Air France announced drastic cost cutting on Monday 5 October, slashing 2,900 jobs and 14 airliners by 2017. Also, the airline wants to cancel Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order. Parent company Air France-KLM has 19 787-9 and six 787-10 jets on order, with the first KLM aircraft just about ready at the Boeing production line.
The jobs axed concern 1,700 ground crew, 900 cabin personnel and 300 pilots. The measures were met with outrage by angry workers on Monday. Executive director Xavier Broseta escaped an angry mob on Monday with his shirt torn off and climbing a fence. Air France says it will file a complaint for aggravated assault.
The company faces tough competition from low-cost airlines in Europe and long-haul carriers from the Middle East. KLM is also in the proces of taking cost cutting measures.
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