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by mercure1
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest US international Routes Pax Counts for 2017
Replies: 45
Views: 4761

Re: Largest US international Routes Pax Counts for 2017

Out of curiosity do you have counts for CDGLAX? If I recall correctly that is the second largest US market from France.

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by mercure1
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AUS to become a Delta Focus City
Replies: 155
Views: 16466

Re: AUS to become a Delta Focus City

they only have 3 gates now, who's going to give them more gates?

1 gate = 10 flts at best.

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by mercure1
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka
Replies: 278
Views: 24418

Re: Delta to cut Seattle-Hong Kong, announces Seattle-Osaka

While we agree Hong Kong was likely a terrible performer for Delta, I am not sure routing via ICN is the best outcome for customers, especially those in non-US gateways looking to get to Hong Kong. The via ICN routing creates an second additional connection stop, when there are so many US-HKG nonsto...

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by mercure1
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Largest US international Routes Pax Counts for 2017
Replies: 45
Views: 4761

Re: Largest US international Routes Pax Counts for 2017

Thank you for posting. Across Atlantic, it really shows the dominance of links to London from the US. For Latin interesting to see only two routes from MIA. Was always under impression Miami was US hub for Latin America flying especially with the benefit of AA hub feed. Also for Pacific impressive l...

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by mercure1
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures
Replies: 117
Views: 39032

Re: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/201 ... t-tomorrow

Will he be in his A330?
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First non-test aircraft planned to land at the airport will be on Thursday when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is scheduled to make visit to new airport.

https://www.dailysabah.com/business/201 ... t-tomorrow

Will he be in his A330?

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by mercure1
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 153
Views: 19409

Re: 10 Air France unions plans strike

AFKL board on Thursday has presented new proposal to the Air France Central Works Council in order to respond to the concerns expressed by employees. The inter-union council however has decided to maintain strike plans for 23-26 June saying parties were scheduled to meet again on Monday. http://www....

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by mercure1
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH to retain A380s
Replies: 42
Views: 8935

Re: MH to retain A380s

I hate to see how the cabins end up looking after these pilgrim flights.

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by mercure1
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 10 Air France unions plans strike
Replies: 153
Views: 19409

Re: 10 Air France unions plans strike

http://www.france24.com/en/20180609-air ... e-end-june

Also reports that interim non-executive chairperson will meet with unions next week and present a new offer aimed at ending the dispute.
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Next set of strikes announced - 4days commencing June 23.

http://www.france24.com/en/20180609-air ... e-end-june

Also reports that interim non-executive chairperson will meet with unions next week and present a new offer aimed at ending the dispute.

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by mercure1
Sat Jun 09, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang
Replies: 105
Views: 21109

Re: Air China 747 just did a round trip to Pyongyang

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DfNuv4RUEAE70AG.jpg:large
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CA A330 arrived FNJ also. Media says part of preparations to move N. Korean delegation to Singapore.


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by mercure1
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures
Replies: 117
Views: 39032

Re: Istanbul New Airport, Latest Pictures

http://www.kokpit.aero//image/data/3.%2 ... ndir-2.jpg
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I saw nice photo of runways complete

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Apparently, EASA calibration flights have been completed and runways are usable.

http://www.kokpit.aero//image/data/3.%2 ... ndir-2.jpg

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by mercure1
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Turkish Aviation June 2018
Replies: 87
Views: 7610

Re: Turkish Aviation June 2018

It seems tourism to Turkey is back strong. I see many French tour operators actively selling packages to Turkey.
Its funny how from year to year the how the popularity of destinations can change so much.

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by mercure1
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 658
Views: 164190

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

Should a taxpayer pay to save a private Company? Seems right to you? Personally, I would have no problem. A national airline can very much be a key component of a nation's infrastructure and be a utility. Matter of fact I think the problem goes back to AZ being privatized to begin with. Should have...

