March 2, 2021

Air Francia-KLM agrees with the pilots the development of its "low cost" Transavia

The French-Dutch airline Air France KLM on Wednesday received the approval of the pilots union to develop its low-cost subsidiary Transavia beyond the 40 aircraft allowed by the current agreement.

The main union of pilots SNPL organized an internal referendum in which 70% of them were favorable to allow management to devote more devices to this subsidiary.

The general director of the airline, Ben Smith, said that from now on they will reinforce the European lines where competition with other low-cost companies is strongest.

"Transavia may continue its development without limiting the number of aircraft and in balanced economic conditions for the Air France group," the airline said in a statement.

The agreement with the pilots, not signed by other minority unions, puts an end to a conflict that put the company in check in 2014, when the pulse with the previous address resulted in one of its most damaging strikes, in terms of days, 14, and cost, 300 million euros.

The tension took ahead of the president of Air France, Alexandre de Juniac, and, after a transition piloted by Juan-Marc Janillac, led to the appointment of Canadian Smith at the helm of the company's executive commands.

Its work has been to disrupt relations with the unions, in particular those of the pilots, who opposed the creation of two statutes, one for Air France and one for Transavia.

The current leaders of the SNPL consider that the labor differences between the pilots of Air France and those of its low-cost subsidiary are now tiny, so they have been favorable to the agreement, endorsed by its members in referendum.

The agreement maintains the ban on Transavia covering internal lines in France, which are reserved for Air France and its subsidiary Hop, but will allow them to develop bases in various cities both in the country of origin and in others in Europe.

It remains to be seen how the flight and ground personnel unions will receive the news, as well as minorities among the pilots.

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