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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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Brussels Airlines grows by 13.4% in March

Brussels Airlines Airbus A319-111 OO-SSS (msn 2030) LHR (Ken Petersen). Image: 941515.

Brussels Airlines made this announcement:

In March, 778,175 passengers boarded a Brussels Airlines flight, which represents a 13.4% increase compared to the same month last year. Passenger growth was recorded across the entire network, leading to a 4.7 percentage point increase of the seat load factor.

Brussels Airlines closes March with growth. On board of the 6,390 flights that were operated during the past month, Brussels Airlines welcomed 778,175 passengers, or 91,876 more than in March 2017. The largest growth was recorded on the North American (+28.1%) and African sectors (+18.1%), followed by the European network (+10.8%) and the Middle East (+5.6%). The Asian growth is due to the fact that Brussels Airlines’ Mumbai route was opened on 30 March 2017 (comparison of 2 days of operations last year versus an entire month this year). On the European network the growth was mainly achieved thanks to the Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium activities that were integrated last October.

 

The passenger growth led to an increase of the seat load factor by 4.7 percentage points, bringing the average seat load factor to 79.5%. It was also a very strong month for Brussels Airlines Cargo. The cargo load factor grew by 5.8 percentage points to 75.2%. The freight volumes transported in the belly of Brussels Airlines’ passenger flights increased by 43%, a significant growth that is partly due to the opening of the Mumbai route.

Compared to March last year, Brussels Airlines operated 3.9% less flights. Nevertheless the airline was able to increase its growth rate. This is the result of the replacement of the last AVRO jets (100 seats) by Airbus aircraft with a greater capacity (180 seats). Thanks to its increased offer, Brussels Airlines was able to continue to propose competitive fares and attract even more customers. This means, however, that the pressure on airline ticket prices remains very high.

These statistics do not include the passengers on board of charter flights Brussels Airlines operates on behalf of tour operators.

 

Month Month VLY difference
mar18 mar17
Flights 6,390 6,650 -3.9%
Total Passengers 778,175 686,299 13.4%
— Passengers Europe 632,445 570,678 10.8%
— Passengers Africa 94,059 79,643 18.1%
— Passengers North America 24,817 19,368 28.1%
— Passengers Middle East 16,775 15,881 5.6%
— Passengers Asia 10,079 729 1282.6%
Available seat-kilometers  (ASK) 1,661,714,583 1,423,890,745 16.7%
Revenue Passenger-Kilometers  (RPK) 1,320,531,121 1,064,760,834 24.0%
Passenger Load Factor (%) 79.5% 74.8% 4.7%pt
Available Ton-Kilometers (ATK)    197,312 168,453 17.1%
Revenue Ton-Kilometers  (RTK) 155,970 123,253 26.5%
Cargo Load Factor (%) 75.2% 69.4% 5.8%pt
These results are based on figures currently available

Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A319-111 OO-SSS (msn 2030) LHR (Ken Petersen). Image: 941515.

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Aer Lingus to start Cork – Lisbon service

Aer Lingus Airbus A319-111 EI-EPR (msn 3169) LHR (SPA). Image: 925091.

Aer Lingus has announced it will begin new Cork – Lisbon service on October 26, 2018. The new route will operate two days a week year-round.

This announcement comes after it was announced by Norwegian it would drop Cork – Providence service in October.

Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A319-111 EI-EPR (msn 3169) LHR (SPA). Image: 925091.

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easyJet celebrates a decade of flying from Jersey

easyJet (easyJet.com) (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZBE (msn 2884) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 934538.

easyJet launched its first flight between Jersey and London Luton in March 2008.

The airline has carried over two million customers to and from Jersey in the last decade and over 600,000 in the last 12 months alone. easyJet’s capacity at Jersey is expected to grow around 9% this summer.

easyJet is also celebrating the first flight between Edinburgh and Jersey this weekend.