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by mercure1
Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 658
Views: 164190

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

https://www.panorama.it/economia/aziend ... a-salvini/
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Italy’s new Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says it will not sell Alitalia in pieces and if necessary the state is ready to step in to save the airline.

https://www.panorama.it/economia/aziend ... a-salvini/

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by mercure1
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: News about new World Airways (ULCC start up)
Replies: 56
Views: 9504

Re: News about new World Airways (ULCC start up)

Why do Americans have fetish about reviving names of defunct airlines? Seems like odd pratice.

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by mercure1
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AccorHotels Looking to Acquire a Stake in AF/KL
Replies: 17
Views: 2252

Re: AccorHotels Looking to Acquire a Stake in AF/KL

Accor for several years now has planned to become a travel services company/brand, much more than simply lodging provider.

Accor has been on an acquisition binge adding to its portfolio of companies, and something like Air France with its millions of loyalty members would be an interesting add.

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by mercure1
Wed May 30, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 658
Views: 164190

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... er-449044/
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Italian Senate voted 264-0 to move sale bid date to 31st October and to extend EUR900mil loan facility to December 15th

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... er-449044/

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by mercure1
Mon May 28, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Baltic orders 30 CS300 + 30 Options/Purchase Rights
Replies: 79
Views: 14466

Re: Air Baltic orders 30 CS300 + 30 Options/Purchase Rights

Will Air Baltic even be around to take delivery of all these planes?

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by mercure1
Sun May 27, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Bombardier addressing one of the Q400s disadvantages vis-a-vis the ATR72
Replies: 19
Views: 6269

Re: Bombardier addressing one of the Q400s disadvantages vis-a-vis the ATR72

Still does not solve that Q400 is costlier to operate beyond being costlier to acquire.

Its simply too much airplane with expensive engines when a Toyota will do fine.

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by mercure1
Sat May 26, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why US and Canadian Air Carriers have ignore San Andrés (SKSP)
Replies: 48
Views: 5918

Re: Why US and Canadian Air Carriers have ignore San Andrés (SKSP)

Is the airport even an authorized point of entry with sufficient staff and facility to handle international flights?

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by mercure1
Fri May 25, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh
Replies: 88
Views: 22009

Re: Air Tahiti Nui reveal brand refresh

I am not sure this is the final livery as for example, the tiare flower on tail does not match the previously revealed update.

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by mercure1
Thu May 24, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is there no ADD-IST service by ETH?
Replies: 5
Views: 742

Re: Why is there no ADD-IST service by ETH?

https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/corpo ... detail/691
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ET at one time served IST.

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They also announced resumption in 2016 - 3x weekly 737 which I dont believe ever happened.
https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/corpo ... detail/691

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by mercure1
Tue May 22, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?
Replies: 87
Views: 7622

Re: Airliners: The Most Uncompetitive Industry?

Airfares are definetly getting cheaper. In US, Europe, Far East, etc The influx of LCCs and full service carriers like ME3 have made travel affordable for millions. Since you say you are from Europe, think back 20-30 years and how market was locked up by old national carriers charging exorbitant far...

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by mercure1
Fri May 18, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 658
Views: 164190

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

I have long said, AZ should revert to national airline. No shame in government ownership of air transport company (per ICAO over 60 percent of global airlines have some form of government participation). In many ways airlines are both a critical utility and global ambassadors for nations, so let the...

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by mercure1
Fri May 18, 2018 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit
Replies: 14
Views: 3094

Re: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit

Wonder what they will do with MI staff and labor agreements. Will they be merged into (higher cost) SQ ones? If so does not sound like a recipe for success.

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by mercure1
Thu May 17, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit
Replies: 14
Views: 3094

Re: Singapore Airlines Group announces 148% rise in full year net profit

Yes its good they are making money, but as they warn, there is increased competition from cadre of LCCs in the region, and company must adapt focus on serving this budget sector.

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by mercure1
Thu May 17, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA CFO Resigns
Replies: 41
Views: 10065

Re: UA CFO Resigns

Cutting or even keeping costs in check at a large legacy company during relatively good financial times must be like hitting your head repeatedly with a blunt object.

