Keyword: Air France

Air France crash pilots not emergency-trained, says coroner

British coroner was speaking at the inquest into the deaths of two British men in the Air France jet disaster, which killed 228 people in 2009.

Six arrested over Air France gold cargo heist

The arrests in Paris were in connection with the theft this month of gold worth about 1.6 million euros from a Zurich-bound Air France flight.

Britons arrested in France after 1.4-tonne cocaine bust

Three Britons are among nine people arrested after police made biggest-ever cocaine seizure in mainland France, found partly on an Air France plane.

Huge cocaine haul seized on Air France plane in Paris

Police seized the 1.3 tonnes of pure cocaine on board an Air France flight from Venezuela, with the drugs found packed inside 30 suitcases.

Air France plans to cut 2,800 more jobs

The airline’s chief executive Frédéric Gagey blamed the cuts, to be carried out by the end of 2014, on 'weak demand'.

Air France fined in pro-Palestinian activist case

French court has found airline guilty of discrimination for removing a pro-Palestinian activist from a flight to Israel because she was not Jewish.

Virgin planning talks with Air France-KLM and Alitalia over joint venture

If agreed, the deal would allow Sir Richard Branson’s airline offer more routes to Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Air France sued after pilot ‘insults’ king of Morocco

Moroccan passengers to take airline to court after pilot joked that 'His Majesty the King of Morocco' was delaying their flight from Casablanca.

New Air France fares target bag-free travellers

French carrier says one-way "MiNi" tickets will start at 49 euros including tax for the 40 percent of people who travel without checked baggage.

Cabin crews promise stormy ride for Air France restructuring plan


After a relatively smooth launch, the sweeping restructuring programme announced earlier this year by debt-ridden carrier Air France appeared headed for turbulence this autumn amid a deadlock in negotiations with two flight attendants’ unions which have voted to reject the plans. The company wants to reduce its workforce by 10% and increase productivity by 20%, including an increase in working hours and a freeze on salaries. After reaching agreement with pilots and ground staff, it has now refused any further negotiation with the flight attendants, who it has threatened with “unilateral measures” to see the redundancies through. Simon Castel reports.

Air France asks passengers to pay cash for Damascus refuelling stop

Crew of an Air France Paris-Beirut flight re-routed for security reasons to Damascus sought cash from passengers for refuelling to reach Cyprus.

Air France defiant as cabin crew reject cost-saving plan

Air France cabin crew refuse to back proposals to rule out compulsory job cuts in exchange for a 20 percent improvement in productivity.

Pilot error and faulty equipment caused 2009 Air France crash, investigators say

A combination of mistakes by inadequately trained pilots and faulty equipment caused an Air France jet to plunge into the Atlantic in 2009.

Air France to lose 5,000 jobs by 2013

Air France has announced it is to shed 5,000 jobs by 2013, equal to a tenth of its workforce, in the French carrier's latest bid to return to profit.

Air France to slash jobs and flights in bid for return to profit

Air France says it is to reduce staff numbers and cut its short-and medium-haul fleet in an effort to slash costs and return the airline to growth.