Air France suffered a 70% drop in revenue in August when its international network was operating at around 30% of full capacity, its managing director told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
The carrier, which is part of the Air France-KLM group, still burns 10 million euros in cash a day but is working to limit losses, CEO Anne Rigail said in an interview published Wednesday.
The airline group has formed a new transatlantic joint venture with Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic, replacing a previous partnership that included Italy’s Alitalia.
Rigail invited Alitalia, which is to be nationalized, to join the new group, even as a second tier member.
“Alitalia has been a long-standing partner and we will be offering them to join the joint venture as an associate member. I want to maintain a strong relationship with them, ”she said.
Rigail has ruled out an investment in Alitalia but has expressed interest in its offering of rapid tests for COVID-19 for passengers traveling on certain routes.
“Before we have a vaccine, we could reopen some routes with rapid tests like (Alitalia) knows in Milan and Rome,” she told the newspaper.
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