Paris warns Air France's survival in the balance

Devin Lawrence
May 7, 2018

The government said the French state, the largest shareholder with a 14 percent stake, will not bail out the airline.

On Monday, the company's shares went into tailspin on the Paris stock exchange on Monday, falling by 13 percent after the French finance minister's statements, and following the resignation of the company's CEO on Friday.

Air France-KLM's board will also meet then.

Despite the French state owns 14.3% of the Air France-KLM parent company, the aircraft would not be salvaged, he said.

Regardless of the strike, the carrier demanded that it is ready to keep up 99% of whole deal flights on Monday, 80% of medium-pull administrations and 87% of short-pull flights.

"Air France will disappear if it does not make the necessary efforts to be competitive".

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Late on Friday, CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac said he would resign after staff rejected a pay deal, plunging the airline into turmoil amid a wave of strikes at its French brand that has so far cost the company €300m. The company had revenue of $7.34 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $8 billion. equities analysts anticipate that Air France-KLM will post 2.71 earnings per share for the current year.

Travellers should expect last minute delays and cancellations, Air France said, adding it will update its flight schedule for Tuesday later today.

Until new management plans are in place, Air France executives lack a mandate to continue negotiations with unions, prolonging the dispute.

Air France-KLM is one of Europe's biggest airlines, but has seen a series of strikes in recent weeks.

"There's reason enough to be anxious", CFDT leader Laurent Berger.

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