SNPL ALPA Air France, representing a majority of Air France pilots, has agreed to start negotiations with Air France management in order to increase the number of aircraft in the Transavia France fleet, currently capped at 40 aircraft.
“A larger Transavia France operation is designed to protect the current size of Air France mainline and to position Transavia France as a strong player in the competitive low-cost market,” Air France wrote in a statement.
In 2014, an agreement was reached to limit Transavia France’s activities to 40 aircraft. “97% of the pilots have approved a motion to negotiate the removal of the current limit,” a union member said.
“This new development is a strong sign of the improved relationship and positive culture taking hold within Air France,” said Benjamin Smith, CEO of Air France-KLM Group.