Articles tagged “air france-klm group”

Richard Branson Changes Mind on Selling Virgin Atlantic Stake

Richard Branson Changes Mind on Selling Virgin Atlantic Stake

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

This might be a win-win for all sides involved, especially given the expanded joint venture already in the works. Richard Branson gets to keep control of his beloved airline and Air France-KLM Group can use the money elsewhere.

2 weeks ago

Air France Won’t Face Manslaughter Charges for 2009 Crash

Air France Won’t Face Manslaughter Charges for 2009 Crash

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press

It looks like a variety of technical issues, not pilot error, caused Air France's 2009 crash. The families of its victims are justifiably upset the French government won't hold the airline accountable.

3 months ago

Air France May Face Trial Over 2009 Crash That Killed 228

Air France May Face Trial Over 2009 Crash That Killed 228

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press

Air France may stand trial in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard. The airline has maintained that the flight crew was properly trained and that the aircraft systems were functioning according to the standard at the time.

5 months ago

Air France-KLM Moves to Simplify Airline Group

Air France-KLM Moves to Simplify Airline Group

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Ben Smith is talking the talk right now, but unlike his predecessors who disappointed: Will he be able to walk the walk?

10 months ago

Lufthansa Overtakes Air France as Europe’s Largest Airline After 14 Years

Lufthansa Overtakes Air France as Europe’s Largest Airline After 14 Years

Tom Lavell, Bloomberg

Lufthansa last year beat Air France-KLM in passenger traffic. The German carrier partly achieved this after making the strategically brilliant move of assuming parts of troubled Air Berlin. But both European giants must constantly watch out for rising unit costs and falling unit revenues.

11 months ago

KLM Outperforms Sister Airline Air France in 2018

KLM Outperforms Sister Airline Air France in 2018

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

The Dutch arm of Air France-KLM continues to be the shining star of the group. New Air France CEO Anne Rigail will be hoping to change that in 2019.

11 months ago

Air France Appoints First Female CEO

Air France Appoints First Female CEO

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Anne Rigail has the key task of trying to get the unions onside in order to avert further strike action. If she succeeds, the future looks good for Air France.

1 year ago

Air France-KLM Could Gain Ground in Labor Talks After Union Leadership Change

Air France-KLM Could Gain Ground in Labor Talks After Union Leadership Change

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Relatively new CEO Ben Smith will be hoping that the change in leadership leads to a thawing in relations between the airline group and some of its employees.

1 year ago

Air France-KLM Launches a Unit to Churn Out Travel Startups

Air France-KLM Launches a Unit to Churn Out Travel Startups

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Can you really grow a unicorn in a lab? In other words, can companies like Air France-KLM read all of the innovation advice books in airport bookshops and methodically create the next Airbnb? We're skeptical. But the travel industry could use much more innovation.

1 year ago

How Air France-KLM’s CEO Wants It to Be Like Other Airline Groups

How Air France-KLM’s CEO Wants It to Be Like Other Airline Groups

Patrick Whyte, Skift

New CEO Benjamin Smith is trying to do something his predecessors failed at — bring Air France and KLM closer together. The two airlines need to work in sync more if the group is going to compete better with rivals in Europe.

1 year ago

European Airline Giants Cancel Iran Services as U.S. Sanctions Begin to Bite

European Airline Giants Cancel Iran Services as U.S. Sanctions Begin to Bite

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Fringe airline routes are always susceptible to geopolitical changes, and at the moment, flights to Tehran just aren't pulling their weight. The beauty of the business though is if things change, they can always go back.

1 year ago

Air France-KLM’s Incoming CEO Will Face a Litany of Union Demands

Air France-KLM’s Incoming CEO Will Face a Litany of Union Demands

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

It will be hard for incoming CEO Ben Smith to accommodate union demands when Air France-KLM will have to also drop routes, curb winter-season seating capacity, and deepen other cost-cutting measures after its second-quarter profit fell 22 percent.

1 year ago