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Air France to cut 6,560 jobs by the end of 2022

Air France made this announcement:

Air France and HOP! on July 3 presented the staff representatives with their strategic orientations and the prospects for adapting the workforce following the COVID-19 crisis which has hit the Group hard.

For three months, Air France’s activity and revenue fell by 95%, and at the height of the crisis, the airline was losing 15 million euros per day. Recovery looks set to be very slow due to the uncertainties regarding the health situation, the lifting of travel restrictions and changing commercial demand. In this way, even on the basis of ambitious recovery assumptions, Air France predicts that it will not see the same level of activity as in 2019 before 2024.

The support of the French State, in the form of guaranteed loans amounting to 7 billion euros, will enable the Group to withstand the crisis in the short term and is accompanied by strong commitments to ensure its sustainability. Air France must accelerate its transformation to regain its competitiveness and strengthen its leading position in terms of sustainable transition.

In the context of such a lasting decline in activity, the Air France Group must act with lucidity and responsibility. Its transformation is mainly based on changing its domestic business model, reorganizing its support functions and continuing to reduce its external and internal costs.

For Air France, predictions of staff requirements show a reduction of 6,560 jobs by the end of 2022 out of a current total of 41,000. The many natural departures expected over this period (more than 3,500) will make it possible to compensate more than half of these job reductions thanks to a favourable age pyramid.

 

For HOP! the resizing of activity and the restructuring of the company linked in particular to the simplification of the fleet will lead to a reduction of 1,020 jobs over the next three years out of the current 2,420. Taking into account the estimated number of natural departures, the overstaffing figure remains at around 820 at the end of 2022.

Air France and HOP! are working together with the unions to implement plans that give priority to voluntary departures, early retirement arrangements and professional and geographical mobility. Solidarity within the Air France Group will also be implemented with proposals for internal job offers to all employees whose position will no longer exist and who do not wish to be included in the departure plan.

Air France and HOP! will conduct these processes in a spirit of dialogue, and with responsibility and transparency around the challenges of rebuilding the Air France Group.

This reconstruction plan will be presented at the end of July, together with the plan for the Air France-KLM Group.

Air France aircraft photo gallery:

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Air France bids farewell to the last Air France A380 flight

Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJH (msn 099) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946095.

Air France today operated a special local flight in France for invited guests from Paris (CDG) of the Airbus A380. Although not a revenue flight, the airline is touting the special flight as a final salute and flight of the AF Airbus A380:

72 meters long, 24 meters high and with a wingspan of 79 meters, the A380 bids its final farewell, 11 years after its first flight sporting the Air France colors.

Friday, June 26, 2020, 11 years after its flight flight sporting the Air France colors, the A380 bids a final farewell during its last flight from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Bye-bye big bird!

Note: The special flight departed and arrived back at CDG Airport after a trip to the south of France. It was operated with the pictured F-HPJH.

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJH (msn 099) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946095.

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For the record, the actual last regular A380 revenue flight was flight AF995 between Johannesburg and Paris (CDG) on March 24, 2020 with F-HPJF.

Air France slide show:

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Air France to serve close to 150 destinations this summer (80% of normal)

Air France has made this announcement:

As air traffic picks up, Air France is gradually reinforcing its flight schedule for summer 2020.

By the end of June, the flight schedule will represent 20% of the capacity usually deployed over this period. Subject to the lifting of travel restrictions, the gradual increase in the number of frequencies and destinations will continue, reaching 35% of the flight schedule initially planned in July and 40% in August.

Air France plans to serve close to 150 destinations, i.e. 80% of its usual network, with priority given to strengthening its domestic network. Several routes will resume between Paris and the French regions, as well as inter-regional routes, particularly to and from Corsica. The number of services will also be increased to the French overseas departments and territories, as well as to Europe, mainly to Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal.

Long-haul services will gradually resume on a large part of the network, both for passenger and cargo transport, which is particularly buoyant.

The flight schedule will be operated by 106 of the 224 aircraft in the Air France fleet.

We can see that people need to travel again and will gradually be resuming services to 150 destinations in France, Europe and the rest of the world this summer. After this difficult period, we are delighted to be welcoming our customers back on board, so that they can travel this summer and be reunited with their loved ones. All Air France staff, both on the ground and on board, are committed to guaranteeing our passengers the highest levels of health & safety, said Air France CEO Anne Rigail.

