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Company Watch - Air France-KLM Group.

Air France is set to slash thousands of jobs, according to unions representing the carrier's workers. Unions claim just a fraction of up to 5,000 staff set to retire by 2008 will be replaced. However, the airline said its 72,000 staff numbers will remain stable over the next three years. The airline and its partner KLM are looking to save costs wherever they can. Feb 26, 2006

Air France-KLM Group said it will pursue a "profitable growth strategy" during the summer by boosting capacity 5.6% over summer 2005, comprising a 6% increase on its long-haul network, a 6.3% rise on its international medium-haul network and a 1.1% increase domestically. Feb 22, 2006

Air France-KLM Group[sup.1]s long-haul growth, including a 19.7% ramp-up in capacity to the Middle East, will come from additional frequencies and larger aircraft. KLM will offer a new destination, Chengdu, with twice-weekly service from Amsterdam. The group will offer 47 weekly flights to China. On its "oil, gas and mining routes" it will add a second daily flight to Houston plus new service to Tehran and possibly Riyadh. It also will increase capacity on routes to Asia and the Americas through cooperation with its SkyTeam partners. Feb 22, 2006

Air France-KLM announced the signing of a protocol agreement finalizing implementation of a European Works Council to "inform and consult workers about all matters concerning the Group as well as issues of a transnational character." The joint body, established to conform with European law, will supersede those of the individual airlines but will not replace staff representative bodies from each company and in each country. The council will comprise 37 members appointed or elected for a period of four years. Feb 20, 2006

On the European network Air France-KLM Group will add Yerevan (thrice-weekly aboard an AF A320), Leipzig (twice-daily operated by Regional) and Katowice (thrice-daily operated by Brit Air) this summer. AF will add second daily flights to Zagreb and Kiev and a daily flight from Paris CDG to Algiers, increase service to Athens and Tel Aviv and suspend its Nantes-London Gatwick service in addition to other operational changes. The group said there "will be very few changes" on its French network save select modifications. Feb 22, 2006
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Date:Feb 27, 2006
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