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Air France reaches 787 agreement with pilots

Air France B787 Dreamliner

Air France has reached an agreement with pilot union SNPL over a dispute concerning training for its B787 aircraft.

The airline had been forced to ground one of its B787s on 1 May after SNPL blocked pilot training by B777-family instructors. As a result, the frequency of flights between Paris and Guangzhou was reduced and the service was operated by a B777.

Air France took delivery of its first B787 Dreamliner in 2016. The grounded aircraft was the carrier’s sixth Dreamliner, with more on order.

The airline and SNPL have now signed several agreements to allow the aircraft to be operated, including two to improve its flight safety management system and another to extend a specific agreement on B787 instructors to train pilots on the new aircraft.

In a statement, Air France said: “The negative effects resulting from the absence of an agreement and the suspended operation of a B787 will still be felt in the coming weeks, as the time lost in pilot training cannot be made up for instantly.”

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