Four offers to purchase have been submitted to the airline company Aigle Azur in liquidation, a-t-on learned Thursday from a source close to the folder. Air France and the group Dubreuil have announced to have renounced to their offers, just like Easyjet.
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Among the four bids include that of two former executives of Air France ; Lionel Guérin and Philippe Micouleau, that of Gerard Houa, shareholder amounting to 19% of Aigle Azur, that of Vueling, the low-cost airline group IAG, and an offer in its own name, according to the same source.
The company Air France, which was among the seven prospective buyers, "has not submitted new offers (...) considering that the conditions were not ripe for doing so," she said in a press release. She had considered making an offer combined with the group Dubreuil, the parent company of Air Caribbean and the French Bee. The latter has confirmed his withdrawal "in conjunction" with the Air France group.
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"The study of recent evidence which has come to our knowledge has revealed new problems, especially related to the liability for the company. The amounts at stake and the social risks associated with the recovery of the employees we allow to consider a recovery plan with reasonable and economically viable", he said in a press release.
The union Alter (second union among the pilots of Air France, a minority) argued against a reason cited by Air France, according to which "this recovery might affect the social climate of a more peaceful". To be clear, he had to repeat the pilots of Air'azur with their seniority, which would damage the careers of the pilots of Air France. "However, we have not even been asked. The drivers do not want to serve as an alibi for the withdrawal of Air France", indicated to the AFP Alexandre Rio, president of Alter.
For its part, the low-cost airline Easyjet has merely had "taken the decision to withdraw from the process for the acquisition of a part of the activities of Aigle Azur".
The tribunal of commerce of Evry has decided on Monday, the winding-up of Aigle Azur, in a situation of cessation of payments, but granted him a stay until 27 September, leaving one last chance for potential purchasers to refine their offers. He should consider Monday the new offerings.Updated Date: 22 September 2019, 00:00