NEWS Air France wins pilots’ approval to create a low-cost airline

A lengthy dispute between Air France management and pilots ended Monday after the pilots backed the establishment of a lower-cost subsidiary to try to compete with budget airlines and Gulf carriers.

Air France-KLM CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac praised the pilots’ “spirit of responsibility” after they agreed to the creation of a cheaper medium- and long-haul service on condition they would receive the same pay and conditions.

The hiring of stewards, hostesses and part of the ground personnel for the new Boost service will, by contrast, be outsourced.

The company will begin offering the lower-cost medium-range flights in the autumn and follow up with a new long-range service in mid-2018.

 

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