 

Flight schedule for July and August 2020 to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Metropolitan France Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Calvi, Clermont Ferrand, Figari, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Pau, Perpignan, Rennes, Toulon, Toulouse
French overseas departments & territories, Caribbean & Indian Ocean Antananarivo, Cayenne, Fort de France, Havana, Mauritius, Papeete, Pointe à Pitre, Saint-Denis de La Réunion, Santo Domingo, Saint Martin
Europe Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Belgrade, Bergen, Berlin, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Cork, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Heraklion, Ibiza, Krakow, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Malaga, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Mykonos, Naples, Newcastle, Nuremberg, Olbia, Oslo, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Prague, Rome, Santorini, Seville, Sofia, Split, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Tel Aviv, Thessaloniki, Turin, Valencia, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb, Zurich
Middle East Beirut, Dubai, Cairo
Africa Conakry, Cotonou, Djerba, Douala, Nouakchott, Tunis, Yaoundé

+ other destinations subject to obtaining the required government authorization.

North America Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Toronto
South America Panama City, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paulo
Asia Bangalore, Bangkok, Bombay (Mumbai), Delhi, Hong Kong, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo

 

Flight schedule for July and August 2020 to and from Paris-Orly

Metropolitan France Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, Figari

 

The flight schedule from the French regions, the days of operation and the resumption date of the various routes can be consulted online at airfrance.com.

This flight schedule is subject to change and remains subject to obtaining the required government authorization. It will take into account the current health & hygiene measures in the various countries or destinations served.

Updating the flight schedule will result in the cancellation of bookings for flights that are not operated. Commercial measures, which can be consulted online at airfrance.com and at all sales points, will enable the customers concerned to postpone their trip free of charge or to cancel it, by requesting a bonus voucher or a ticket refund.

Before travelling, Air France recommends its customers contact the relevant authorities to check the entry and travel requirements for their destination and transit countries, which may have changed due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Air France reminds customers that surgical masks must be worn on all its flights and that temperature checks are carried out prior to boarding. Daily aircraft cleaning operations have been stepped up and a specific procedure for the regular disinfection of cabins with an approved virucidal spray has been introduced.

Air France to serve close to 150 destinations this summer

Air France has made this announcement:

As air traffic picks up, Air France is gradually reinforcing its flight schedule for summer 2020.

By the end of June, the flight schedule will represent 20% of the capacity usually deployed over this period. Subject to the lifting of travel restrictions, the gradual increase in the number of frequencies and destinations will continue, reaching 35% of the flight schedule initially planned in July and 40% in August.

Air France plans to serve close to 150 destinations, i.e. 80% of its usual network, with priority given to strengthening its domestic network. Several routes will resume between Paris and the French regions, as well as inter-regional routes, particularly to and from Corsica. The number of services will also be increased to the French overseas departments and territories, as well as to Europe, mainly to Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal.

Long-haul services will gradually resume on a large part of the network, both for passenger and cargo transport, which is particularly buoyant.

The flight schedule will be operated by 106 of the 224 aircraft in the Air France fleet.

“We can see that people need to travel again and will gradually be resuming services to 150 destinations in France, Europe and the rest of the world this summer. After this difficult period, we are delighted to be welcoming our customers back on board, so that they can travel this summer and be reunited with their loved ones. All Air France staff, both on the ground and on board, are committed to guaranteeing our passengers the highest levels of health & safety“, said Air France CEO Anne Rigail.

 

Flight schedule for July and August 2020 to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Metropolitan France Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Calvi, Clermont Ferrand, Figari, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Pau, Perpignan, Rennes, Toulon, Toulouse
French overseas departments & territories, Caribbean & Indian Ocean Antananarivo, Cayenne, Fort de France, Havana, Mauritius, Papeete, Pointe à Pitre, Saint-Denis de La Réunion, Santo Domingo, Saint Martin
Europe Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Bergen, Berlin, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Cagliari, Catania, Copenhagen, Cork, Dublin, Dubrovnik, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Heraklion, Ibiza, Krakow, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Mykonos, Naples, Newcastle, Nuremberg, Olbia, Oslo, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Prague, Rome, Santorini, Seville, Split, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tbilisi, Thessaloniki, Turin, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Yerevan, Zagreb, Zurich
Middle East Beirut, Dubai, Cairo
Africa Conakry, Cotonou, Douala, Nouakchott, Tunis, Yaoundé

 

+ other destinations subject to obtaining the required government authorization.

