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Air France AF1146 makes U-turn, returns to Paris

On March 16, 2020, Air France Flight AF1146 took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) in France, en route to Warsaw Poland. As it was already crossing Poland, nearing its destination, the flight made a sharp U-turn, before heading back for landing in France. ...


Clement Charpentreau
Air France to temporarily lay off 80% of staff due to coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus Covid-19 epidemic, Ben Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM Group announced it would gradually reduce its activity by up to 90% by the end of the week. Up to 80% of its workforce could be temporarily laid off....


Clement Charpentreau
Child stowaway found dead in Air France flight

The body of a child was found in the landing gear well of an Air France flight between Paris and Abidjan, Ivory Coast....


Clement Charpentreau
Airlines modify flights to avoid Iranian and Iraqi airspaces

After the Iranian military launched over 12 missiles on U.S. bases in Iraq during the night of January 7, 2019, several airlines decided to avoid the Iranian and Iraqi airspaces by modifying or suspending their flights....


Clement Charpentreau
Air France-KLM Group confirms order for 60 Airbus A220-300s

Air France-KLM Group has confirmed its order for 60 Airbus A220-300s. The aircraft will all be operated by Air France and will replace its fleet of single-aisle A318 and A319. That is on top of a firm order for 10 additional wide-body A350XWBs that the Franco-Dutch airline group placed earlier this December....


Clement Charpentreau
Air France A340 limit helps avert windshear crash in Bogota

Due to a lack of communication with air traffic control in Bogota, Colombia, an Airbus A340 operated by Air France was caught in windshear while taking off. However, the French Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA) found that precautionary measures taken by the carrier after a similar incident months before may have saved the day....


Clement Charpentreau
Aigle Azur time slots: Air France-KLM winner, Ryanair left out

Aigle Azur bankruptcy in September 2019 left a pool of over 12,000 flight slots up for grabs. The winners and losers of this fight for slots were revealed. While Air France-KLM, Wizz Air and Lufthansa took the best bites, Ryanair was left empty-handed....


Clement Charpentreau
France braces for strikes, 20% of flights cut

The French General Directorate of Civil Aviation required airlines to cut 20% of their flights over French territory on December 5, 2019, in anticipation of an interprofessional strike. Several airlines have already announced cancellations....


Clement Charpentreau
Air France retires its first Airbus A380

Air France retired its first Airbus A380, marking the beginning of the withdrawal process of its fleet of ten superjumbos. The aircraft should soon be returned to the lessor....


Rytis Beresnevicius
Air France “has broken operational model” and changes are coming

While Air France has struggled for a few years now, the Air France-KLM group CEO provided an update on the French airline, which will see significant changes to its operations in the coming years to return to profitability in the long-run....