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PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Aug. 22) - UNSA, a regional branch of one of Air France's labor unions, has announced a strike against the French national carrier starting on November 3.

The union is upset about the new Air France schedule starting November 1 for Papeéte-Paris flights.

UNSA claims this will eventually cause the layoff of Tahiti-based flight attendants and does not comply with an agreement at the end of another strike, in February 2004.

Air France announced last June that it plans to increase its number of weekly flights from Los Angeles to Papeéte from three to four starting November 1, using a 272-seat Airbus A 340 instead of the current 433-seat Boeing 747 aircraft.

This new schedule will result in a smaller weekly capacity of 1,088 seats, 211 fewer than the 1,299 seats offered by the current three weekly 747 flights.

Air France also plans to change the aircraft it uses on its LAX-Paris flights beginning on November 1. The French national carrier will use the more modern and fuel efficient Boeing 777-300ER, which has 310 seats overall (eight first class, 67 business class and 235 economy).

August 23, 2006

Tahitipresse: www.tahitipresse.pf

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