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Thu May 14, 2020, 11:16 AM

Delta to have 7,000 more pilots than needed in the fall: memo

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Source: Reuters

BUSINESS NEWS MAY 14, 2020 / 10:09 AM / UPDATED 41 MINUTES AGO

(Reuters) - Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), with more than 14,000 pilots on its roster, expects to have 7,000 more than it needs in the fall as the coronavirus pandemic weighs on its operations, according to a memo to flight operations employees seen by Reuters.

The memo follows Deltas announcement earlier on Thursday that it would no longer fly Boeing Cos (BA.N) wide-body 777 aircraft and some of the other older, high-maintenance jets, as the U.S. carrier looks to cut costs amid a steep fall in bookings.

I recognize that is an alarming number so its important to know that our intent is to align staffing for what we need over the long term, John Laughter, S.V.P. of flight operations, said in the May 14 memo, first reported by Reuters.

Laughter said that by the third quarter of 2021, the airline would have between 2,500 and 3,500 pilots more than needed to fly its schedule, even accounting for pilots who will reach mandatory retirement age between now and next summer.


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-delta-air-pilots-e/delta-to-have-7000-more-pilots-than-needed-in-the-fall-memo-idUSKBN22Q2B4



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And to just think, this is going to everyone's jobs on the furlough list, aircraft maintenance, flight attendants, pilots, maintenance control, fueling, you name it.......and this could have been somewhat prevents if whats is name , oh yeah, BLOOD ON HIS HANDS, had not dismantled the agency to protect the country...................

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turbinetree May 14 OP
dalton99a May 14 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot May 14 #2
Wellstone ruled May 14 #3
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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2020, 11:21 AM

1. There is a domino effect that spreads beyond those immediately affected

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2020, 11:24 AM

2. Wow. And to think that just a few months ago there was a pilot shortage.

Before I retired I worked for Delta (NWA before the merger) and saw first-hand the fluctuations in crew staffing as economic circumstances changed. Airlines are one of the canaries in the economy's coal mine because one of the first things to go in hard times is discretionary travel. After 9/11 a whole lot of pilots were furloughed and didn't come back for quite awhile, but eventually hiring increased dramatically. By the time I retired they were saying there would be a very serious pilot shortage within a few years. But now, I guess not. I recall one older pilot talking about how he'd been furloughed every 12 years or so, which sounds about right. Again.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Thu May 14, 2020, 12:13 PM

3. Is not tomorrow day 1

of the FAA new Landing and Take off slots schedule for all Airports? Saw a story out of California saying the new Schedule will cause tens of thousands of lay off.

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Response to Wellstone ruled (Reply #3)

Thu May 14, 2020, 12:54 PM

4. It's the other way round, I think.

Airlines have reduced their flights by as much as 90%, and some have cut routes or airports altogether. I know that Delta has stopped flying to some airports where there is a larger one in the area. So the new landing and takeoff schedules are probably based on the fact that there are fewer total flights and the remaining ones are concentrated at the larger hub airports. The layoffs will probably be of airline staff and airport employees at the smaller airports that are being cut.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #4)

Thu May 14, 2020, 12:55 PM

5. Thanks.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Thu May 14, 2020, 10:15 PM

6. Right now there are voluntary furloughs and a 25% cut to hours

They have been very good at helping employees get through the unemployment process. All benefits are retained during the furlough. My bf is on a 12 month furlough as of last week.

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