United Airlines Voluntary Furlough Of Flight Attendants




United Airlines Voluntary Furlough Of Flight Attendants

By Daniel Baxter



July 27, 2009, Chicago, United Airlines announced that approximately 2,100 flight attendants have taken advantage of voluntary furlough and other furlough mitigation programs, once again eliminating the need for involuntary furloughs.

Last month, United announced it needed to reduce its flight attendant workforce, as a result of capacity reduction and lower attrition. Last year, the company announced a reduction of 1,550 flight attendants, which were all achieved through voluntary furloughs.


“We worked very closely with the Association of Flight Attendants to protect jobs and find solutions to prevent involuntary furloughs,” said Alexandria Marren, senior vice president – Onboard Service. “We are pleased to avoid the involuntary furlough of any of our flight attendants, and are grateful that many were able to take advantage of the voluntary programs as we continue to work through this challenging economic environment.” 

As of August 31, 2009, United will reduce the flight attendant workforce by a total 2,100 positions through voluntary furloughs and other furlough mitigation programs, including the original 1,550 voluntary furloughs from last year. Eligible participants will receive benefits such as medical insurance and travel benefits throughout the duration of their furlough. 

United Airlines operates approximately 3,300 flights a day on United and United Express to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations, is one of the largest international carriers, and employs over 48,000 employees.

United Airlines parent UAL Corporation has posted a profit, thanks to fuel-hedging gains. The airline has announced it will cut capacity on international flights another 7 percent this fall, reducing flights to match the lighter demand.

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