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by mercure1
Thu May 17, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Pilot Shortage
Replies: 156
Views: 31552

Re: EK pilot shortage, now a safety concern

Crew bases in LON, FRA, MAD, NYC, LAX, DFW, HKG, SYD would be interesting.

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by mercure1
Thu May 17, 2018 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines pilots announce strikes
Replies: 4
Views: 1030

Re: Brussels Airlines pilots announce strikes

http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/em ... es-in-june
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Talks failed.

Union states that plan additional strikes in June. Dates TBA

http://www.brusselstimes.com/belgium/em ... es-in-june

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by mercure1
Thu May 17, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: EU to reactivate 'blocking statute' against US sanctions on Iran for European firms
Replies: 87
Views: 5277

Re: EU to reactivate 'blocking statute' against US sanctions on Iran for European firms

Our EU lawmakers can make whatever declarations they desire, but does not stop fact that neither US parts can be exported to Iran, nor that private business will have to choose doing business with Iran or the US. For most its not a choice at all. I guess my point was that if the US starts to sanctio...

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by mercure1
Wed May 16, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal
Replies: 78
Views: 10583

LH Spohr: OS to postpone long-haul fleet renewal

Lufthansa subsidiary Austrian Airlines does not have strong enough finances to renew its long-haul fleet in the near future, per Lufthansa chairman & CEO Carsten Spohr. “Ten percent of our [Lufthansa Group] aircraft is based in Austria, but only 4% of the group’s profit is generated there. The f...

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by mercure1
Wed May 16, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines pilots announce strikes
Replies: 4
Views: 1030

Re: Brussels Airlines pilots announce strikes

216 out of planned 279 flights on Wednesday cancelled. http://www.air-journal.fr/2018-05-16-greve-a-brussels-airlines-seulement-63-vols-assures-mercredi-5198868.html Chance of agreement is small as SN tabled no new proposal at todays negotiations https://www.demorgen.be/binnenland/kans-op-akkoord-is...

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by mercure1
Wed May 16, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH
Replies: 23
Views: 4950

Re: Outgoing AF CEO cites tax burden difference of 500M euro/yr with LH

Frankly, its too simplistic to compare direct cost between companies like AFKL to LH or IAG or any other airline. Each nation has its own social conditions that will directly drive costs such as labor and taxation. In addition, each nation (actually city ) has its own cost of living and labor market...

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by mercure1
Tue May 15, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WTO issues appeal decision on Boeing complaint against Airbus subsidies
Replies: 80
Views: 7681

Re: WTO issues appeal decision on Boeing complaint against Airbus subsidies

Tuesday's ruling in favour of the US, which brought the case on behalf of plane-maker Boeing, brings an end to a dispute which began in 2004 over $22bn in improper subsidised European state financing for Airbus. Analysts said the decision could lead to sanctions as early as 2019, and could be the &...

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by mercure1
Tue May 15, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WTO issues appeal decision on Boeing complaint against Airbus subsidies
Replies: 80
Views: 7681

Re: WTO issues appeal decision on Boeing complaint against Airbus subsidies

Outcome hardly a shock. Its no secret EU states have greatly aided Airbus and its projects. Afterall the entire endeavour was a pet project by national governments to start with. So yet again Airbus+EU get admonished for offering monies for projects outside of normal commercial terms such as the ben...

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by mercure1
Mon May 14, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JAL May Launch new (Long-haul) LCC by 2020
Replies: 35
Views: 2155

Re: JAL May Launch new (Long-haul) LCC by 2020

In my opinion, they should take advantage of Jetstar Japan. The planned 787-8 and medium/longhaul ops natural fit for Jetstar.

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by mercure1
Sun May 13, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BKK taxiways sinking again
Replies: 7
Views: 3886

Re: BKK taxiways sinking again

Amazing part as one of the linked articles mentions, it took the Thai government some 40-years of planning to deliver Suvarnabhumi Airport and they certainly were aware of the geological faults of the site they chose, yet failed to properly engineer around them.

