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AF strike June 23rd -> June 26th suspended, except for one union: SPAF

AF strike June 23rd -> June 26th suspended, except for one union: SPAF

Old Jun 22, 18, 12:23 am
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Saw a great tweet this morning from someone at the Paris bureau of The Economist....


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Old Jun 22, 18, 2:33 am
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For whatever reason the Tweeter link is not working so I copy paste their message.

Tweets from anti-strike group of AF employees:

Espérons que l'information soit fausse, mais nous venons de recevoir des messages indiquant que Philippe Capron, ENArque, Directeur financier de Veolia, ex-Vivendi & membre du CA Transdev, serait nommé à la tête de notre compagnie.

Si l'information devait être confirmée, elle serait contraire aux besoins de notre compagnie: celle-ci a besoin d'un vrai spécialiste de l'aérien, un capitaine d'industrie capable de fédérer rapidement les équipes autour d'une vision et d'un projet partagé.

Le collectif #TousAirFrance appelle la direction à revenir à la raison et à choisir parmi les talents appréciés en interne ou reconnus de tous : Rochet, Elbers, Matheu, Stubler, Brégier, McCall, Antinori... Si vous manquez d'idées, nous en avons de nombreuses !
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Old Jun 22, 18, 2:47 am
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celle-ci a besoin d'un vrai spécialiste de l'aérien, un capitaine d'industrie
But wait, wasn't that De Juniac?

When employees try to choose their CEO they rarely get it right.
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Old Jun 22, 18, 8:18 am
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Similarly, orchestras choosing their new conductor, as is the way these days, based on a guest concert almost never results in a good choice. Not sure what the way forward is for the airlines, but weren’t they better at getting these things right in the past?
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Old Jun 22, 18, 9:51 pm
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But wait, wasn't that De Juniac?

When employees try to choose their CEO they rarely get it right.
AF employees certainly won't choose their CEO.

And when French government chooses a CEO for AF it rarely gets it right
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Old Jun 26, 18, 3:55 am
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Originally Posted by bodory View Post
AF employees certainly won't choose their CEO.

And when French government chooses a CEO for AF it rarely gets it right
According to the last news, the French government is indeed trying to push for someone else that Philippe Capron (who have been selected by the AFKLM Top management comittee is charge of finding a new CEO). The french government considers that he doesn't have a reliable airline experience. KLM and Delta are also not fond of a new ENA/Inspecteur des finances head of AF.

The board of AFKLM might also come back to an organization with a CEO of AF and a CEO for AFKLM, as it was before Janaillac. The idea behind that (for KLM and Delta) is too push for a non-french candidate as CEO of AFKLM while the CEO for AF would still be french.

sorry, no link : there's a lot of coverage in the french press about that, not so much in english...
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Old Jun 26, 18, 6:57 am
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Capron's case is indeed disastrous and typical of AF and French government way of taking decisions:
- Almost everyone from the field in the current context (Assises de l'Aérien, Paris Air Forum) says the future CEO must have industry knowledge ;
- Then someone is leaking the guy's name as the future CEO ;
- Big surprise! He has the opposite background of what is desired (disclaimer: I have no opinion on him) ;
- Immediately the authorities (why them and not AF's voice?) say that he is only a possible candidate among others, but who then?

And now it is full reverse mode after everyone(*) i.e. Delta, KLM, pro-strike unions, anti-strike unions, Dutch unions, experts etc. expressed their voice.

On top of that, AF/KL is now acting they will enter the low cost / long haul market, probably by taking over XL Airways. Well done for Joon. And a nice way to create a new strike with the pilots.

They are truly fantastic!

*It is also said the Chinese (MU) are concerned - understand, furious - about the Capron fiasco.
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Old Jul 3, 18, 1:07 am
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- couple of apparently irrational decisions have been taken this year by persons with responsibility;
- certain individuals / experts now call for the State to sell their shares in the Company;
- I would say, for stated motivations which are not convincing at this time;
- many parties $$ seem interested, and more are now commenting with authority on the subject.

