On 21 June, Air France has announced a restructuring plan "transform 2015" with 5,122 job cuts by December 2013. Air France expects 1,712 natural departures and aims to negotiate a departure plan for the remaining 3,410 other employees. The management has started the negotiation process with the unions with the aim to avoid forced redundancies.
The restructuring comes in a bid to increase the competitiveness of Air France by up to 20%, while reducing its workforce around 10% and implementing a freeze on salaries and promotions. The working time of pilots and cabin crew will increase from 530 to 655 hours of flight (730 hours on long distance) and the number of cabin crew members will decrease to one employee for 45 passengers.
Air France also announced to develop its low-cost company Transavia that will recruit 340 pilots.
Update 14 May 2013: after the signature of an agreement between management and employees' representative of cabine crew in March 2013, the management of Air France has announced to its Central works council, on 13 May 2013, a plan of voluntary departure for 400 employees and other measures as early retirement for 100 others. A total of 500 full time positions will be cut (about 600 to 650 employees according unions).
As reported, France has applied for assistance from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).