EMPLOYEES BID ADIEU TO AIR FRANCE'S CARGO CHIEF

EMPLOYEES BID ADIEU TO AIR FRANCE'S CARGO CHIEF

U.S. employees of Air France's cargo division paid a fond and emotional farewell Friday evening to Camille Allaz, the man who has headed the French carrier's cargo operations for the past 10 years.

Speaking for the group of 50 or so employees, including representatives

from all of Air France's U.S. stations, Ann Wadman praised Mr. Allaz as a man of exceptional integrity who had a personal concern for his employees rarely found in the business world."He never asked more than what he was prepared to give," said Ms. Wadman, the carrier's U.S. cargo marketing director.

Those sentiments, which included warm praise for Ms. Allaz, were echoed by other Air France employees in private conversations with a reporter who was the only outsider present.

But the tribute also reflected the employees' concerns about the French carrier's financial condition and the future of its cargo activities.

A song written by one of the employees and sung by the group included these lines:

"Our rates are declining and we are a-pining

Wondering what our future might be."

The chorus began like this:

"You picked a fine time to leave us, Camille

Ten empty freighters and bellies to fill

You've seen us through good times

Been there through the bad times

But nothing as scary as this

Oh, Mr. Allaz, you'll be missed."