Keyword: Air France
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.
Normal service will begin resuming Tuesday after the two-week strike over development plans for the airline's low-cost arm ended Sunday.
Talkss between pilots and the airline were blocked Saturday after the latter, and the government, rejected calls for appointment of a mediator.
The airline and pilots are still at loggerheads after an 11-day strike that the company says causes a daily operating loss of 20 million euros.
The airline denied transport secretary's comments that it had dropped its plan to delocalise low-cost arm and which sparked pilots' strike.
Hundreds of pilots gathered in full uniform in a protest outside French parliament as their strike continued into its second week.
Pilots rejected a management proposition to delay development plan of its low-cost arm which they say is a move to delocalise employment.
French transport minister Alain Vidalies was speaking as the pilots' strike, said to cost the airline 15M euros daily, enters its second week.
The airline faces further crippling and costly strikes, which have already reduced flights by half, until Friday September 26th.
The airline and pilots' unions continued talks Thursday over the strike that began Monday and which was originally due to end September 22.
The strike, which began Monday and could last up to a week, has grounded more than a half of flights and cost the airline millions of euros.
The week-long strike began on Monday by halting about half of the French airline's flights, but is due to ground 60% of flights on Tuesday.