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Air France Plans to Fight Budget Rivals on Costs, Not Fares

  • Original plan to pay Boost pilots less has been dropped
  • SNPL union says further talks needed as division set up
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Air France pilots approved the carrier’s plan to carve out a new, lower-cost business to counter increasing pressure from rivals, marking a rare agreement with workers after years of contentious labor relations at the carrier.

Flight-deck employees represented by the SNPL union, who account for two-thirds of pilots at the French arm of Air France-KLM Group, voted 58.1 percent in favor of the proposal to create the unit, provisionally dubbed Boost, the labor group said Monday in a statement. Further talks are needed to refine the plan, it said.