De Juniac became CEO of Air France in 2011 and started leading the Air France-KLM group in 2013. His leadership that lasted only 3 years are marked by clashes with the French unions in an effort to cut costs.
Air France-KLM thanked de Juniac in a brief statement:
…”Members of the Air France-KLM Group’s Board of Directors would like to pay tribute to the outstanding work of Alexandre de Juniac in achieving the Group’s economic and financial recovery, enhancing its range of services and winning back customers. The Air France-KLM Board is delighted that these accomplishments have been recognized in the confidence of the IATA Board of Governors’ recommendation for Alexandre de Juniac to lead their global association. Alexandre de Juniac will be the first person coming from a French airline to lead IATA.”
Despite acknowledging financial recovery, the road for Air France-KLM to strong financial performance is a long one and some might have expected de Juniac to do more for an airline group that is facing financial and competitive difficulties.