In a bid to more effectively compete with high-speed rail and low-fare airlines, Air France’s Regional affiliate will next year run a trial to determine if it can significantly boost aircraft utilization to improve its operating economics. The test will be run from Bordeaux, where the airline will base three or four of its Embraer regional jets–probably a mix of E170s and E190s–to determine if productivity can be increased significantly, says CEO Jean-Yves Grosse. The goal is to boost ...

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