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June 4, 2009 | Chris Kraul and Devorah Lauter
Brazilian authorities said military aircraft Wednesday located several more pieces of debris floating in the Atlantic near where an ill-fated Air France flight is thought to have crashed with 228 people aboard. The debris detected by aircraft radar included a 23-foot section that officials said might be part of Flight 447, which disappeared late Sunday after flying through turbulence and sending out an automatic alert of an electrical failure.
April 6, 1992 | Reuters
Air France said Sunday it is buying a 37.5% stake in Belgian state airline Sabena SA for $122 million. The Belgian government separately said it approved the link-up after more than a year of negotiation. Belgian Transport Minister Guy Coeme told a news conference in Brussels that other partners will participate in the deal. Air France will buy the stake through a Belgian holding company, which will be 67% owned by the French state airline.
June 23, 1999 | Bloomberg News
Delta Air Lines Inc. and Air France said they will join forces to create the world's fourth major airline alliance, prompting the U.S. carrier's European partners to join forces with AMR Corp.'s American Airlines. The 10-year partnership between Delta and Air France, the No. 3 carriers in the U.S. and Europe, will link passenger and cargo services and add about $160 million a year to profits of both carriers, they said.
July 30, 2011 | Kim Willsher
A "series of failings" by the pilots occurred in the minutes before an Air France flight crashed into the Atlantic en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing all 228 people on board, according to a new French air investigation report. The crew could have saved Flight 447, which crashed on June 1, 2009, after it lost vital readings when speed sensors iced up. However, members of the crew had insufficient training to deal with the situation and failed to respond correctly, ignoring repeated stall warnings and failing to react properly to the stall, according to the report from France's air investigation authority, the BEA. "The situation was salvageable," BEA director Jean Paul Troadec told reporters.
May 26, 1992 | Reuters
Air France's main pilots' union has called a strike for Wednesday and Thursday to protest the dismissal of a pilot who opposed the investigators of a 1988 Airbus jetliner crash. The Syndicat Nationale des Pilotes de Ligne, which represents about two-thirds of the French flagship airline's pilots, first made its strike threat a week ago. Since then, Air France had not called for negotiations over the controversy involving pilot Norbert Jacquet.
October 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plan to create an aviation group that would surpass British Airways as Europe's largest airline operator. The deal would unite Europe's second- and fourth-largest carriers under one corporate parent, to be called Air France-KLM. The new company would generate annual revenue of about $22.08 billion, compared with $12.4 billion last year for British Airways. The group would serve 58.
November 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Air France-KLM Group, Europe's biggest airline, plans to ask Airbus and Boeing Co. for bids next year for about 100 long-range, medium-size aircraft, the company's chief financial officer said. Air France will look at Airbus' A350 XWB offerings and at Boeing's 787 planes. Philippe Calavia, Air France's chief financial officer, said in an interview that the airline has always flown General Electric Co.
March 26, 2005 | From Associated Press
Air France said it planned to replace part of its aging fleet of cargo planes with Boeing Co.'s new 777 freighter, but the airline would not say whether it would become the launch customer for the proposed new airplane. Boeing spokesman Marc Birtel confirmed that Air France was among the airlines interested in the new plane, but he also would not speculate on when the French airline might bring the airplane into its fleet.
August 27, 2000
Who thought they would ever do it? After some fits and starts, Air France is finally breaking the cigarette habit on all its airplanes. But as befits the airline of a nation known for loving nicotine, the ban has some unusual concessions. The ban begins Nov. 1. But Air France, declaring it is "well aware of the effect on some of its customers of not being able to smoke over long periods of time," promises to provide a "nicotine substitute" on board, though it did not offer details.
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