North America Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Toronto
South America Panama City, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paulo
Asia Bangalore, Bangkok, Bombay (Mumbai), Delhi, Hong Kong, Osaka, Seoul,

Singapore, Tokyo

 

Flight schedule for July and August 2020 to and from Paris-Orly

Metropolitan France Ajaccio, Bastia, Calvi, Figari

 

The flight schedule from the French regions, the days of operation and the resumption date of the various routes can be consulted online at airfrance.com.

This flight schedule is subject to change and remains subject to obtaining the required government authorization. It will take into account the current health & hygiene measures in the various countries or destinations served.

Updating the flight schedule will result in the cancellation of bookings for flights that are not operated. Commercial measures, which can be consulted online at airfrance.com and at all sales points, will enable the customers concerned to postpone their trip free of charge or to cancel it, by requesting a bonus voucher or a ticket refund.

Before travelling, Air France recommends its customers contact the relevant authorities to check the entry and travel requirements for their destination and transit countries, which may have changed due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Air France reminds customers that surgical masks must be worn on all its flights and that temperature checks are carried out prior to boarding. Daily aircraft cleaning operations have been stepped up and a specific procedure for the regular disinfection of cabins with an approved virucidal spray has been introduced.

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Air France retires its Airbus A380 fleet

Type Retired: March 24, 2020 (flight AF995 JNB-CDG with F-HPJF)

Air France today made this announcement concerning its nine stored Airbus A380-800s:

In the context of the current COVID-19 crisis and its impact on anticipated activity levels, the Air France-KLM Group announces on May 20, 2020 the definitive end of Air France Airbus A380 operations.

Initially scheduled by the end of 2022, the phase-out of Airbus A380 fleet fits in the Air France-KLM Group fleet simplification strategy of making the fleet more competitive, by continuing its transformation with more modern, high-performance aircraft with a significantly reduced environmental footprint.

Five of the Airbus A380 aircraft in the current fleet are owned by Air France or on finance lease, while four are on operating lease. The global impact of the Airbus A380 phase-out write down is estimated at 500 million euros and will be booked in the second quarter of 2020 as a non-current cost/expenses.

Airbus A380 will be replaced by new generation aircraft, including Airbus A350 and Boeing 787, whose deliveries are ongoing.

Note for the record: The pictured F-HPJF (top) operated the last revenue flight (AF995 JNB-CDG) on March 24, 2020. The fleet has been in storage since then.

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A380-861 F-HPJF (msn 064) YUL (Ken Petersen). Image: 908293.

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Air France is progressively increasing its flight schedule

Air France has made this announcement:

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, Air France has been adapting its network and flight schedule in real-time in line with travel restrictions and demand. Since end-March and at the present time, Air France is operating between 3 and 5% of its usual schedule, with a focus on maintaining a service to the French regions and links with key destinations in Europe and worldwide, to both transport passengers and goods. In this capacity, Air France currently serves 43 destinations.

Between now and the end of June and subject to travel restrictions being lifted, Air France plans to gradually resume its flights, with a gradual increase in the number of frequencies and destinations, especially to/from metropolitan France, the French Overseas Departments, and Europe.

This flight schedule will be equivalent to 15% of the capacities usually deployed at this time of year and will be operated by 75 aircraft in the Air France fleet, which comprises 224 aircraft.

To assist its customers as traffic picks up again, Air France regularly adapts its flight schedule and updates it daily across all distribution channels. As of May 18, 2020, the flight schedule is up to date until June 30, 2020.

