Keyword: Air France
The physical attacks upon two Air France executives on Monday by a small group of airline staff protesting a plan of job losses has been widely condemned by trade unions, management and government. The assaults, in which the Human Resources director and the long-haul flight manager had their clothing ripped off, dramatically underlined the high tensions within the struggling airline over its announcement it is to shed 2,900 jobs over the next two years. Mathilde Goanec and Dan Israel report.
Human resources boss Xavier Broseta had shirt ripped off as angry airline workers protested over plans to cut 2,900 jobs over two years.
Decision to announce cuts next week comes after breakdown in talks with pilots’ unions to trim €170 million annually over three years.
The voluminous object was seen floating 70 kms from the French Indian Ocean island, where debris from vanished MH370 previously washed up.
The debt-ridden carrier said it will cut some routes to Spain, Italy, Norway and Malaysia, and sought 'to postpone delivery of long-haul aircraft.'
In early May Boeing 777 pilots diverted to avoid storm clouds but their route took their jetliner towards 13,000-foot Mount Cameroun.
The move, in a plan to keep key firms under French control, is for an extra 5.1 million shares at 46m euros, and follows similar move at Renault.
The Airbus A319 landed safely at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport after reportedly developing 'technical' problems one hour into its flight.
Union officials said the French carrier had informed them 800 jobs will be lost, affecting both ground staff and cabin crews, over three years.
After a lengthy strike earlier this year, pilots narrowly voted in favour of plans to develop the airline's low-cost operator Transavia.
After a costly pilots' strike last month, initial agreement has been reached for crews flying Transavia planes to retain Air France benefits.
The airline said press reports that two of three pilots flying AF447 were asleep showed 'a major misunderstanding' of events in its cockpit.
Finance director says month-long dispute had an immediate impact of about 320-350m euros and will also hit future business.
Dispute could wipe out second quarter profits but some say that failure of striking pilots to win clear victory is good news for airline's future.