Articles tagged “air france”

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.

2 months ago

Air France-KLM Struggles as Strikes Hit Profit

Air France-KLM Struggles as Strikes Hit Profit

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Employee unrest at Air France took its toll. The airline group really needs to appoint a new CEO soon so it can get back on track.

3 months ago

Air France-KLM Edges Closer to Naming New CEO

Air France-KLM Edges Closer to Naming New CEO

Albertina Torsoli and Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

It sounds like Air France-KLM's search for a new CEO is nearing its conclusion. Whoever gets the job needs to get the labor unions and shareholders onside or else they will suffer the same problems as their predecessor.

3 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.

3 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.

4 months ago

Air France and KLM Will Stay Together Despite Recent Turmoil: KLM CEO

Air France and KLM Will Stay Together Despite Recent Turmoil: KLM CEO

Brian Sumers, Skift

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers is honest. He knows some of his employees question why KLM, which is thriving, needs its long-term marriage to Air France. But Elbers knows that in airlines, the biggest carrier usually wins. Plus, he knows there's no other way forward. For better or worse, Air France and KLM are probably together forever.

5 months ago

Air France-KLM Names Interim CEO as Labor Disruption Continues

Air France-KLM Names Interim CEO as Labor Disruption Continues

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

It sounds like this is very much a temporary measure but who knows? If interim CEO Frederic Gagey manages to turn it around, maybe he'll be offered Air France's top job on a permanent basis – whether he'd want it is another question.

5 months ago

KLM Is Becoming Increasingly Frustrated With Partner Air France

KLM Is Becoming Increasingly Frustrated With Partner Air France

Ellen Proper, Bloomberg

Given all the problems of late, it's not surprising to see KLM flexing its muscles. We'll be keeping an eye on who the airline group picks to replace departing CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac.

5 months ago

French Transport Minister Sounds Alarm Over Air France’s Future

French Transport Minister Sounds Alarm Over Air France’s Future

Francois de Beaupuy, Bloomberg

KLM is probably ruing the day it hitched itself to Air France. The latter's struggles are still causing problems for the overall group and with the CEO set to depart, it's hard to see the situation improving any time soon.

5 months ago

Air France Employees Should Look in the Mirror to Understand Why Their CEO Just Quit

Air France Employees Should Look in the Mirror to Understand Why Their CEO Just Quit

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

In the 1980s, workers at some U.S. airlines chose not to change with the times and accept pay cuts and work rule changes. Many of the airlines they worked for no longer exist. That almost certainly won't happen at Air France — there's national pride at stake — but it's still an ominous comparison.

5 months ago

Labor Strife Continues To Take Its Toll on Air France

Labor Strife Continues To Take Its Toll on Air France

Benedikt Kammel, Bloomberg

Labor strikes are nothing new at European airlines — almost the price of doing business, it would seem. But for Europe's largest carrier, worker turmoil is having an enormous impact that may require French President Emmanuel Macron to move faster on labor reforms.

5 months ago

Air France-KLM CEO Will Resign After Workers Reject New Pay Proposal

Air France-KLM CEO Will Resign After Workers Reject New Pay Proposal

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Air France is lucky it's tied to its Dutch sibling, KLM. Without it, Air France would probably be a lot more like Alitalia — teetering on the edge of insolvency because its employees don't want to change with the times. It's hard to believe the next CEO of Air France-KLM would have better luck.

6 months ago