Air France News
Air France to cut up to 1,500 jobs
Air France has said a “difficult economic environment”, including capacity cuts of 5%, would lead it to make 1,500 redundancies by October. But the airline reported a stabilising of passenger traffic in August.
Airbus to replace speed probes linked to Flight 447 disaster
European aviation-safety regulators have ordered carriers flying large Airbus aircraft to replace their pitot speed probes made by Thales with those made by Goodrich.
Air France-KLM brighter about revenue prospects
Air France-KLM has reported a 21% drop in revenue in the April-June quarter but said it expected an improvement in both passenger and cargo divisions in the current quarter.
Lufthansa take-over of Austrian hangs in the balance
Lufthansa’s take-over of Austrian Airlines remains up in the air after its chief executive Wolfgang Mayrhuber met with Europe’s top competition regulator last night to discuss the new concessions proposed by the German carrier.
BA to raise fresh capital
British Airways has asked investors to front extra funds as a safety net against a treble whammy of the credit crisis, swine flu, and the impending threat of cabin crew strike action, which it estimates could collectively burn £400 million in reserves.
Flight 447 hit ocean intact, says official report
Air France Flight 447 was intact when it hit the Atlantic Ocean, according to the first report released by the French accident bureau investigating the disaster in which all 228 onboard lost their lives.The Airbus A330 did not break up in flight, and neither was it in a nose or tail-down dive, according to investigators. A study of 660 pieces of debris showed that it had shattered only when it hit the sea belly-first.
Airbus long-haul fleet could be grounded
Airbus could be forced to ground its worldwide fleet of long-range aircraft tomorrow when accident investigators publish their first account on what caused Air France Flight 447 to crash off the coast of Brazil on 1 June.Experts believe that the French accident bureau will report that faulty speed data and electronics caused the Airbus 330 to stall during a tropical thunderstorm, killing 228 people.
Brazilian Air Force finds debris from plane
A search team from the Brazilian Air Force has discovered debris from an aircraft, including a passenger seat, thought to be from the wreckage of the Air France jet that disappeared on Monday.It has yet to be confirmed that the debris, found about 650km northeast of the Fernando do Noronha archipelago, was from flight AF 447, according to Brazilian Air Force spokesman Jorge Amaral.He said that officials needed “a piece that might have a serial number, some sort of identification” to be sure that it came from the missing airliner.
Search for Air France jet continues
Military planes and ships from France and Brazil are continuing their search for the wreckage of the missing Air France jet. All 228 people aboard are believed to have died when the Airbus 330 vanished after flying into a line of severe tropical storms at about 2am GMT yesterday.Air France said that the area of the likely crash had been narrowed down to a few dozen square miles midway between Brazil and northwest Africa.
Air France "loses hope" as jet with 228 onboard disappears
Fears for passengers are mounting after an Air France jet disappeared off the radar whilst flying off the coast of Brazil on Monday morning. It has not arrived in Paris, despite being scheduled to land there nearly three hours ago.Air traffic control lost contact with Airbus 3320-200 shortly after it had left Rio de Janeiro. It was carrying 216 passengers and 12 crew.
Air France KLM and Delta sign major deal
The Air France KLM Group and Delta Air Lines have announced a new long-term joint venture whereby the partners will jointly operate their trans-Atlantic business by coordinating operations and sharing revenues and costs of their trans-Atlantic route network.
Air France renews Air Seychelles deal
Air France and Air Seychelles have renewed a cooperation agreement. The new agreement covers a three-year period and replaces an agreement signed in 1997.