Air France gets pilot support for LCC

New airline to operate 10 long-haul and 18 short-haul aircraft
Air France will press ahead with plans to launch a new low-cost carrier later in the year, after the project won approval from a pilots’ union. Boost will operate 10 long-haul and 18 short-haul aircraft in an effort to restore some routes to profitability.
As it fights competition from budget carriers like Norwegian and Wow as well as Middle Eastern airlines, Air France-KLM hopes the new airline will attract younger customers and also business travellers.
It joins Lufthansa, which has launched its own low-cost, long-haul Eurowings subsidiary, and British Airways and Iberia parent IAG with its new airline Level.
The SNPL union approved Air France’s plans on Monday with a majority of 78%. The deal also aims to raise productivity by €40 million a year throughout Air France’s operations as part of the Trust Together program.


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