Air France to phase out its B747 fleet
Published: 18/09/2013 - Filed under: News »
Air France is to phase out its fleet of Boeing 747s by 2016, the group announced today.
The airline, which is restructuring its operations, blames a declining demand for the move.
AF will also be cutting another 2,600 jobs and has discussed a new voluntary redundancy plan with some of its more than 69,000 staff.
The carrier also revealed that it has abandoned a plan to break even this year, meaning it will end the period with a deficit for a sixth successive year.
Chief executive Frederic Gagey said: "We are in a period of weak demand."
Last week, it was reported that Air France will convert subsidiary airline Transavia into a low-cost carrier (see news, September 9). An announcement is expected to be made on October 4.
Biztraveller74 - 18/09/2013 13:17
I have to disagree demand is weak, it is rather that AF has denied reality that high contribution passengers just will not pay for AF Biz seats.
if you anslyse the bulk of clients travelling AF in Biz, less of them than any orher comparable competitors are repeat passengers outside France!
this is quite an evidence that AF has thought it could ignore nin France based passengers to sustain its business....
AF is 8 years too late and it will take 4 more years from 2014/15 at least for AF to
get back on its feet if it upgrades its Biz seats in 2014/15 as customers take time to offer repeat business when they had s good experience.
The competition is upgrading too, the weakest market to attack might be UK as BA is following same path as AF 7 or 8 years ago.
UrbaneGent - 19/09/2013 05:05
Completely agree with the above. AF is in its own world - it's as if they are clueless with what's going on with other business class seats, they are the last of the larger global European airlines that still have lie-flat reclining seats (LH finally is changing). Even their Premium Economy is terrible where the seat doesn't recline; the bottom slides forward instead.
mohamedbasma - 19/09/2013 12:08
AF have completely lost it,i am a platinium for life and i stopped flying AF for the last 3 years and will never ever return,BA is much better just compare flying blue with executive club and you can see the difference.
oasis1221 - 19/09/2013 13:59
AF can still make it connecting the Americas(North and South) with Asia, Africa and Europe.
I flew many times on AF from the Middle East to the US thru CDG. I purchased business class to be seated in cramped up European business class, on their uncomfortable A320s for five hours
I decided to switch to other carriers because of this discomfort factor.
flyingdutchman - 19/09/2013 14:44
It would be a shame if AF will take KLM with it in its downfall
Biztraveller74 - 20/09/2013 02:20
AF has no choice but bring KLM to its failure.
It will never allow KLM to be upmarket while AF remains mediocre.
However, my opinion is that BA is starting to make the same mistake as AF 8 years ago. I predict a rough 2016 to 2023 for BA.
In 2018,AF will emerge stronger, but LH will be market leader in Europe.
cbroo79 - 20/09/2013 10:06
Completely agree with most of the comments. Being east coast US based I used to fly AF quite a bit. However, AF took the same stance as DL and jacked up prices way above competitive rates without upgrading the biz class. That on top of an unreliable transfer service at CDG, that basically resulted in checked luggage never making it to the final destination with you, let us to cancel our corp agreement on AF and changing all staff to alternative carriers. Customer service in case of trouble also lets much to desire at most posts as experienced in many cases. Answers are condecending at best and not helpful in most cases. KLM is still much better although their hardware could benefit from a refreshment too! AF will only get biz from non French based biz travellers back, if they upgrade their planes, change their pricing (the higher load factor will offset the decrease for sure), look at making their European feeder flights better timed and has a hard look at how the CDG hub operates.
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