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Airlines Instructed to Inspect A380 Wings

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has released an airworthiness directive (AD) advising six airlines to inspect the wings of early-build Airbus A380s. The regulator states that cracks have been found in the outer rear spars, between wing ribs 33

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France’s New ‘Eco-Tax’: How Much Will It Cost You?

The French government has unveiled plans to tax those flying from the country’s airports. According to transport minister Elisabeth Borne, the move is expected to raise around €180m annually upon its introduction next year. “We have decided to put in

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Air France to Cut Domestic Network as Competition Grows

Air France has outlined plans to help fend off competition from high-speed rail and low-cost carriers within its home market. The airline said the financial situation of its domestic operations has “deteriorated significantly”, and revealed that since 2013, cumulative losses

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First Look: Air France’s New A330 Interiors

The first aircraft kitted out with Air France’s new look cabins has entered service. The French flag carrier is rolling out the update to its Airbus A330 fleet, with its business, premium economy and economy products all receiving the bright

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Air France Pulls Plug on Joon

In one of the less surprising aviation developments of the new year, Air France has revealed plans to re-integrate the Joon brand back into its mainline operation. The airline, which was launched in late 2017, made a conscious effort to

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Air France-KLM Appoints First Non-French CEO

Former Air Canada executive Benjamin Smith has been named as Air France-KLM’s new chief executive, three months after his predecessor quit amid severe disputes with labour unions.  The new chief will take up his duties in late September this year.

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Joon Takes Flight

New Air France subsidiary Joon has launched its first services.  The self-styled “airline for millennials” is initially using Airbus A320s and, later, A321s transferred from its parent to link its Paris/Charles de Gaulle base with Barcelona, Berlin/Tegel, Lisbon and Porto. 

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Virgin, Delta and Air France-KLM Join Forces

Air France-KLM Group will acquire a 31% stake in Virgin Atlantic as part of a new transatlantic joint venture (JV) with the UK carrier and its US stablemate, Delta Air Lines.  The Franco-Dutch group will pay the Virgin Group £220m

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Introducing Joon

Air France has officially unveiled its new low-fare offshoot, Joon.  Previously known under the working name Boost, it will launch its first medium-haul services this autumn followed by long-haul flights next summer. According to its parent company, Joon – which

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Milestone Dreamliner Delivery

In a triple celebration, Boeing has delivered the 500th 787 Dreamliner to roll off its production lines. The aircraft, F-HRBA (c/n 38769), is also the first 787-9 for Air France and the 50th example for Netherlands-based lessor AerCap.  The Air

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