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Air France provides update on the business plan for the French regional hub

31-Aug-2012 11:09 AM

Brit Air and Regional, both subsidiaries of the Air France Group, and Airlinair, presented (30-Aug-2012) to their respective Works Councils an update of the strategic business plan for the new French regional hub and its impact on jobs for crew members. Within the framework of the Transform 2015 project and the reorganisation of short and medium-haul operations, the Air France group aims to regroup the three airlines Airlinair, Brit Air and Regional into a single French regional hub. This project is part of the Air France group’s recovery plan. This division will operate flights under a new brand with a different positioning as well as services operated on behalf of Air France. Sales and marketing will be carried out by the airlines’ own sales forces, based in the French regions, offering responsiveness and proximity to local teams, supported by those of Air France. The new brand, the range of fares and the flight schedule will be announced in Jan-2013 for a launch in Apr-2013. In 2013, the French regional hub will operate 86 aircraft (instead of 93 currently) with a greater number of seats. The development will result in the elimination of 64 jobs for crew (five flight attendants and 12 pilots at Brit Air out of a total of 587 aircrew and 47 pilots at Regional out of a total of 409 pilots). The methods implemented to deal with overstaffing will be identical to those of Air France, without redundancies, subject to an effective increase in overall economic efficiency of 15% guaranteed by the agreements. [more - original PR]