17,000 ‘Heroes’ Including Former Pan Am, Northwest Employees Exit Delta Amidst Coronavirus Cutbacks

By Kurt Stolz on 30 July 2020
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Delta Air Lines said that 17,000 employees had opted for what it termed a “voluntary departure package.”

“This week marks the departure of a significant number of Delta people,” said the airlines CEO, Ed Bastian, in a memorandum to employees that was shown to Frequent Business Traveler.  Bastian noted that the airline “wasn’t planning on having so many members of our family moving on this year.”

Calling the “heroes,” Bastian noted that, while many spent their entire careers at Delta, others who are leaving started their careers at Pan American World Airways, Northwest Airlines, and Western Airlines.

The average tenure of an employee who is leaving is 25 years and the most senior employee who is leaving has 62 years with the company.

Bastian said that the departure of 17,000 workers will “minimize” the need for furloughs, but won’t eliminate it entirely.

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