Air France transfers 36 pilots to Transavia

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Air France has so far succeeded in transferring 36 pilots from its mainline operation to its low-cost leisure division Transavia France.

Last summer, it began offering its pilots five to six months of salary to incentivise transfer to the subsidiary.

The one-off deals to switch are worth €30,000 ($40,000) for a first officer and €60,000 for a captain. At Tranasvia the pilots keep the same salaries they earned at Air France, but work around 15% more hours.

Transferring the pilots to Transavia - which has a lower unit cost than Air France's mainline operation - is part of the SkyTeam carrier's efforts to turn around its short- and medium-haul operations under Air France-KLM's group restructuring programme, dubbed Transform 2015.