Articles tagged “air france-klm”

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.

3 weeks ago

New Air France-KLM CEO Seals Labor Peace With French Unions

New Air France-KLM CEO Seals Labor Peace With French Unions

Tara Patel, Bloomberg

New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith pulled off what some thought impossible, by negotiating a new pact with labor. But remember, Smith is still in his honeymoon period. Can he reset labor relations over the long-term? Or is this just a short-term success?

2 months 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.

4 months ago

Air Canada Tries to Minimize Disruption as Chief Operating Officer Leaves

Air Canada Tries to Minimize Disruption as Chief Operating Officer Leaves

Frederic Tomesco, Bloomberg

Air Canada may be losing a key player to Air France-KLM, but the loss doesn't have to be catastrophic.

4 months ago

Air France Unions Aren’t Happy With Newly Appointed CEO’s Big Salary

Air France Unions Aren’t Happy With Newly Appointed CEO’s Big Salary

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

Smith isn't getting a gigantic pay bump for moving to Air France-KLM even with the kind of resume he's bringing over. The unions should probably accept that this is the cost of doing business in European aviation these days.

4 months ago

Air France Unions Don’t Want Outsider Ben Smith of Air Canada as New CEO

Air France Unions Don’t Want Outsider Ben Smith of Air Canada as New CEO

Phil Serafino and Carol Matlack, Bloomberg

The Air Canada president gets high marks within the aviation industry. But predictably the French unions will put up a fight against his selection as CEO. He's already getting a good glimpse of what the future holds.

4 months ago

Air Canada’s President Emerges as Frontrunner for Air France-KLM CEO Job

Air Canada’s President Emerges as Frontrunner for Air France-KLM CEO Job

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

At Air Canada, Ben Smith developed a reputation as a straight shooter with employees, customers, and even journalists. But Air France-KLM is a different beast. The company is broken, and the French aren't accustomed to having an outsider run their national airline. If he gets the job, it'll be an interesting ride.

4 months ago

Air France-KLM Reportedly Identifies Air Canada Exec as Potential New CEO

Air France-KLM Reportedly Identifies Air Canada Exec as Potential New CEO

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

It sounds like Ben Smith's appointment isn't imminent and that he may not be the only executive in the race. But given Air France's labor relations problems, his experience dealing with unions might be the deciding factor.

4 months ago

AccorHotels Takes $288 Million Hit on Onefinestay and John Paul Investments

AccorHotels Takes $288 Million Hit on Onefinestay and John Paul Investments

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Uh oh! Is this the start of Accor's ambitious acquisition strategy unraveling or simply a bump in the road?

5 months ago

Air France Pilots Dislike the Idea of a Dutch CEO

Air France Pilots Dislike the Idea of a Dutch CEO

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

KLM chief Pieter Elbers is a serious contender for the job of Air France-KLM Group CEO. But if he wants to become the top boss, he needs to assure French cockpit crews that flights will not shift to Amsterdam.

5 months ago

Competitor Circling Vulnerable Air France-KLM

Competitor Circling Vulnerable Air France-KLM

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Low-cost carriers see an opportunity with flights out of Paris, adding to the woes at Air France-KLM. What will be the catalyst to bring about real change at the Franco-Dutch carrier?

6 months ago

Air France Tries a Softer Touch With Labor But Unions Aren’t Amused

Air France Tries a Softer Touch With Labor But Unions Aren’t Amused

Ania Nussbaum , Bloomberg

Each day this labor dispute continues, Air France-KLM falls further behind its main competitors, International Airlines Group and Lufthansa Group. Considering there's no end in sight, this is not a good situation.

6 months ago