July 31, 2019 / 8:57 AM / 8 months ago

Air France pilots approve low-cost Transavia expansion: CEO

FILE PHOTO: A Transavia Boeing 737-800 airplane takes off at the airport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Paul Hanna/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Air France’s (AIRF.PA) main SNPL pilots union has approved an expansion of its low-cost Transavia services, group Chief Executive Ben Smith said on Wednesday.

Plans to expand Transavia beyond the 40-plane limit currently imposed by a labor agreement was put to the SNPL membership in a referendum. Pilots voted by 78% to approve expansion of the fleet, which now stands at 30 planes, the Air France-KLM CEO told analysts during a results presentation.

Reporting by Laurence Frost; editing by Richard Lough

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