United Airlines Will Only Need 3,000 Flight Attendants in June

By Paul Riegler on 15 May 2020
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United Airlines, which will pay its 25,000 flight attendants through September 30, 2020 thanks to government aid, said it will only require 3,000 of them to work in June, several sources said.

The airline is currently flying 10% of its schedule, and it intends to continue at that rate until demand begins to recover.

“If you just look at a way in which our network is flying we’d need about 3,000 flight attendants to fly our schedule for June,” the airline’s managing director of crew resources, Michael Sasse, told employees on an conference call, according to people who were present on the call.

United does not foresee things improving in the immediate future.

“If demand remains significantly diminished on October 1, we simply won’t be able to endure this crisis… without implementing some of the more difficult and painful actions,” said Scott Kirby, the airline’s president, on an investor call earlier in the month.

The nation’s second largest carrier is said to be announcing voluntary separation options for flight attendants later this month according to a memo from the flight attendant’s union.

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