Articles tagged “air france”

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.

2 weeks ago

Air France May Play a Part Rescuing Country’s No. 2 Airline

Air France May Play a Part Rescuing Country’s No. 2 Airline

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Slots are a valuable commodity, especially at busy airports like Orly. Aigle Azur's demise offers Air France an opportunity to increase its presence at Paris' second largest airport, but other airlines will likely be interested as well.

2 weeks ago

Air France-KLM Hints at Further Fleet Changes After Sealing Union Deal

Air France-KLM Hints at Further Fleet Changes After Sealing Union Deal

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Under newish CEO Ben Smith, Air France-KLM has improved its relationship with its unions. This new agreement will make it much easier for its French unit in particular to compete with low-cost rivals.

2 months ago

Air France Will Retire Its Airbus Superjumbos Within 3 Years

Air France Will Retire Its Airbus Superjumbos Within 3 Years

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Airbus builds its A380s in Toulouse, France. How could the French national airline not buy them? But the giant airplane was never a great fit for the airline's route network. Plus, its cabins were outdated from almost the beginning. By 2022, Air France's fleet should better match its strategy.

2 months ago

Air France-KLM Set to Announce a Large Airbus Order

Air France-KLM Set to Announce a Large Airbus Order

Robert Williams , Bloomberg

After a disappointing end to its A380 program, Airbus needs a winner. It looks like the leaner A220 might be it.

2 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.

2 months ago

Air France Balks at Government Plan for a New Tax on Flights

Air France Balks at Government Plan for a New Tax on Flights

Tara Patel and Francois de Beaupuy, Bloomberg

In the age of flying-shame, a flight tax might make sense from a consumer perspective. But the French government will find its national carrier Air France is a strong opponent to its implementation.

2 months ago

New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Begins Putting His Imprint on Air France

New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Begins Putting His Imprint on Air France

Brian Sumers, Skift

Insiders sometimes privately ask if Ben Smith will be a short-timer at Air France-KLM. He is trying to bring big change to a company plagued by inertia. But change is happening. Let's see if Smith will have traction.

3 months ago

New Accor and Air France-KLM Loyalty Partnership Raises Bar for Targeting Biz Travelers

New Accor and Air France-KLM Loyalty Partnership Raises Bar for Targeting Biz Travelers

Grant Martin, Skift

Like a similar program now in place between American and Hyatt, the partnership between Accor and Air France-KLM aims to share customers between similar target markets. Unlike its American cousin though, this partnership is open to all loyalty tiers.

3 months ago

Air France-KLM CEO Says Company Would Consider Buying a Competitor

Air France-KLM CEO Says Company Would Consider Buying a Competitor

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Air France-KLM merger has been a textbook example of how hard it is to meld corporate cultures. But CEO Ben Smith isn't letting that deter him from taking a look at new acquisitions. Too soon?

4 months ago

Air France to Stem Losses With Job Cuts and Slashed Short-Haul Capacity

Air France to Stem Losses With Job Cuts and Slashed Short-Haul Capacity

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Many other European airlines already have done some major restructuring because of changes in short-haul route dynamics. Now it's Air France's turn. The airline needs to make some tough decisions.

4 months ago

Air France-KLM Losses Grow as Competition Intensifies

Air France-KLM Losses Grow as Competition Intensifies

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Competition is tough in Europe at the moment and Air France-KLM's losses don't look good. But it's traditionally a weak quarter for airlines so things should get better during spring and summer.

5 months ago