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Old Jul 5, 18, 6:34 am
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And now has been made public the letter of Capron to Couderc explaining how disappointed he is.

This is pathetic.
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Old Jul 5, 18, 6:42 am
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Originally Posted by bodory View Post
And now has been made public the letter of Capron to Couderc explaining how disappointed he is.

This is pathetic.
I thought the value of many such public letters / comments was already established? Are they each writing and promoting their books now?
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Old Aug 1, 18, 5:46 am
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The French Press reports that, unlike all predictions, Air France KLM went on quite well and didn't suffer too much from the (very impactful) strikes. Despite the strikes, the profit is higher for Q2 compared to Q1. It is guessed that the SNCF strikes helped AF fill their planes, as well as a good long-haul performance.

Source: Capital : AFKLM, 2ème trimestre mieux que prévu (French)

Air France still has a few long-haul flights cancelled everyday this summer. The unions blame the direction for not anticipating the situation, the direction blames the union as their strikes prevented any anticipation.

Source: Le Parisien : Vols annulés, Air France en surchauffe (French)

In the meantime, AFKLM and Air Europa are considering a joint-venture over the Europe<-> Latin America routes. Nothing about any Latin America airline involved at that point.
After the AF/KL/DL/VS joint-venture in progress, the AF/KL/CZ/MF joint-venture, the AF/KL/MU joint-venture, the AF/VN joint-venture, and now this one, it seems that Air France is going full steam on joint-ventures.

Source: Boursier : Nouvel accord de joint venture envisagé entre AFKLM et Air Europa (French)
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Old Aug 1, 18, 7:46 am
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Originally Posted by Zarmakuizz View Post
The French Press reports that, unlike all predictions, Air France KLM went on quite well and didn't suffer too much from the (very impactful) strikes. Despite the strikes, the profit is higher for Q2 compared to Q1. It is guessed that the SNCF strikes helped AF fill their planes, as well as a good long-haul performance.

Source: Capital : AFKLM, 2ème trimestre mieux que prévu (French)

Air France still has a few long-haul flights cancelled everyday this summer. The unions blame the direction for not anticipating the situation, the direction blames the union as their strikes prevented any anticipation.

Source: Le Parisien : Vols annulés, Air France en surchauffe (French)

In the meantime, AFKLM and Air Europa are considering a joint-venture over the Europe<-> Latin America routes. Nothing about any Latin America airline involved at that point.
After the AF/KL/DL/VS joint-venture in progress, the AF/KL/CZ/MF joint-venture, the AF/KL/MU joint-venture, the AF/VN joint-venture, and now this one, it seems that Air France is going full steam on joint-ventures.

Source: Boursier : Nouvel accord de joint venture envisagé entre AFKLM et Air Europa (French)
thanks for thé link, but your comment about financial results are incorrect. Q2 2108 operating results are 240 million BELOW this of 2017. AF “estimates” that it is all due to the strike which makes some sense.
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Old Aug 1, 18, 9:38 am
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Many press articles were negatives about Air France results, claiming that the strike would put the whole AFKLM group with no benefit at all for Q1+Q2 combined. Now that the results are there, I cannot retrieve said negative articles.
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Old Aug 2, 18, 4:46 am
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Indeed, results are not as bad as expected by financial analysts.
AF has some mysterious estimate of the strike impact, but the H1 operating result of the group fell by 325m and the operating margin is down to a dismal 1.7%. And the net result for H! 2018 is a LOSS of 159m.

Regarding the article on cancelled flights. it is funny to read that the interim CEO is accused of creating dis-organization responsible for the cancelled flights.
I was taking a friend to Nice airport last week; domestic flight to Orly at 3pm. His bag was slightly too long for the automatic drop and got redirected to the check-in counter where the res-jacket helper assured him that there would be no problem to check the bag.. There was a single agent doing manual check-in and twenty pax in line, each with a different problem. Over an hour wait. Beside the red-jacket helpers, there were a couple of AF staff cruising. Both insisted on the staffing problem. Apparently, AF staff have currently suspended their strike but work to the book, i.e. strictly follow work rules without flexibility.
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