Air France-KLM to launch lower cost airline

10th Nov, 2016 | Tourism Mail Crew

PARIS: Air France-KLM is creating a more "competitive" long-haul airline to win back customers from Gulf carriers.


Air France's new boss, Jean-Marc Janaillac, unveiled the plan, saying the firm is "battling on all fronts".

The new brand does not have a name yet, but Air France plans for it to offer economy and business travel on new and reopened routes.

To compete with lower-cost rivals, its pilots and cabin crew will be employed differently to the main company.

The plan is a sign that Air France's new boss is determined to win back market share after years of painful job losses and clashes with trade unions.

Air France plans for the new airline to have 10 long haul planes by 2020. KD