Air France-KLM Shakes Up Leadership Team in the Name of Sustainability

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LONDON – This week has seen Air France-KLM shake up its leadership team in the name of sustainability. Let’s take a deep dive.

The airline group has made three changes representing a significant shake-up in how their subsidiaries are run.

Transavia France Experiences The Most Change…

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Transavia France of the Air France-KLM group made two announcements pertaining to this leadership shake-up.

Nathalie Stubler, the current CEO of Transavia France, has been appointed the Special Advisor to the Group’s Decarbonization Strategy.

Olivier Mazzucchelli, who is the CEO of HOP!, Air France’s regional airline, has been named as the successor of the low-cost carrier.

With this in mind, Hervé Boury, who is the Chief Operations Officer of the carrier, has been given the role of CEO at HOP!

Smith: Decarbonization the Goal of Air France-KLM…

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The CEO of Air France-KLM, Benjamin Smith, commented on these changes:

“Decarbonization and our ability to drive our business in a more sustainable way are among the most strategic challenges our Group has to tackle”.

“I would like to thank Nathalie Stubler for the remarkable and tireless work she has carried out together with her teams at Transavia (France) over the past 7 years.”

“I warmly welcome Olivier Mazzucchelli as the new CEO of Transavia (France) at a turning point for the company as the airline prepares for the entry into service of the Airbus A320NEO family of aircraft in 2023.”

“I also would like to congratulate Hervé Boury, who will build on the work of his predecessors to ensure the long-term future of HOP!.”

Air France-KLM & Decarbonization…

The Air France-KLM Group have clearly set out over the last few years their strategy towards decarbonization and sustainability.

First off, we have the fleet within the group. The group has set out plans to have 64% of its fleet consisting of new-generation aircraft by 2028.

This, in turn, will generate around 15% worth of savings in terms of CO2 emissions.

Within that fleet development, Air France-KLM aims to use a mixture of more than 10% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by 2030, which will exceed requirements set out by the European Commission.

In the cockpit, Air France-KLM is encouraging pilots to use the most energy-efficient procedures, such as detailed flight plans, adjusting speed, landing configurations, as well as taxiing with a single engine.

In terms of what they have achieved already, the airline has removed 48% of its single-use plastic items since 2021.

Around 80% of their Airbus A340 fleet has been decommissioned, with the jets being reused or recycled for other uses.

Finally, by 2030, the group aims to use 50% less non-recycled waste compared to its output in 2011.


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It remains clear that Air France-KLM is definitely ramping up its plans toward decarbonization, and the newest announcement in leadership changes reflect that.

All eyes will be on the group to see whether they achieve their targets by the end of the decade, as well as what their further plans will be for net zero by 2050.

Either way, the Group does seem to have everything in place. All they need to do now is implement it further into the real world.

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