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Air France-KLM Group pilots canceled a strike scheduled for Friday after chief executive officer-designate, Jean-Marc Janaillac, offered them a deal, the principal unions said.
The agreement will keep pilots on the job while suspending implementation of compensation changes, the unions said. French magazine Marianne reported earlier that pilots at the Air France arm had been asked to rule out striking before November in return for a new “social contract” with the airline.
“The leadership accepts this outstretched hand, confirming its will to see a new era in the history of the company,” the SNPL, SPAF and Alter unions said in a statement. Their six principal demands remain unchanged and the strikes could restart if they aren’t met, the unions said in the statement.
Pilots oppose productivity measures requiring them to work longer hours for the same pay. They also want the airline to orders more planes. A four-day strike that ended June 14 forced Air France to cancel 20 percent of its flights, costing it 40 million euros ($45 million), based on a preliminary estimate and potentially harming bookings.
The Paris-based airline couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.