesday when the airline predicts 30 percent of flights will be cancelled overall. 

Air France strike hits flights as French braced for rail stoppages

Industrial action at France’s flag carrier overlaps with nationwide rolling train strikes, as rail unions protest against President Macron’s reforms.

Macron's high-risk spring as he faces worker discontent

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The rail strike will be a big test of Emmanuel Macron's presidency. The rail strike will be a big test of Emmanuel Macron's presidency.

This week is the start of a critical period in Emmanuel Macron's presidency. Workers from the rail industry, Air France and the supermarket chain Carrefour have been taking industrial action while students have held sit-ins at a number of universities. The government says that these various actions with their different causes show an irrational fear of the “new world” that is dawning. In fact, argues Hubert Huertas, these protests stem from a weariness with years of talk about the need for austerity and reform - and they could yet threaten the presidency's power.

France faces spring of discontent as workers fight Macron’s reforms

Workers in transport and other public sectors plan strikes amid fears of protests in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the May 1968 uprising.

Air France cancels quarter of flights as staff strike

Unions say the airline should share wealth with staff after strong results last year, but management higher salaries would put its growth at risk.

Judicial probe opens into Air France A380 engine explosion

Inquiry was requested by passengers on board Paris to Los Angeles flight last September which had to make an emergency landing in Canada.

Mystery of French minister's massive Air France pay-off

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Top civil servant and Armed Forces minister Florence Parly. © Reuters Top civil servant and Armed Forces minister Florence Parly. © Reuters

A French government minister's declarations of her past income have shed a stark light on the system of privileges enjoyed by an elite group of civil servants in France. That system allowed Florence Parly, a career civil servant who is now minister for the Armed Forces, to take up lucrative jobs outside the civil service without ever risking her security of employment. She even managed to negotiate a golden handshake from Air France worth around half a million euros. Laurent Mauduit reports.

Engine parts from Air France flight found in Greenland

Parts from an Air France A380 aircraft which was forced to land at Canada's Goose Bay airfield on September 30th after one of its four jet engines exploded over the Atlantic Ocean mid-flight from Paris to Los Angeles have been found in Greenland.