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, is celebrating ten years of flying to and from Jersey, serving customers in Jersey with direct connections to key UK cities and providing customers all around the UK with the opportunity to experience the variety that the island of Jersey has to offer.

easyJet launched the very first flight to Jersey on March 20, 2008 from London Luton and since then the airline’s services to and from the island have continued to grow. Just 10 days after the Luton inauguration the airline launched direct flights from Liverpool and over the last decade has expanded its network offering, adding services between Glasgow (2011), London Southend (2012), Newcastle (2013) and London Gatwick and Belfast in 2014.

In January 2018 the airline put seats on sale on between Jersey and Edinburgh for the very first time, with the inaugural flight due to depart from Edinburgh this Saturday, March 31. The route will operate twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer season, with fares starting from £30.74.*

easyJet operates eight routes and over 132 flights a week during peak summer, flying over 600,000 passengers to and from Jersey across its UK network each year.

Copyright Photo: easyJet (easyJet.com) (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZBE (msn 2884) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 934538.

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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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easyJet extends ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ to seven airports and adds new connections airline partners

easyJet has announced that it is extending its ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ connections platform to Berlin Tegel, Venice Marco Polo, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly and Edinburgh airports. This means that, combined with the connections already announced through London Gatwick and Milan Malpensa, over half of the airline’s flights – and 53 million easyJet customers a year – will be able to connect to airline partner services and other easyJet flights in a single booking through easyJet’s digital booking portal.

easyJet has also brought new connecting airlines onto the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ booking platform and has also announced partnerships with Thomas Cook Airlines at Gatwick meaning easyJet customers can now travel as far as the Caribbean or to the USA, Africa and the Indian Ocean with La Compagnie and Corsair who will both fly from Paris Orly.

easyJet’s existing relationship with WestJet and Norwegian will enable the airlines to offer long haul connectivity at more of Europe’s biggest hub airports – Norwegian will extend connecting services from Paris Charles De Gaulle and Paris Orly in the coming weeks, from Amsterdam Schiphol in the summer when the airline launches its service to New York from the Dutch capital and also from Edinburgh. Meanwhile easyJet’s existing relationship with Loganair will allow easyJet customers to connect to the highlands and Islands via Edinburgh.

Worldwide by easyJet

Airport                           Go live date           Partners

Gatwick                                 September 2017       Norwegian, Thomas Cook Airlines,

WestJet, Aurigny

Venice                                    Mid-April 2018           To be announced

Paris CDG                              Spring 2018               Norwegian

Paris Orly                               Spring 2018               Corsair, La Compagnie, Norwegian

Milan Malpensa                     Spring 2018               Neos, Norwegian

Berlin Tegel                           Summer 2018            To be announced

Amsterdam Schiphol          Summer 2018            Norwegian

Edinburgh                              tbc 2018                     Loganair, Norwegian

Inverness                               tbc 2018                     Loganair 

Worldwide by easyJet explained

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline. Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures.  With Worldwide by easyJet these will be replicated by self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub which will offer the same sort of connectivity but more simply and efficiently.

easyJet has leadership positions at more of Europe’s major airports and flies on more of Europe’s 100 largest routes than any other airline which makes it the most attractive European short haul airline partner. The introduction of this disruptive product opens up new 70m market segment for easyJet.

All of this connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop whose innovative platform allows easyJet customers to book connections and forward flights on easyJet.com.  Worldwide by easyJet will also allow easyJet passengers to connect with other easyJet flights through partner airports.

Worldwide by easyJet does not impact easyJet’s punctuality, its asset utilisation or operating model. The airline will not hold flights for connecting passengers. Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a 2 hour 30 minute ‘Minimum Connection Time’, which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals. Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDA (msn 3413) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 926668.

easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDA (msn 3413) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 926668.

 

TAP now offers new daily flights from Porto to Barcelona, Milan, London City and Ponta Delgada

TAP Portugal Airbus A319-111 CS-TTP (msn 1165) LHR (SPA). Image: 937480.

TAP on March 25 launched its new routes from Porto. Barcelona, Milan, London (London City Airport) and Ponta Delgada represent the airline’s commitment to continue bringing passengers from around the world to Porto, and to bring Porto to the world.

Copyright Photo: TAP Portugal Airbus A319-111 CS-TTP (msn 1165) LHR (SPA). Image: 937480.

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