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Air France and QANTAS Airways renew partnership to offer customers more travel options between France and Australia

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Air France has made this announcement:

QANTAS Airways and Air France customers will now have more options to travel between Europe and Australia via Asia following a renewed codeshare agreement between the two carriers.(2)

Available for booking from June 5 for travel from July 20, 2018, Air France will add its code to QANTAS flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Air France customers will also be able to access codeshare services from Sydney to five cities on the Australian airline’s domestic network including Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin.

Under the reciprocal deal, QANTAS will add its code to flights operated by Air France between Singapore and Hong Kong and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, as a continuation of flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

The new agreement will see the two airlines codeshare on a total of more than 200(1) flights per week.

Customers will benefit from more seamless travel experiences with single ticket itineraries and through-checked baggage as well as the opportunity to earn points on the new codeshare services.

Air France eligible customers(3) will also be able to access Qantas lounges in Hong Kong, Singaporeand Australia, as well as Qantas eligible customers to Air France lounges in Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Patrick Alexandre, EVP Commercial Sales and Alliances at Air France-KLM, said: “We are very pleased to be re-establishing a partnership with Qantas. Thanks to this agreement, the Air France-KLM group will be able to offer one of the best possible travel solutions for its customers from Europe to Australia. It will also deliver a better travel experience for our Business customers, with connections in Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world. This new cooperation confirms our group’s desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Alison Webster, CEO of QANTAS International, added: “This is great news for our customers who want to travel to Europe via Asia, giving them another option to get to Paris and more opportunities to earn Frequent Flyer Points. The return of this popular codeshare delivers on our strategy of partnering to provide customers with access to an expanded network and more seamless travel experiences wherever they want to fly.”  

Flight schedules (in local time) operated by Air France in July-October 2018:

AF256: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 20:50, arrives in Singapore at 15:45 the following day;
AF257: leaves Singapore at 22:35, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 6:00 the following day.
A daily flight

AF188: leaves Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 23:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:35 the following day;
AF185: leaves Hong Kong at 22:50, arrives at Paris-Charles de Gaulle at 5:55 the following day.
A daily flight

Daily flight schedules (in local time) operated by Qantas in July-October 2018:

QF002: leaves Singapore at 19:30, arrives in Sydney at 5:10 the following day;
QF082: leaves Singapore at 21:10, arrives in Sydney at 7:00 the following day;
QF036: leaves Singapore at 20:15, arrives in Melbourne at 5:35 the following day;
QF052: leaves Singapore at 20:40, arrives in Brisbane at 6:05 the following day;
QF072: leaves Singapore at 18:40, arrives in Perth at 23:55.

QF081: leaves Sydney at 10:15, arrives in Singapore at 16:50;
QF035: leaves Melbourne at 11:55, arrives in Singapore at 17:55;
QF051: leaves Brisbane at 12:00, arrives in Singapore at 18:15;
QF071: leaves Perth at 11:50, arrives in Singapore at 17:20.

QF128: leaves Hong Kong at 20:00, arrives in Sydney at 6:55 the following day;
QF118: leaves Hong Kong at 23:25, arrives in Sydney at 10:50 the following day;
QF030: leaves Hong Kong at 20:10, arrives in Melbourne at 7:35 the following day;
QF098: leaves Hong Kong at 20:15, arrives in Brisbane at 7:05 the following day.

QF127: leaves Sydney at 10:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00;
QF029: leaves Melbourne at 9:35, arrives in Hong Kong at 17:20;
QF097: leaves Brisbane at 10:45, arrives in Hong Kong at 18:00.

Note:

(1)   Subject to seasonal variation

(2)   Subject to government and regulatory approvals

(3)   Business Class customers, Qantas Frequent Flyer loyalty programme Platinum One, Platinum and Gold Traveling members as well as Air France-KLM’s Flying Blue loyalty program Club 2000, Platinum and Gold members

 

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Australia (QANTAS Airways) Boeing 737-838 WL VH-XZP (msn 44577) “James Strong” SYD (John Adlard). Image: 940843.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939729.

Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939729.

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Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic sign definitive agreements to strengthen trans-Atlantic partnership

Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-VNEW (msn 40956) "Birthday Girl"  LHR (SPA). Image: 941875.

Air France-KLM, Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Limited on May 15, 2018 signed definitive agreements paving the way forward for their expanded trans-Atlantic joint venture:

  • The Joint Venture Agreement signed between Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic sets out the governance as well as the commercial and operational terms of the expanded trans-Atlantic Joint Venture.
  • Upon completion, Air France-KLM will acquire a 31 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic currently held by Virgin Group for £220 million.
  • Virgin Group will retain a 20 percent stake and Chairmanship of Virgin Atlantic.
  • Delta will retain its 49 percent stake.

Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic will now coordinate efforts to secure the appropriate regulatory approvals.

The airlines’ expanded joint venture will become the preferred choice for customers travelling across the Atlantic offering the most comprehensive route network, convenient flight schedules, competitive fares and reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, including the ability to earn and redeem miles across all carriers. Customers will also benefit from the co-location of facilities at key hub airports to improve connectivity and access to each carrier’s airport lounges for premium passengers.

The signed agreements are all subject to regulatory approvals.

Copyright Photo: Once finalized, Virgin Atlantic will have a new ownership structure. Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner G-VNEW (msn 40956) “Birthday Girl” LHR (SPA). Image: 941875.

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Reuters: Air France-KLM CEO quits after staff reject his pay deal

Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRXC (msn 1677) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941674.

From Reuters:

Air France-KLM CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac said on Friday he would resign after staff rejected a pay deal, plunging the airline into turmoil amid a wave of strikes at its French brand that has cost the company 300 million euros ($359 million).

In the job for less than two years, Janaillac had been battling to cut costs at the French national carrier to keep up with competition from Gulf carriers and low-cost airlines. But he ran into the same union resistance as his predecessor, raising questions over the airline’s capacity to reform.

Janaillac said he would resign in the days ahead after more than half of the staff at Air France who cast a ballot voted against the offer of a 7 percent increase over four years.

“This is an enormous mess that will only put a smile on the faces of our competitors,” Janaillac told a news conference.

He said he hoped his departure would spark “a more acute collective awareness” before leaving without taking questions.

Unions said they would stick with plans to strike on May 7 and May 8.

Air France previously issued this statement on April 26 about the pending strikes:

Three pilot unions last night announced another 4 days of strike action in early May (on May 3-4, then May 7-8), deliberately ignoring the staff consultation launched today and following the extreme positions of some of these unions’ leaders.

By making this decision to launch additional strikes, bringing the total number of days of strike action to 15, they are choosing to put the company’s economic situation even more at risk and further increase the risk of deeply damaging our customers’ trust and loyalty.

 

I would once again like to apologize to all our customers affected by these strikes which are all the more incomprehensible as the staff consultation on the proposed pay agreement has been open since this morning. I have complete faith in the desire of Air France staff to put an end to this destructive situation for our airline” said Air France Chairman Jean-Marc Janaillac.

Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRXC (msn 1677) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941674.

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Air France to go to summer-only Joon service to Iran

From Reuters:

Air France is cutting its Joon subsidiary’s service between Paris and Tehran to the summer season only, blaming a poor economic performance over two years in operation.

“Air France has decided to adapt its program to better match demand,” a spokeswoman said by email, adding that the decision would take effect from October 28.

Joon operates the Airbus A340-300 on this route.

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Air France offers a new contract to its striking unions, only until Friday

Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939781.

Air France has issued this statement:

On April 10, 2018, Air France management offered the representative unions the launch of multi-year pay negotiations (2019-2021) in order to find a solution to the continuing conflict.

The negotiations (1), launched on Thursday April 12, resumed on April 16 at 9am. At the end of three days of talks and to put an end to this conflict, Air France management assumed its responsibilities by proposing a final agreement for signature up to Friday April 20, 2018 at midday.

This final draft agreement ensures general salary increases for 2018 (an additional measure), 2019, 2020 and 2021, within the framework of a “growth pact” for the future.

It includes proposals that are both strong and economically sustainable:

  • For 2018:
    • an additional pay increase of 1%, bringing the overall increase to 2% at April 1, 2018
    • this additional increase of 1% is accompanied by a minimum threshold of 25 euros per month.
  • For 2019, 2020 and 2021:
    • a general wage increase of 5% over the period (1.65% per year), guaranteed under the growth pact
    • This increase of 1.65% per year is accompanied by a minimum threshold of 40 euros per month.

With this agreement, salaries would increase, on average over the period, by 12.5% (including a general increase of 7% for all categories of staff as well as individual increases and the sliding seniority and skills pay scale).

This “growth pact” includes plans to adapt the increase in case Air France’s financial result is less than 200 million euros and to apply a reversion clause in case of higher inflation or a negative financial result.

It provides a positive and long-term answer to wage expectations while preserving the continued investment necessary for the company’s growth.

The continuing strike action is having serious consequences for the company, its customers and staff. It is financially destructive for the airline and its staff and is putting the company’s future in danger. The estimated cost of these strikes, including 17 and 18 April, is 220 million euros.

Continuing this conflict and rejecting this particularly favourable agreement proposal for Air France staff would represent a grave responsibility towards the entire company and its customers.

