UTA_flyinghigh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3894 times:
...but will this mean inprovements in service and/or radical changes ?
PARIS (AFP) - The French government is to decide by the end of the year whether Air France should be privatised or form an alliance with the Dutch airline KLM, junior Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau said.
Bussereau, speaking Tuesday on BFM radio, said: "In any case, it will be before the end of the year that things will happen."
He added that Air France is in talks with other companies and with French Finance Minister Francis Mer, Transport Minister Gilles de Robien and himself.
The French government holds 54.4 percent of Air France and is seeking to bring its stake down to below 20 percent.
Mer said last month Air France was fully prepared for privatisation but that it would not make financial sense to privatise immediately.
Air France has been looking for new commercial allies in Europe to beef up the Skyteam alliance, which includes the French carrier.
KLM has long been looking for a merger partner, but advanced talks in the past with British Airways and Alitalia fell through.
"KLM is a company that has had problems but which remains nonetheless an important figure in air transport," Bussereau said, noting the airline's hub at Schipol, near Amsterdam, has high-speed rail links to Charles de Gaulle airport, Air France's hub north of Paris.
"So a link between these two companies doesn't seem absurd to me," he added.
DoorsToManual From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3772 times:
This is a never-ending story, and I just won't believe anything until it happens....btw, this has nothing to do with my feelings about the airline itself...I think the service has always been very good - why does the State have to give them money? I'm sure they could compete fine without it.
RJ100 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3745 times:
One thing that is maybe going to happen is that AF will cancel a lot of regional routes after privatization.
Routes that are not profitable but are kept alive by the government today to link the various French regions.
This is just a guess but happens most of the times when a transportation company privatizes.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3681 times:
Who don't fly to CMF - Ryanair or AF - I don't think AF ever did, did they ? Nobody does now, according to Amadeus anyway. And sorry, but it IS in the middle of nowhere - halfway up an Alp in Savoie, isn't it ? Not so far from GVA, maybe you could fly there and take a bus.
707cmf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3657 times:
And sorry, but it IS in the middle of nowhere - halfway up an Alp in Savoie
Well, sorry, but CMF is actually quite central. LYS and NCY could be okay for someone living in Chambery, but don't forget there is more in Savoie than Chambery. A great deal of industry is located in Savoie, most often at one hour drive from CMF, but two hours from the other airports... We do lack the commercial connexion to Paris we used to have.
As for a commercial liaison useless IMO, they could ax GNB and replace it by CMF. Mind you, CMF is actually closer to Grenoble than GNB !!!
UTA_flyinghigh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3651 times:
As Flybe (formerly British European) is an AF partner operating flights for AF, they have aircraft operating in full AF livery with AF crew and interiors (G-JEBA, G-JEBB, and G-JEBC being the BaE 146-300's).