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Air France-KLM group to launch long-haul carrier this year

New outfit eyes fleet of 10 planes by 2020; plans afoot to hire cabin crew of 1,000

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AIR France-KLM has unveiled details about its new airline, Boost, which will front its quest to use the long-haul arm to compete against rivals such as the Gulf carriers.

Boost will be a full-service carrier like Air France, but the group is striving for lower operating costs so that it can take on routes where Air France has pulled out of or is struggling to eke out a profit.

By the end of this year, Boost (as it is known for now) will launch medium-haul flights; its long-haul operations are...

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