Emirates lay-off 700 flight attendants and 600 pilots in latest job cuts

Emirates has slashed 700 flight attendant and 600 pilot jobs, according to Arabian Business. It is said that these crew affected are said to be those who flew on the A380 fleet, or in training for the aircraft.

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In a statement to Arabian Business, Emirates said, "as previously communicated, we at Emirates have been doing everything possible to retain the talented people that make up our workforce for as long as we can. However, given the significant impact that the pandemic has had on our business, we simply cannot sustain excess resources and have to right size our workforce in line with our reduced operations.

"After reviewing all scenarios and options, we deeply regret that we have to let some of our people go. This was a very difficult decision and not one that we took lightly. The company is doing everything possible to protect the workforce wherever we can. Where we are forced to take tough decisions we will treat people with fairness and respect. We will work with impacted employees to provide them with all possible support."

Early reports of work cuts

Bloomberg earlier reported that Emirates was to cut 30,000 jobs or 30% of its work force, however, the airline's spokeswoman said, "Any such decision will be communicated in an appropriate fashion. Like any responsible business would do, our executive team has directed all departments to conduct a thorough review of costs and resourcing against business projections."

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Worldwide airline downsizing

Airlines around their world have been downsizing their capacity and workforce as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Qatar Airways recently laid-off a number of their cabin crew as shown in a leak memo. Air New Zealand has also laid-off close to 1,000 cabin crew belonging to their Boeing 777 fleet. In the Philippines, Cebu Pacific laid-off around 150 non-regular cabin crew last March. 

It has been forecasted that it may take 2-3 years before air travel demand reach pre-CoviD levels.

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