Both the French and Dutch government agree that Air France and KLM should not pass their problems to the other, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance said to the Council of Ministers on Friday. Dijsselbloem spoke to his French counterpart on Thursday and he agrees that "the problems of one company can not be solved by beating a hole in the other", the Dutch minister said
KLM CEO Pieter Elbers is concerned that the strike Air France pilots have planned for Saturday, one day after the start of the European Championships in France, will lead to reputation damage that will also effect the Dutch airline. In a message to the KLM staff, he called it a "destructive strike"
Air France-KLM's new CEO Jeam-Marc Janaillac is taking over the French-Dutch airlines on somewhat improved results compared to last year. In the first quarter of 2016 the airlines managed to further stem losses, though they still ended the quarter in the red
Some 15,000 ground workers would see their salaries frozen, and would lose one of their paid days off per year, according to a new proposal submitted by the the management of Dutch airline KLM to union representatives. The company would also like to replace some 3,000 baggage handlers and ground crews with temporary employees, the union CNV Vakmensen told newspaper De Telegraaf.
Alexandre de Juniac is stepping down as CEO Air France-KLM this summer. As of June 1st he will be working as chairman of the international trade association for airlines IATA, the Dutch-French airline group announced on Tuesday.
Airline Air France-KLM made its first profit in years in 2015, partly thanks to the low oil price and cheap euro. Last year the airline combination's net profit amounted to 118 million euros, compared to a loss of 225 million euros in 2014
The aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th was hard on Air France-KLM. The attacks cost the airline group an estimated 70 million euros in lost turnover, the group announced on Monday
A 16 year old Rotterdam boy was arrested on Sunday after he posted threatening tweets about an Air France flight. This resulted in flight AF1741, bound for Paris, being delayed for hours on Saturday while the plane was evacuated and searched for explosives. Nothing was found.
Air France KLM saw an increase in passengers in October. A total of 7 million travelers reached destinations through the airline partnership, 1.5 percent more than in the same month last year.
Dutch airline KLM will soon be selling flight tickets through Chinese internet giant Alibaba's traveling platform Alitrip. This deal will give the some 1.3 billion people living in China, according to a 2013 census, direct access to the airline.
Dutch labour union CNV is concerned that layoff plans announced this week at Air France could indicate dark clouds on the horizon at sister airline KLM. The French airline wants to eliminate 2,900 jobs and end some long-haul flights to Asia, which sent unruly employees to the company's headquarters in a flash protest that including ripping the clothes off two executives.
Airline KLM is preparing for its first forced layoffs. Up to 20 percent of the 30 thousand KLM employees will lose their jobs in the coming years - up to 6 thousand jobs.
Dozens of passenger planes are still flying over war zones and conflict areas - such as Mali, South Sudan and Sinai - on a daily basis. This includes airlines KLM and Air France as well as other European airlines such as Lufthansa and British Airways.
Of the Martinair pilots under threat of layoff as part of the Air France-KLM reorganization, 185 are trying to force the parent company to reassign the pilots to KLM. The pilots believe that they are entitled to equivalent work at KLM with the budget slashed at their cargo airline, the Volkskrant reported this week.
Air France-KLM joined the group of the five largest European airlines to lay out regulatory demands to the European Union. The airlines presented their demands as a part of a shared vision for a new EU aviation strategy.
The government of Qatar will not immediately retaliate for Dutch restrictions on flights by airlines from the Gulf States, the CEO of Qatar Airways Akbar Al Baker said. He reminded that trade is a "two-lane road", and said if the airlines does not get additional flights, Dutch companies "should not expect many commercial contracts" from Qatar government.
Air France and KLM have been working on a new governance structure for the joint airline, reports Volkskrant. The aim is to further integrate the two companies and reduce the power of the holding company Air France-KLM. The airline plans to appoint current board members of KLM to the Air France board and vice versa as a part of tightening the integration.
It seems that Air France and KLM splitting is no longer an unimaginable notion.
KLM has formally implemented a new cockpit rule that states that two people have to be in the cockpit at all times, the airline announced.
The head of KLM, Peter Elbers, should return the bonus he received last year, labour union FNV said this week. The union calls the bonus “incomprehensible” in light of cost savings made by the airline, reported De Telegraaf.
After months of negotiations, Dutch airline KLM finalized a deal with ground crew labour unions on a new collective bargaining agreement overnight. Leadership at the five trade unions will give their recommendations about the new contract before the full membership votes on its approval later this month, KLM said in a statement.
Reorganization at Martinair Cargo, a freight division of Air France-KLM, will lead to the elimination of 330 filled jobs, the parent company announced at a Schiphol press conference on Monday.
Air France-KLM will not be transferring any jobs from the KLM office in Amstelveen to its own headquarters in Paris. CEO Alexandre de Juniac issued this guarantee during a conversation with State Secretary Wilma Mansveld (Infrastructure) at a summit in Paris, the Volkskrant reports.
The Dutch government has emphasized that airline KLM must remain in sufficiently autonomous from the government to avoid a conflict of interest arising from the development of Schiphol Airport.