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Striking Air France pilots dug in their heels on Wednesday , rejecting government calls to go back to work and new assurances from management that low-cost operations would not threaten their jobs. Passengers wait at the domestic check-in desk of the Air France airline company at Marseille airport, in Marignane, southern France.
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Air France-KLM chairman and chief executive Alexandre de Juniac gives a press conference, in Paris, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
A passenger walks past empty check-in lines on the first day of an Air France one-week strike at Nice International airport September 15, 2014. Up to 60 percent of Air France flights have been canceled as the company's pilots began a week-long strike over the cuts.
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Air France pilots have started a week-long strike and they'll be joined by Lufthansa pilots on Tuesday. Ivor Bennett looks at the growing crisis facing some of Europe's main flag carriers as they try to take on budget rivals.
This Boeing 747 is part of the Air France fleet. An estimated 60% of pilots are on strike this week, disrupting service around the globe.
Air France-KLM SA said Monday that a pilot strike that is crippling nearly two thirds of the airline's flights could weigh on the company's results as it predicted further chaotic service.
At least half of Air France flights around the world were cancelled Monday as pilots kicked off a weeklong strike, angry that the company is shifting jobs and operations to a low-cost carrier to better keep up with rivals. The company's challenges echo those faced by flagship airlines across Europe as they face tough competition from budget airlines for short-haul flights and cash-rich Gulf state carriers on long-haul routes.
Air France said it's bracing for the most disruptive strike since 1998 tomorrow as pilots walk out over management plans to expand low-cost operations using flight crew paid less than at the mainline carrier. The French arm of Air France-KLM Group, Europe's biggest airline, expects to cancel 52 percent of services on the first day of an action due to run through Sept.
Air France-KLM said late Saturday that the airline would only operate four out of 10 scheduled flights on Monday because of a strike by pilots.
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The plan will create up to 250 new pilot jobs by 2019 and grow Transavia's fleet to over 100 aircraft, Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac was quoted as telling French daily Les Echos in the newspaper's Wednesday edition. Europe's second-largest traditional carrier by revenue said last week its board had approved a plan to open new bases under the Transavia brand in Europe in a bid to recapture market share from both low-cost carriers and fast-growing Middle East rivals.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 02:50 pm
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