EUROPE & CIS: Air France turns to Delta for safety

Air France has asked its US partner Delta Air Lines to help assess its internal safety practices following the crash of an Air France jetliner in June that killed 228 people off the coast of Brazil. “We have asked our American partner to conduct an external analysis,” said Véronique Brachet, a spokeswoman for the French […]


Air France has asked its US partner Delta Air Lines to help assess its internal safety practices following the crash of an Air France jetliner in June that killed 228 people off the coast of Brazil.

“We have asked our American partner to conduct an external analysis,” said Véronique Brachet, a spokeswoman for the French carrier, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. But she said talks with Delta on the unusual request have not been finalised. The Air France-KLM group has a marketing alliance with Air France.

Air France chief executive Pierre- Henri Gourgeon had earlier said that the carrier would commission outside analysts to review its safety practices, in part because the crash remains unsolved.

The crash has focused attention on Air France’s safety record and pilot training. The carrier has had four significant accidents since 1999 andGourgeon said that before the crash, Air France’s accident record was better than the global airline-industry average, but now is average.

Gourgeon added that because the cause of the crash may never be known, Air France is addressing a broad range of possible problems behind it. “Even if we don’t know the reason, people must be certain that no stone has been left unturned,” he said.