September 22, 2014 - Air France's pilot strike has been
disrupting flight operations for the past seven
days, with catastrophic consequences for the
Company. This strike generates an operating loss
of up to $25 million (US Dollar) per day.
Negotiations with the pilot unions, notably the
SNPL, have taken place daily, since the
beginning of the strike action. Each side is
blaming the other for not putting forward any
proposal demonstrating their willingness to find
a solution. Management has reported that talks
have reached a deadlock.
Pilots walked out a week ago in protest against
Air France's plans to expand Transavia
Airlines (routes, planes, etc) while cutting
costs at the legacy airline. Transavia Airlines
is a Dutch based low-cost airline
operating as an independent part of the Air
France-KLM group. Transavia Airlines
operates scheduled and charter services
to leisure destinations. The proposed goal is to
create Transavia Europe.