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by mercure1
Sun May 13, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST
Replies: 111
Views: 23299

Re: Asiana Airlines A333 knocks tail off Turkish Airlines A321 at IST

Well at least on Airbus frames, the vertical stabilizer and rudder come as singe assembly, so it can be replaced entirely for TK.

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by mercure1
Sun May 13, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 658
Views: 164190

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

AZ released its informational Q1 earnings. It experienced EUR 167m operating loss, which is major improvement from €279mil loss in Q1 2017. Sales were reported up 6 percent in 2018. This is all while things like fuel cost rose, but cost management in other areas (such as labor) provided good savings...

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by mercure1
Sun May 13, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ALPA loses lawsuit against DOT over Norwegian licences
Replies: 45
Views: 4895

Re: ALPA loses lawsuit against DOT over Norwegian licences

For those that call Norwegian a flag of convenience, you really fail to understand that Norway, Ireland, UK are not in any shape equivalent to nation like Liberia a true flag of convenience in the shipping business. Norway, Ireland and UK have some of the strictest labor laws, and certainly are high...

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by mercure1
Sat May 12, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA East Coast network changes
Replies: 92
Views: 14656

Re: Rumor: UA cutting EWR-BDL/BWI/DSM and while expanding domestic service

jfklganyc wrote:
I cant believe this isnt a bigger deal on this site...this is a fundamental realignment of their hub thinking for NY


Time to make IAD look like CLT

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by mercure1
Fri May 11, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brussels Airlines pilots announce strikes
Replies: 4
Views: 1030

Brussels Airlines pilots announce strikes

Brussels Airlines’ pilot union has called for strike action on May 14 and May 16. Pilots have been in contract negotiations with dispute largely centered on pay, and working conditions including clarity from Lufthansa about the airline’s future. One thing I read in another source was a desire for th...

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by mercure1
Fri May 11, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ALPA loses lawsuit against DOT over Norwegian licences
Replies: 45
Views: 4895

Re: ALPA loses lawsuit against DOT over Norwegian licences

Guess pilot union never gave up. Maybe they will now.

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by mercure1
Fri May 11, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SAA bailed out by government again
Replies: 173
Views: 29217

Re: SAA bailed out by government again

More money again! The South African government has agreed to make a further cash infusion into its loss-making national carrier, . An SAA spokesman confirmed the government has committed to making a R5 billion ($407 million) cash injection into the airline. The new payment is the latest in a series ...

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by mercure1
Tue May 08, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WestJet and the 787
Replies: 110
Views: 16566

Re: WestJet and the 787

Dont care for the new paint. Its dull like current one.

Is WestJet becoming a full fare, full service carrier?

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by mercure1
Sat May 05, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance-KLM's Janaillac Resigns
Replies: 137
Views: 11493

Re: AirFrance-KLM's Janaillac Resigns

What do the employees make relative to their peers elsewhere. None of the rest of this much matters. I mean I get that it does to them. But on a business run on this thin of a margin you can’t be a huge outlier on employee pay and be profitable. It’s imposisble. Are Air France employees underpaid r...

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by mercure1
Fri May 04, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AirFrance-KLM's Janaillac Resigns
Replies: 137
Views: 11493

Re: AirFrance-KLM's Janaillac Resigns

Janaillac shot himself by risking his job on a company-wide referendum which many from day one said would fail. Offering meager 7 percent raise over 4-years to employees many of which have had their pay frozen for 4-6 years including having given concessions was a sign of how far he was out of touch...

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by mercure1
Fri May 04, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF / KLM announce 1st Quarter 2018 Results
Replies: 82
Views: 7469

Re: AF / KLM announce 1st Quarter 2018 Results

Hardly appropriate to blame pilots for industrial actions at AF. There are 10 unions that represent a broad coalition of jobs from ground staff, engineers, cabin crew and pilots. As far as Jean-Marc Janaillac he cut his own head off by putting his job on the line based on results on a company-wide r...

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