A breach between Air France and KLM is by no means at issue. KLM CEO Elbers considered such a split in the TV program Buitenhof inconceivable, although he emphasized that the French should quickly put things in order, because the damage of the pilot strikes at Air France threatens to become too great.
The strikes have Air France-KLM so far cost 400 million euros, this week was announced. This means the annual profit of Air France last year almost evaporated. “Of that 400 million you can also buy two Boeings 787,” said Elbers.
Air France CEO Janaillac also stepped up after the striking pilots refused to sign a wage agreement. It is “a very turbulent time”, Elbers said. “We have now completed fifteen days of strikes with major effects, especially for our customers.”
Although Elbers acknowledges that KLM has recently been responsible for the “majority of the financial results” within the group, a divorce is not an option for him. “Together we have a good starting position with the airports Schiphol and Charles de Gaulle, and thanks to Air France we now fly to fifteen destinations in South America and we can close better deals as a big party. It's nice to have a French brother next to you. but it must be a strong brother. “
The CEO was also visibly annoyed about the power outage at Schiphol two weeks ago. “In the first week of the May holiday, things went well, but after that it went into the soup.” He did not seem to agree with closing roads to Schiphol. “That is a very drastic decision, and our pilots can not get to the airport either.”