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Air France Seeks Level Playing Field in Mideast, Telegraaf Says

Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union needs to take action to create a fair market for air traffic between Europe and the Middle East, Air France-KLM Group’s chief executive officer was cited as saying by Dutch daily De Telegraaf.

Persian Gulf-based carriers including Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways Ltd. have together ordered hundreds of aircraft with financial support from their governments, the newspaper said, citing an interview with CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon.

“It’s not healthy that we fly 12 times a week to the Middle East and they fly 35 times to France,” Gourgeon was cited by De Telegraaf as saying. “No airline in the world is financially able to order 90 A380s. That can be done only with state guarantees.”

To contact the reporter on this story: John Buckley at johnbuckley@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Voss at sev@bloomberg.net

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