Air France is moving to get tough with unions, warning that it will restructure long-haul operations and cut about 10 aircraft from its fleet if negotiations go the wrong way.
The airline is demanding productivity gains and says it will cut back capacity on inter-continental routes by 10% over two years unless it gets them. Any move like that would cause a lot of job cuts. Bloomberg is quoting Frederic Gagey, who heads the Paris-based unit of Air France-KLM Group, confirming the carrier’s hardline stance.
Gagey alluded to other carriers having taken similar harsh action. In the early 2000s, British Airways used capacity cuts to similar effect, and Iberia (which now shares a parent company with BA) has since done likewise.
The airline sees ground staff as the main problem, rather than pilots or cabin crew, reportedly.
Gagey indicated any long-haul cutbacks could compromise planned introduction of the latest B787 Dreamliners,
Written by William Sykes