Air New Zealand plans to chop as much as 385 extra cabin crew jobs

Sydney, September 16

Air New Zealand Ltd mentioned on Wednesday it goals to chop as much as 385 extra cabin crew jobs as a result of lack of long-haul worldwide flying, which might take its COVID-19 associated job losses to round 37% of its workforce.

The share determine is larger than the cuts to almost 30% of jobs at Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd and round 20% at Singapore Airlines Ltd.

Air New Zealand mentioned in a press release it will want fewer cabin crew as a result of decline in demand on North American routes, which had led it to cut back return flights to Los Angeles to 3 per week from every day and convert San Francisco flights to cargo solely.

“In the foreseeable future, we have around 385 more widebody cabin crew in the business than we have work for,” an airline spokeswoman mentioned. “Any decision we make will be made in consultation with our people and the unions, with redundancies as the last resort.”

E tu, the union representing flight attendants, mentioned in a press release the most recent job cuts are proposed to be carried out by December. It referred to as on Air New Zealand to cease outsourcing work to a cabin crew rent firm in Shanghai.

Air New Zealand declined to touch upon the timing of the deliberate cuts. The airline had introduced 4,000 job losses earlier than the most recent proposal to chop cabin crew.

The airline mentioned final week it will prolong the grounding of its Boeing Co 777 fleet till at the very least Sept. 2021 as a result of ongoing influence of the pandemic, although it has a fleet of 787-9s it may use for long-haul flying.

Its prospects within the home market had been boosted this week by the top of a requirement for bodily distancing on flights that can permit it to promote all the seats.

Air New Zealand mentioned on Tuesday it will fly a home schedule of round 70-75% of regular ranges, whereas Qantas-owned low-cost rival Jetstar Airways mentioned it will resume home providers from Sept. 17 at round 60% of regular ranges. Reuters

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