The appointment of a non-French boss at the head of the Franco-Dutch group: a first for Air France-KLM.

Benjamin Smith should be made official as CEO and not as CEO at a Board of Directors this Thursday afternoon, August 16:

Canadian, he is currently number two at Air Canada, the company's air carrier and chief operating officer.

In this position he reorganized with the Air Canada organization and its Air Canada Rouge low-cost, for a period of ten years by signing agreements with the two aircrew unions.

He is described on the Air Canada website as "the visionary for the strategic and diversified expansion of Air Canada's global network , " and "the lead architect" in transforming Toronto Airport into a hub. International Air Canada. .

He would succeed Jean-Marc Janaillac who had to resign more than three months ago after being disavowed during a staff consultation on a wage agreement on May 4th.

Social negotiations between the company and its pilots remained unresolved.

This nomination has already been rejected by the FO and SNPL unions, the FO union Air France denouncing for its part on Twitter "the increase of 300%" of this prospective boss while the SNPL, the first Air France pilots' union KLM, estimates that the turnover of Air France KLM "plays politics of the worst" by delivering "the keys of Air France to the Americans".

The union of airline pilots VNV transmitted its complaints: the management has until Friday to answer them under penalty of strike.

A new standoff in perspective?

Andrew Preston for DayNewsWorld