Sun, May 31, 2009
Some Positions To Be Eliminated
The memo was delivered to Delta pilots late last
week. Delta pilots union chairman Lee Moak said eligible
pilots who elect to retire could receive up to nine month pay and
benefits as part of an early-exit program.
Delta, and its subsidiary Northwest Airlines, have not said how
many of their combined 12,000 pilots they need to cut.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Delta has cut about
6,500 jobs throughout the company through voluntary buyouts and
early retirements, but pilots have not previously been included in
earlier job reduction programs. The airlines passenger count has
dropped nearly 8 percent compared to 2008, but has gradually
leveled out. All major carriers have deeply cut capacity as
demand declined during the recession. Delta plans additional cuts
on international routes in September.
Lee Moak said in the Wednesday memo that Delta expects all
early-retirement enrollees to leave the company by year end, but
Delta will have the authority to keep pilots through May 31, 2010,
"based on operational needs."
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