American Airways to furlough 13,000 pilots, flight attendants, different employees

Feb. 4 (UPI) — American Airways has despatched out furlough notices out to about 13,000 workers, as federal coronavirus aid help will quickly expire.

Amongst these getting notices are 1,800 pilots, 4,200 flight attendants, 1,400 upkeep employees, 3,100 in fleet companies, 1,200 passenger service staffers, 100 dispatch workers and 40 cleansing crew members, the provider stated Wednesday.

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“We’re almost 5 weeks into 2021, and sadly, we discover ourselves in a state of affairs much like a lot of 2020,” American stated in a submitting with federal regulators.

“We totally believed that we might be a summer season schedule the place we might fly all of our airplanes and wish the total energy of our group. Regrettably, that’s now not the case.”

American stated the nationwide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is transferring at a a lot slower tempo than anticipated and new restrictions on worldwide journey, which require clients to supply damaging coronavirus exams, have “dampened demand.”

“We’ll fly at the very least 45% much less within the first quarter [of 2021] in comparison with what we flew for a similar interval in 2019, and based mostly on present demand outlook, we is not going to fly all of our plane this summer season as deliberate,” American added.

“Consequently, like final fall, we could have extra group members than the schedule requires after federal payroll assist expires April 1.”

The Allied Pilots Affiliation, the provider’s pilots union, stated it hopes for an extension of the federally funded Payroll Help Program, however positioned some blame for the furloughs on American’s previous fiscal choices.

“Administration’s unilateral actions over time, together with their remedy of our airline’s stability sheet, have positioned American in a extra precarious state of affairs than our opponents,” the union stated in an announcement.

“Collaboration with APA might be key if administration hopes to efficiently navigate these turbulent occasions.”

United Airways not too long ago stated it might have to put off as many as 14,000 of its employees.

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