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Air France said it remains in negotiations with employees about cutting costs, denying a report that it will slash an additional 3,000 positions, including pilots.
The French unit of Air France KLM Group is in talks specifically with flight attendants and ground staff about buyout packages and will only disclose its plans after the busy summer season, the airline said in an e-mailed statement responding to questions about a report in Le Monde newspaper.
“Air France formally denies the information published this morning in the press,” the carrier said. “As we move into the peak summer travel period, crucial for our 2015 results, we’re all mobilized to best serve our customers.”
Struggling to return to profit after four years of losses, the airline group this month disclosed plans to cut destinations and said it may postpone some aircraft deliveries as talks drag on with unions to cut costs.
The Paris-based company is also examining its fleet requirements, and new planes may be brought on more slowly, it said. The carrier has cut more than 7,500 jobs over three years as part of an overhaul aimed at making it more competitive with Deutsche Lufthansa AG, IAG’s British Airways and Gulf carriers such as Emirates.
This article was written by Andrea Rothman from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.