A wage agreement has been found between Air France and its unions on October 19, 2018. The proposals of the recently appointed CEO Ben Smith were approved by 76% of the workers. Five out of seven worker unions signed the agreement.

The agreement has been reached after two days of negotiations, according to French media Franceinfo. It includes a first wage increase of 2% in 2018 and another one in 2019.

The SNPL and the CGT, two of the workers unions which have been asking for a 6% wage increase following a profitable year in 2017, did not sign the agreement.

On May 4, 2018, former CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac had resigned following the refusal of a draft agreement that offered a 7% salary increase spread over the next four years, starting with a 2% increase in 2018.

Benjamin Smith, former second in command at Air Canada (ADH2) , was officially named CEO of Air France-KLM group by the board of directors on August 16, 2018, and took office on September 17, 2018.

Since the beginning of the year, strikes costed the company more than €300 million