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Air France Violence A National Embarrassment - Ministers

Violent acts by workers at Air France's headquarters are a national embarrassment that reinforces the very image the country wants to shake off, French political leaders said. "This image hurts our country," said Prime Minister Manuel Valls, as pictures of senior Air France officials with their shirts ripped and torn off adorned newspaper front pages around the world. Valls was...

Airbus A320 ACT maintenance class to be installed at Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines, a low-cost carrier based in Miramar, Florida, is preparing for the installation of the first Airbus Competence Training (ACT) classroom in the Americas. This state-of-the-art maintenance training suite is being set-up at Spirit’s new maintenance facilities in Detroit, Michigan (U.S.). Spirit’s maintenance personnel and engineers will receive initial and recur...

Air France to cut widebody fleet, network, staff

Air France (AF,Paris CDG ) is to cut its longhaul fleet and workforce as part of a raft of new cost-cutting measures the airline's board plans to implement under its Perform 2020 plan. Following a breakdown in talks between management and flight crew unions on how to achieve an estimated EUR1.8 billion (USD1.98 billion) in additional savings, Air France's board said on Monday...

Air France Workers Rip Shirts from Top Managers in Jobs Protest

Air France executives were forced to flee with their clothes in tatters after workers stormed a meeting at Charles de Gaulle airport in protest at 2,900 planned job cuts. Human resources chief Xavier Broseta and Pierre Plissonnier, head of long-haul flights, scaled an eight-foot fence to escape, aided by security guards. Broseta emerged shirtless and Plissonnier had his suit ripped to...

Airbus Helicopters positive despite sluggish rotorcraft market

Despite the subdued market for new helicopters – particularly in the oil and gas segment – Airbus Helicopters remains confident that it can end the year in positive territory. Aided by some hefty commitments for the 7.5t H175 – it has taken in almost 40 orders for the type this year, including the first for the search and rescue variant – the manufacturer achieved a book...

Air France Seeks to Cancel Five Boeing Plane Deliveries

Air France will negotiate with Boeing and leasing company AerCap to cancel the delivery of five 787 passenger jets, Chief Executive Frederic Gagey said on Monday as he unveiled new cost-cutting measures for the troubled airline. The five Boeing planes had been due for delivery in 2016 and 2017, Gagey said during a news conference, adding that additional orders for the 787 were also under r...

Airbus Faces A380 Test as Singapore Weighs Lease Renewal: Banker

Airbus faces a double test of confidence in the A380 superjumbo in the coming months as Singapore Airlines ponders whether to renew its first lease while the planemaker seeks to bolster new sales, a leading industry banker said. The Southeast Asian airline was the first to fly the world's largest airliner in 2007 and a 10-year lease for its first aircraft expires in 2017. Airlines...

Airbus flies past Boeing with 875 plane orders

Airbus said it won orders for a further 121 aircraft last month, including the sale of 110 A321neo jets to low-cost carrier Wizz Air, taking the number of gross orders for the first nine months of the year to 875 planes. The European planemaker said on Monday that it delivered 446 aircraft to customers between January and September, including 19 Airbus A380 superjumbos. Net orders after canc...

Air France announced its restructuring plan to employees

Paris - Tense Monday for Air France agents: they are called to strike against the restructuring plan threatening in the short term 3,000 jobs, which should be announced in the morning at a central works council. Three unions (CGT, FO and Unsa) at national level, and CFDT, in the South, called for the mobilization, but the strike rate is unknown, some agents opting to strike a few hour...

Business or science? Choose both, urges Airbus marketing exec

Anaïs Marzo da Costa, Airbus’ newly appointed Head of Aircraft Interiors Marketing is, unusually for someone in her team, not from an engineering background. “Normally at Airbus, when you’re in marketing you’re an aeronautical engineer, and I am not,” Marzo da Costa laughed as she sat down with Runway Girl Network, fresh from presenting a Comfort and Ambienc...

Air France plans to cut 2,900 jobs: union source

Air France plans to cut 2,900 jobs after the failure of talks with pilots to boost productivity, a union source told Reuters on Friday. The figure was announced by the head of Air France at a board meeting this morning, the source said. Some 300 job cuts would involve pilots, 700 stewards and hostesses and 1,900 ground staff. The head of parent Air France-KLM had told Europe 1 radio earli...

Bregier: Airbus Confident of A350 XWB Delivery Goal for 2015

Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier remains confident that the European aircraft manufacturer will achieve its goal to deliver around 15 Airbus A350 XWB aircraft this year. "If we reach this target, I think we have secured a strong foundation for the future ramp-up of A350 production. It is always extremely difficult to produce an aircraft that is just certified," Bregier said. To...