  1. The negotiations are taking place, in accordance with the Law, with the representative unions. However, the SNPL, SPAF and CGT have welcomed into their delegation, as the law allows, employees who are members of the non-representative unions SUD, ALTER, SNGAF and CFTC

Meanwhile today, the fight schedule for today, Tuesday 17 April 2018, is operating according to forecast.

For tomorrow, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Air France plans to operate 70% of its flights:

  • 70 % of its long-haul flights;
  • 55 % of its medium-haul flights on departure to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle;
  • 80 % of its short-haul flights, Paris-Orly and French provinces.

In view of a percentage of staff on strike, subject to the Diard law and expected to work on April 18, 2018, estimated at:

  • 31.1 % of pilots;
  • 22.4 % of cabin crew;
  • 13.8 % of ground staff.

Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner F-HRBD (msn 42487) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 939781.

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Air France management offers representative unions a multi-year deal on pay negotiations

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Air France issued this statement:

On April 11, 2018, Air France and its customers are facing a 7th day of strike action over the past 6 weeks.

Although constituting minority actions on a company-wide scale, these strikes are nonetheless causing severe commercial and operational impact, and destroying the company’s image and results. They are putting great strains on the teams at work, who are dealing with dissatisfied and disappointed customers, and stirring up internal tensions.

From the outset of the strikes, Air France management has explained its reasoning behind the significant pay and profit-sharing measures applied in 2018, and has underlined the risks the company would run if it were to increase its costs massively and abruptly, in a context of increased competition. It can only deplore that the negotiation proposals put forward have been rejected to date.

In a spirit of dialogue and responsibility, Air France management has invited the unions to participate in a multi-year pay negotiation (2019-2021). This negotiation, which will take place on an inter-category basis in line with union demands, will lead to a genuine “growth pact”. The multi-year scope will allow us to offer a response to the demands expressed and adopt a timeframe for implementing measures that the company is unable to apply abruptly.

In order to resolve this conflict, as part of this negotiation, management will offer to apply some of the forthcoming measures as from 1st April 2018 by increasing pay scales by 1%, resulting in a 2% pay scale increase for 2018.

This negotiation will begin on Thursday, April 12, and we propose that it takes place without interruption until an agreement open to signature is reached. With this proposal, management calls on unions to suspend the conflict while this negotiation takes place.

Moreover, the negotiation underway with the pilot unions over the past two weeks will continue around specific pilot themes, within a balanced framework allowing to guarantee the growth dynamic to which we are committed.

Copyright Photo: Air France Boeing 777-328 ER F-GZND (msn 35543) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 902719.

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Air France updates the strike actions for tomorrow

Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHV (msn 1505) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935816.

Air France has advised on its planned operations for tomorrow:

On Friday March 30, 2018, Air France plans to operate 76% of its flights

  •          80% of its long-haul flights;
  •          70% of its medium-haul flights on departure to and from Paris-Charles de Gaulle;
  •          80% of its short-haul flights, Paris-Orly and French provinces.

In view of a percentage of staff on strike, subject to the Diard law and expected to work on March 30, 2018, estimated at –

  •          31.6% of pilots;
  •          28.3% of cabin crew;
  •          20.4% of ground staff.

The flight schedule is updated 24 hours in advance. Disruptions and delays are to be expected.
Air France regrets this situation and is making every effort to minimize the inconvenience this strike action may cause to its customers.

How to postpone your trip?

Regardless of their ticket type, Air France is offering all its customers reserved on an Air France operated flight on 30 March the opportunity to –

  • modify their ticket to reschedule their flight up to 5 April inclusive, free of charge, subject to available seats when changing their reservation.

Or

  • receive a voucher valid for one year on Air France or KLM to postpone their trip beyond 5 April, to change their destination or departure airport or to cancel their tickets –
    • at www.airfrance.com in the « Review / modify your reservations » section,  and on the Air France App,
    • via Twitter with #Airfrance on Facebook.com/airfrance, by calling the toll-free number: 0 800 240 260 (available from France or overseas departments) or +33 1 57 02 10 58 (from abroad), or from their usual retailer.
  • Customers whose flight is cancelled will receive a full refund at no extra cost.

Useful tips for travellers

Air France has the “AF Connect” service, which informs its customers directly and in 13 languages ​​all over the world on their mobile phone or by e-mail. To be notified personally by AF Connect, Air France invites customers to update their contact details (mobile number and/or e-mail) in their reservation file on the company’s website or in their Flying Blue profile. It is possible to consult and update these details at any time on this website in the “Review / modify your reservations” section and on our mobile websites.

Before going to the airport, customers are advised to check flight information, 24 hours before departure:
– www.airfrance.com, in the “Flight schedules” section
– the website mobile.airfrance.com
– the Air France app available on iPhone, Android, Windows Phone

Copyright Photo: Air France Airbus A319-111 F-GRHV (msn 1505) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 935816.

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