Flight schedule at 30 June 2020 to/from Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Metropolitan France
Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Calvi, Clermont-Ferrand, Figari, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, Pau, Perpignan, Toulon, Toulouse

French Overseas Departments and Caribbean
Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Denis de La Réunion, Saint-Martin (cargo only)

Europe
Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Bergen, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Hanover, Heraklion, Ibiza, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Naples, Newcastle, Oslo, Palma de Mallorca, Porto, Prague, Rome, Stockholm, Warsaw, Venice, Vienna, Yerevan, Zurich

Middle East
Bangalore, Beirut, Bombay, Delhi, Dubai, Cairo

Africa
Abidjan (cargo only), Bamako (cargo only), Cotonou, Douala, Yaoundé
+ Conakry and Nouakchott, only for sale to Paris CDG.
+ other destinations subject to obtaining necessary governmental authorizations.

North America
Atlanta, Boston (cargo only), Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal

South America
Panama City (cargo only), Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Asia
Bangkok (cargo only), Ho Chi Minh City (cargo only), Hong Kong, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai (cargo only), Singapore, Tokyo

(1/7) = number of weekly flights


Flight schedule at June 30, 2020 to/from Lyon-St. Exupéry

Metropolitan France
Biarritz, Bordeaux, Brest, Caen, Lille, Nantes, Nice, Pau, Rennes, Strasbourg, Toulouse

This flight schedule is likely to change and remains subject to obtaining the necessary governmental authorizations. Days of operation and the resumption date of these different services can be consulted at airfrance.com

Details of the flight schedule for the months of July and August will be published at the beginning of June 2020.

This updated flight schedule implies the cancellation of bookings for flights that will not be operated. Commercial measures available for consultation on airfrance.com and at all points of sale allow concerned customers to reschedule or cancel their trip at no extra cost.

Prior to travelling, Air France encourages its customers to contact the competent authorities for information on the formalities for entering and residing in their countries of destination and transit, as these are likely to have been modified following the COVID-19 epidemic.

Air France reminds that wearing a face mask is compulsory on all its flights and that temperature checks have been implemented on departure of each flight.

Air France aircraft photo gallery:

Air France implements temperature checks on departure

Air France Boeing 777-228 ER F-GSPX (msn 32698) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 949941.

Air France has made this announcement:

From May 11, 2020 and to ensure the highest level of health and safety, Air France will progressively implement temperature checks on departure from all its flights. These systematic checks will be carried out with contactless infrared thermometers.

A body temperature below 38°C will be required to travel. Customers whose temperature is higher than this may be denied boarding and their reservation will be changed at no extra charge on a flight at a later date.

On May 11, 2020, the wearing of masks will also be made compulsory on all flights operated by Air France, in application of the French directive on the wearing of masks on public transport.

Customers will be notified of these new measures via all communication channels (e-mail, sms, websites) prior to their departure.

These measures are in addition to those implemented by Air France and its partners in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, which include:

  • The compulsory wearing of masks for all crew members and agents in contact with customers,
  • The modification of customer channels at the airport, with the application of physical distancing measures throughout the airport and the installation, where possible, of Plexiglas protection screens at airports,
  • The implementation of physical distancing on board where possible. On almost all flights, the current low load factors make it possible to separate customers as required. In cases where this is not possible, requiring all passengers and crew to wear masks ensures adequate health protection.
  • The reinforcement of daily aircraft cleaning procedures, with the disinfection of all surfaces in contact with customers such as armrests, tables and screens,
  • The introduction of a specific procedure for disinfecting aircraft by spraying an approved virucidal product with an effective duration of ten days,
  • Adapting in-flight service to limit interaction between customers and crew members. On domestic flights and short flights in Europe, meal and beverage services have been suspended. On long-haul flights, cabin service is limited and preference is given to individually wrapped products.

In addition, the air in the cabin is renewed every 3 minutes. The air recycling system on board Air France aircraft is equipped with “High Efficiency Particulate Air” or HEPA filters, identical to those used in hospital operating theatres. These filters extract more than 99.99% of the smallest viruses, including those no larger than 0.01 micrometres, thus ensuring that cabin air complies with quality standards. Coronavirus type viruses, ranging in size from 0.08 to 0.16 micrometres, are filtered through the HEPA filters.

