France is trying to curb Parliamentarians who are actively engaged in ensuring the interests of KLM. Frederic Gagey, head of the French branch of Air-France-KLM, wrote an opinion piece published in Het Financieele Dagblad in which he defends the company and responds to, according to him, the inaccurate perceptions about the company in Dutch media.
The managers of Air France-KLM have unanimously agreed that KLM will keep control of its cash. The airline made this announcement in a press statement.
The collective KLM resistance against conscription in Air-France, to alleviate pain in the central group, is causing frustration in Paris, De Telegraaf reports. "The French gamecocks lost face. They lick their wounds and prepare for a final offensive. If it escalates, an unworkable and unmanageable situation threatens."
KLM pilots have no confidence in Air France's promise that the control of finances will remain with KLM.
KLM has to deal with a half a billion euro loss because of the pilot strike of Air France. According to trade union De Unie, a stand-alone, with KLM continuing without Air France, is a possibility.
Air France pilots will back a planned expansion of Transavia after ongoing talks between Air France and union representation. Parent company Air France-KLM announced Thursday they will begin expansion of Transavia beginning next summer with up to 14 Boeing 737 airplanes, according to Z24
The head of the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, Camiel Eurlings, resigned overnight with immediate effect. Second-in-command Pieter Elbers took over for Eurlings, who lead KLM as President and CEO for four years, according to a KLM press release.
Air France-KLM is creating a new discount airline to compete with the likes of RyanAir and EasyJet, the union representing Air France's pilots told newspaper Le Parisien. The news comes a week after the union ended an impactful strike over cutbacks at Air France and the firm's investment in budget airline Transavia, a work action that grounded flights for two weeks in September and cost an estimated €400 million.
One month after Air France-KLM announced its intention to invest one billion euros into its budget subsidiary Transavia, French Secretary of State for Transport Alain Vidalies has announced the project's cancellation. The withdrawal comes in response to a sustained ten-day strike by Air France pilots, which stranded thousands of passengers as the airline suffered flight delays and cancellations.
Air France has been experiencing a pilot strike for a week now. The French government wants an end to the strikes, and is calling for a compromise, NU.nl reports.
The Air France pilot strike in Paris this week has cost the airline 60 percent of flights, which had to remain grounded. The French branch has lost between €30 and €40 million because of this over the last four days, says Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac.
More flight delays and cancellations are expected on French airports this week as the pilots' strike at the French airline escalate. KLM passengers may also be affected, De Telegraaf reports.
In protest against new reorganization plans from AirFrance-KLM, the French airline's pilots are threatening a strike lasting one week between the 15th and the 22nd of September in Paris. This would be the biggest pilots' strike since 1998, De Telegraaf reports.
Irish budget airline Ryanair has launched a business class service in a move to rehabilitate its image and respond to travelers' demands for better customer service. The Business Plus fare would give customers flexible tickets, more check-in baggage, priority boarding and access to premiums seating.
Sources inside budget airline Transavia say the Air France/KLM owned carrier is being transformed into a price fighter that can better compete with easyJet and Ryanair, De Telegraaf reports.
In response to the question whether companies such as Malaysia Airlines, KLM, Air France and Lufthansa took unnecessary risks by flying in dangerous airspace, the Royal Dutch Airlines has responded that they could not have come to another decision. De Telegraaf reports.
Despite unwelcoming market circumstances and heavy competition, Air France KLM has managed a light increase in turnover for the second quarter to €6.45 billion. Losses are also limited to €6 million.
Dutch airline KLM has instructed pilots to avoid Eastern Ukrainian airspace following the crash of a plane believed to be Malaysia Airlines flight 17. The Boeing 777 was allegedly brought down by a missile strike in the Donetsk region of the Ukraine in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
The aviation sector is voicing resistance against the plans to expand Lelystad's airport to accommodate budget and holiday traffic. KLM's top is also openly against the ideas for this regional airport.
Plans from the Air France KLM Group show that Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) has to cut spending by about €1 billion in the next three years, the Telegraaf reports.
Air France-KLM has suffered another loss this last quarter. The first quarter loss amounts to €608 million, which is a fraction less than last year's loss of €641 million.
KLM will this Summer be adding 2.6 percent more capacity than last year, the airline announced Wednesday.