Air France Study Shows Excess of 560 Flight Attendants

Air France-KLM Group (AF) said it must eliminate as many as 600 cabin-crew posts from its main unit by 2014 as Europe’s biggest carrier pares flights to cut costs.

Voluntary departures from the Air France division will be sought, though flight attendants could be fired if unions fail to back the proposals and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Cyril Spinetta’s Transform 2015 savings plan, the company said.

Alexandre de Juniac, chief executive officer of the Air France brand, briefed cabin crew on the situation in a webcast this afternoon, spokesman Jean-Charles Trehan said by telephone.

Air France will have an excess of 700 flight attendants next year, 590 in 2014 and 560 in 2015, according to an internal study dated Nov. 28 and obtained by Bloomberg News. Any job cuts would be in addition to 5,000 that Spinetta is already seeking.

The “natural attrition” rate is about 300 crew a year, according to earlier remarks from a person with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified.

Transform 2015 aims to cut non-fuel costs by 10 percent from and shave 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion) from debt.

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