CLEANING OF CABINS AND ACCESSORIES

We follow strict hygiene procedures to enhance your safety. Before each and every departure, our aircrafts are thoroughly cleaned, including:
– Vacuuming of carpets and all seats.
– Cleaning of all hard surfaces (e.g. tablets, armrests, screens, remote controls and toilets) with approved disinfectants
– Systematic changing of blankets, sealed under protective plastic film packaging for optimal hygiene
– Since the outbreak of the virus, cushions have been removed on short and medium-haul flights.
On long-haul flights to and from high-risk areas, cushions are cleaned between each flight with an approved disinfectant.

DISINFECTION OF CABINS

In order to provide you with the highest level of safety, we have put in place additional hygiene protocols. All aircraft originating from high-risk countries are completely disinfected using approved cleaning sprays.

 

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Air France reminds passengers that the health and safety of its customers and staff is an absolute priority. All the airline’s teams are fully mobilized to ensure the highest levels of health and safety for its customers and to ensure they travel in complete confidence.

Top Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 777-228 ER F-GSPX (msn 32698) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 949941.

Air France aircraft slide show:

Air France-KLM reports on the first quarter

Air France-KLM Group issued this report on the first quarter 2020:


Operating result at -815 million euros, strongly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis

A strong performance at the start of the year with passenger unit revenue up +0.8% end of February 2020. March 2020 however was strongly impacted by the expansion of the virus and consequential globally imposed travel restrictions to counter the spread of the Covid-19 virus. This influenced negatively the first quarter 2020 results:

  •   Revenue at 5,020 million euros, down 922 million compared to last year
  •   Unit cost at constant currency and fuel reduced by 1.6% end of February 2020, and then up 3.5%

    end of March 2020

  •   Operating result at -815 million euros, down 529 million euros compared to last year, entirely

    caused by March 2020 with an operating result at -560 million euros1

  •   Net income at -1,801 million euros, including Covid-19 related over hedging -455 million euros,

    release of deferred tax assets -173 million euros and impairment of Boeing 747 aircraft -21 million

    euros

  •   Net debt/EBITDA ratio at 1.8x, compared to 1.5x at the end of 2019

    RAPID RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

  •   Implementation of the highest sanitary safety standards for frontline operation staff, crew and customers to counter virus transmission risks. The Group operated special flights for repatriation of citizens, setup of an “air bridge” fore essential medical supplies, in close cooperation with the French and Dutch governments and is maintaining the essential links with territories
  •   Swift adjustments in network and capacity, March 2020 capacity down 35% and around 95% of planned capacity to be suspended for the second quarter 2020
  •   Quick and effective cash protection measures implemented, costs reduced by 500 million euros on 2020, Capex reduced to 2.4 billion euros for 2020 and positive impact of partial activity implementation and crew variable pay reduction estimated at 350 million euros per month in the second quarter 2020
  •   Liquidity injections of 7 billion euros benefiting to Air France through a bank loan guaranteed by the French state and a direct shareholder loan from the French state. Ongoing discussions with the Dutch state concerning KLM support
  •   As an integral part of the financing packages the Group will build a new transformation plan to ensure economic and financial sustainability over the medium and long term with integration of new ambitious environmental goals. This new plan will be communicated in summer 2020.

    OUTLOOK

    High level of uncertainty on the duration of the Covid-19 crisis and impact on the macro-economic environment. The Group withdraws its earlier 2020 guidance elements.The Group now anticipates:

    •   Progressive lifting of border restrictions in 2020, enabling a slow capacity resumption in Summer 2020, with capacity for the second and third quarter 2020 around respectively -95% and -80% compared to previous year
    •   A prolonged negative impact on passenger demand, not expected to recover to pre-crisis levels before several years
    •   A fleet repositioning including structural capacity reduction of at least -20% in 2021 compared to pre-crisis 2019 level

      The Group foresees significantly negative EBITDA in full year 2020 and a significantly higher current operating income loss in the second quarter than in the first quarter 2020.

