Air France - KLM



Air France-KLM is a Franco-Dutch airline. Air France was founded in 1933 and KLM in 1919. The two airlines merged in 2004. Both have had major accidents: A KLM crash in Tenerife, Spain, in 1977 recorded the highest number of casualties in history when it crashed into a Pan Am plane on take-off killing 583. An Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed in the Atlantic Ocean killing 228 people on board in June 2009.


Airline services


Top 5 Offense Groups (Groups Defined)Penalty TotalNumber of Records
competition-related offenses$350,000,0001
consumer-protection-related offenses$229,5002
safety-related offenses$217,5009
financial offenses$5,3361

(May 10, 2021)

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Article Archive

Air France-KLM still struggles amid Franco-Dutch illusions

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Financial Times | Peggy Hollinger

France is often criticised for its heavy-handed approach to cross-border industrial collaboration. Remember the tensions unleashed in the Renault-Nissan alliance when Paris pushed for a merger of the carmakers, knowing that Japan was strongly opposed?

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Videos & Podcasts
Air France : unions protest in front of airline's Roissy HQ
Air France shirtless bosses flee from angry protesters - BBC News
Protest as virus-hit Air France considers job cuts
Air France staff go on strike, grounding flights
PETA protest against Air France: Shocking footage of distressed monkeys


Historical References
B742 / B741, Tenerife Canary Islands Spain, 1977 - Tenerife airport disaster

Skybrary | Last edit December 6, 2018

On 27 March 1977, a KLM Boeing 747-200 began its low visibility take-off at Tenerife without requesting or receiving take-off clearance and a collision with a Boeing 747-100 backtracking the same runway subsequently occurred.


Recent & Ongoing Campaigns
Trade unions unite in protest at likely new Air France KLM boss

Reuters | Euro News | September 12, 2019

The major trade unions representing Air France KLM <AIRF.PA> staff issued a joint statement on Thursday to protest the likely choice of Air Canada <AC.TO> executive Benjamin Smith as Air France KLM’s new chief executive.

Air France KLM Deportations

Network 23 | October 26, 2016

Here are some protests that have taken place against deportations by Air France KLM in recent years:

Protesters Tear Air France Executives’ Shirts From Their Backs

Alan Taylor | The Atlantic | October 5, 2015

On Monday, October 5, union activists protesting against proposed layoffs at Air France-KLM broke through fences and disrupted a meeting, targeting at least two managers who were forced to flee the angry crowd, their clothes ripped from their backs.

Major Investigations
& Lawsuits
Netherlands puts KLM bailout on hold after pilots reject wage freeze

Reuters | October 31, 2020

The Dutch government on Saturday put on hold its plan to bail out KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, after pilots rejected a wage-freeze until 2025, Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra said.

Air France and Airbus to face trial over 2009 Rio-Paris crash, French court says

Air France 24 | May 5, 2021

Air France and Airbus must stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges over the 2009 crash of a Rio de Janeiro to Paris flight that killed all 228 people on board, a Paris court ruled on Wednesday. 

European airlines could face class-action suit over unpaid coronavirus refunds

Oliver Whitfield Miocic | Euro News | April 28, 2020

A British legal firm currently leading a class-action lawsuit against British Airways over its 2018 data breach is now threatening legal action against Air France, KLM and Ryanair over their refusal to refund customers whose flights have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DB Schenker and Air France-KLM reach price-fixing settlement

Stuart Todd & Will Waters | Lloyd's Loading List | February 19, 2018

Deutsche Bahn (DB) and its Schenker freight forwarding subsidiary have reached a financial agreement with Air France-KLM to settle a lawsuit against the airline group for damages for its part in an historical air cargo price-fixing cartel between December 1999 and February 2006.

Air France-KLM fined $350 million

Air France 24 | June 26, 2008

French-Dutch airline company Air France-KLM was ordered by the US Justice Department to pay $350 million for fixing air cargo prices in the US. Cathay Pacific, Danish carrier SAS and Martinair Holland were also charged.


Employment Practices
Virus-hammered Air France announces 7,500 job cuts

ANGELA CHARLTON and NICOLAS GARRIGA | Associated Press | July 3, 2020

Air France and regional subsidiary Hop announced 7,500 job cuts Friday after the virus pandemic grounded most flights and darkened prospects for future air travel.

Unions Protest After Air France-KLM Hires A Canadian CEO

Grant Martin | Forbes | August 19, 2018

The search for a new CEO is over at Air France-KLM. Late last week, the Dutch/French conglomerate announced that it would hire Benjamin Smith, the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Air Canada, to lead the embattled carrier. In a public release, the group shared that ...



Corporate Headquarters
45 Rue de Paris, Roissy CDG Cedex, France I0 95747
Most Recent Gross Revenue
$30.542 billion (2019) | source
Most Recent Net Revenue
$0.325 billion (2019) | source
Stock Exchange Tickers
Euronext: AF

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Tax Havens
& Evasion
KLM under fire again, now because of tax avoidance by pilots

NUNL | Teller Report | April 19, 2020

Hundreds of KLM pilots live abroad and therefore pay much less income tax to the Dutch state, Nieuwsuur reports Saturday.

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