Articles tagged “air france-klm”

Europe’s Airline CEOs Fess Up to Which Rivals They Admire Most

Europe’s Airline CEOs Fess Up to Which Rivals They Admire Most

Irene García Pérez, Bloomberg

European airline CEOs pick which rival airline they'd love to run given the chance. There's a certain amount of truth behind their nonchalance at the end of a long day at an industry event.

1 month ago

France and Dutch Governments Promise Cooperation After Reports of Air France-KLM Rift

France and Dutch Governments Promise Cooperation After Reports of Air France-KLM Rift

Ania Nussbaum and Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg

The Dutch government recently took a stake in Air France-KLM so it would have more leverage in group-level dynamics. It wasn't cheap, but ministers calculated this was only way to ensure executives in Paris would listen to Dutch interests. Will it work?

2 months ago

Is a Dutch Investment in Air France-KLM a Step Too Far?

Is a Dutch Investment in Air France-KLM a Step Too Far?

Ellen Proper and Ruben Munsterman, Bloomberg

It might seem like a move from a different time, but the Dutch government's move this week to take a 14 percent stake in Air France-KLM is renewing a debate over the role on government in business. It's certainly not like the airline company was teetering on the brink of collapse.

2 months ago

The Politics Behind Air France-KLM’s Peace Deal

The Politics Behind Air France-KLM’s Peace Deal

Brian Sumers, Skift

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers has done a fine job with his airline. It is a good thing he is staying put. But how will he work with group CEO Ben Smith? We'll find out.

2 months ago

Air France Pilots Endorse New Pay Deal After More Than a Year of Discord

Air France Pilots Endorse New Pay Deal After More Than a Year of Discord

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith was lauded for taking a tough but fair stance with Air Canada's unions when he was COO there. But Air France's unions are feistier. They've run the past two CEOs out of town, so it's impressive Smith got this done. Will labor peace last?

2 months ago

Air France and KLM Bosses May Become Deputy CEOs in Peace Deal

Air France and KLM Bosses May Become Deputy CEOs in Peace Deal

Angeline Benoit and Ellen Proper, Bloomberg

Did Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith, facing a rebellion of sorts from KLM, just blink? The answer may be in the details of a still-fluid governance agreement between the two airlines.

2 months ago

It’s Time to Let Air France-KLM’s New CEO Take Charge

It’s Time to Let Air France-KLM’s New CEO Take Charge

Brian Sumers, Skift

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers is one of the most respected airline managers in the world. But KLM is not an independent airline and ultimately he should be accountable to group CEO Ben Smith.

2 months ago

KLM Managers Raise Possibility of Strikes if CEO Is Removed

KLM Managers Raise Possibility of Strikes if CEO Is Removed

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Air France-KLM doesn't function like a normal airline group, so any display of power from one side was always going to lead to retaliation. But who's going to blink first?

2 months ago

Air France-KLM Plotting to Oust CEO of Dutch Airline

Air France-KLM Plotting to Oust CEO of Dutch Airline

Ellen Proper and Ania Nussbaum , Bloomberg

Air France-KLM really isn't a happy family. How long can it continue to exist in its current form if the two airlines can't work together?

2 months ago

Air France Looks to Shut Down Millennial Experiment Joon

Air France Looks to Shut Down Millennial Experiment Joon

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Joon attracted derision when it was first launched, with many people wondering whether an airline targeting younger, cooler travelers would really work. We now have an answer.

3 months ago

Europe’s Airlines Approaching U.S.-Like Levels of Profitability

Europe’s Airlines Approaching U.S.-Like Levels of Profitability

Jay Shabat, Skift Airline Weekly

Europe’s airline sector is a mix of thriving and struggling carriers. It’s also a mix of welcome developments, like booming transatlantic demand, and very unwelcome ones, like severe air traffic control delays.

4 months 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.

5 months ago