7 May 2020

Air France-KLM Group

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First Quarter

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2020 Change

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Passengers (thousands)
Passenger Unit revenue per ASK2 (€ cts) Operating result (€m)
Net income – Group part (€m)
Adj. operating free cash flow (€m)
Net debt at end of period (€m)

18,111 5.80 -815 -1,801 -825 6,584

-20.1% -6.9% -529 -1,477 -1,066 437

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1 2019 results restated for LLP componentization accounting change and EU passenger compensation reclassification between revenues and external expenses
2 Passenger unit revenue is the aggregate of Passenger network and Transavia unit revenues, change at constant currency

 

The Board of Directors of Air France-KLM, chaired by Anne-Marie Couderc, met on 6 May 2020 to approve the financial statements for the first quarter 2020.
Benjamin Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Air France-KLM Group, said: “The Air France-KLM Group had a promising start to the first quarter in line with the objectives of the strategic plan presented in November 2019. However, the acceleration of the Covid-19 crisis in March had a strong impact on the Group’s first quarter results. I would like to thank our teams for their exceptional mobilization in this unprecedented crisis. The Air France-KLM Group has adapted rapidly, by implementing health safety measures essential to our staff and customers, reducing our costs to preserve our liquidity, continuously adjusting our flight schedule, and the many repatriation flights and flights to transport medical equipment. Uncertainties remain regarding the evolution of Covid-19 and we must be cautious in the assumptions of recovery in the coming months. Nevertheless, the commitment to financial support of the French and Dutch governments to our Group, as well as that our banking partners participating in these schemes, is a strong testimony of their confidence in our ability to weather this crisis and rebuild. We are working on a renewal plan to ensure that the Air France-KLM Group regains its competitiveness in a deeply shaken world and reaffirms its leadership in the sustainable transition of air transport. These new orientations will be presented in the coming months.”

Air France to require face masks from May 11

Air France has made this announcement:

In line with French instructions making the wearing of a mask compulsory on public transport, Air France will ask its customers to wear a mask throughout their journey as from 11 May 2020.

Customers will be notified of this via all communication channels (e-mail, sms, websites) prior to their departure and will be asked to ensure they possess one or more masks for their trip.

This is in addition to the measures implemented by Air France and its partners in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, which include:

  • The compulsory wearing of masks for all crew members and agents in contact with customers,
  • The modification of customer channels on the ground with the implementation of physical distancing along the customer journey at the airport and the installation of Plexiglas protection screens at airports each time it is possible,
  • The implementation of physical distancing on board where possible. On most flights, the current low load factors make it possible to separate customers as required. In cases where this is not possible, requiring all passengers and crew to wear masks ensures adequate health protection.
  • The reinforcement of daily aircraft cleaning procedures, with the disinfection of all surfaces in contact with customers such as armrests, tables and screens,
  • The introduction of a specific procedure for the periodic disinfecting aircraft by spraying an approved virucidal product effective for 10 days,
  • Adapting in-flight service to limit interaction between customers and crew members. On domestic flights and short flights in Europe, meal and beverage services have been suspended. On long-haul flights, cabin service is limited and preference is given to individually wrapped products.

​In addition, the air in the cabin is renewed every 3 minutes. The air recycling system on board Air France aircraft is equipped with “High Efficiency Particulate Air” or HEPA filters, identical to those used in hospital operating theatres. These filters extract more than 99.99% of the smallest viruses, including those no larger than 0.01 micrometres, thus ensuring that cabin air complies with quality standards. Coronavirus type viruses, ranging in size from 0.08 to 0.16 micrometres, are filtered through the HEPA filters.

Air France reminds passengers that the health and safety of its customers and staff is an absolute priority. All the airline’s teams are fully mobilized to ensure the highest levels of health and safety for its customers and to ensure they travel in complete confidence.

European Commission approves French plans to provide €7 billion in urgent liquidity support to Air France

The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €7 billion French aid measure consisting of a State guarantee on loans and a shareholder loan to Air France to provide urgent liquidity to the company in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The measures were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on March 19, 2020, as amended on April 3, 2020, and directly based on Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), respectively.

Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said:

“The aviation industry is important in terms of jobs and connectivity. In the context of the coronavirus outbreak, Air France has also been playing an essential role in the repatriation of citizens and for the transport of medical equipment. This €7 billion French guarantee and shareholder loan will provide Air France with the liquidity that it urgently needs to withstand the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. We have cooperated closely with France, as with many other Member States, to ensure that public support to tackle the current crisis can be put in place as quickly and effectively as possible, in line with EU rules. France has also announced plans for certain green policy choices as regards Air France. Good. Member States are free to design measures in line with their policy objectives and EU rules.”

Air France aircraft photo gallery: