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Skyservice Lays Off 200 Flight Attendants  
User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4317 times:

Spoke with some SV FA pals, who told me Skyservice is laying off approximately 200 flight attendants effective 01 May for all of May, June,
and perhaps July.

Low Euro sales are the primary reason behind the cuts. Normally SV
does lay off seasonally, but the numbers this time are a record. I was
also told that a number of planned U.K. pairings (flights) are being dropped
for the 2003 summer season. Hopefully, most or all of these FA's will be back on the line by July.

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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4205 times:

I heard about the SSV layoffs, but I didn't think it was that serious. Seems to me that SSV has always trimmed staff around this time, but if I'm not mistaken last year they hired f/a's in the beginning of summer.

I sincerely hope this hasn't affected any airliners.net member.

Does anybody know the status of Air Transat layoffs? How many and for how long?

All you f/a's, Jetsgo is hiring!  Big grin



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineYow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4176 times:

It might also have something to do with the fact that this was the biggest winter charter program they have ever operated.

User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4175 times:

The SV layoffs include the planned closing of some Canadian bases, which operated only for the winter season (eg YXE) if I'm not mistaken. SV is currently sourcing around the globe for work to utilize their 2 parked A330's in ZRH. My SV pals told me 2 crews were positioned to Africa last Friday for a 2 week schedule/pairings of flights from Africa to JFK. Also 1 or 2 crews are to be stationed in Italy for 2 weeks, working pairings from either MXP or FCO.

I'm having dinner with 2 TS ex WG colleagues on Thursday, and I will most certainly find out what the status with their summer schedule/pairings is.
All I know is their (TS) numbers are REALLY down, as TS has offered our firm
and other travel firms reduced travel to Europe from now to June 24 for only
CAD$200 return fare; CAD$100.00 return for all points in Canada and CAD$100 return for Florida destinations. You know things are not good when these reduced fares are being offered to Euro for May and June (last return date
10 July, 2003).

re Jetsgo: glad to hear someone is hiring! I rather feel for anyone trying to enter the industry at this particular time (and for the next 2-3 years). As a matter of fact, I am hearing of friends and colleagues in the industry who are now looking at other horizons for career opportunities.


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4159 times:

"It might also have something to do with the fact that this was the biggest winter charter program they have ever operated."

True, it was indeed, and as I stated, a number of these layoffs were to be expected. However, I will tell you that as I work in the industry, I, my colleagues and everyone we deal with at airlines, DMC's, hotel sales/marketing contacts etc. all agree this has got to be one the roughest periods in close to 30 years, even more so than post 9/11, what with SARS and the Iraq conflict. I myself have been in the industry for about 17 years now, and personally I agree things have never been this serious. BUT.......but....it shall re-bound again. It always does, it's just that it's going to take a little longer than usual (many in the industry predict not until late 2005/early 2006) will revenue and numbers reach quasi normal levels.

Russ Payson is one smart cookie; I have no doubt he and his team will
be successful at sourcing contracts for SV (they already have with Africa and
Italy so far).


User currently offlineCorsairf/a From France, joined Oct 2000, 373 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4154 times:

There are rumors that Corsair will leased a A330 from Skyservice for the summer time. By the way the B767 leased from Britania will stay in the fleet for one year, as the airline cannot find a B747-300.

User currently offlineCrosswind From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 2598 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4145 times:
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Canadi>nBoy,
Careful with your use of the codes!
SV is the IATA code for Saudi Arabian Airlines - which is what's illustrated if you hover your mouse over it!

Skyservice's IATA code is 5G  Smile

The 200 "layoffs" just sound like a normal seasonal-readjustment, I'm assuming these are just staff taken on seasonal contracts which are coming to an end rather than permanent staff who are having their employment terminated?

Best Regards
CROSSWIND


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4137 times:

"Canadi>nBoy, Careful with your use of the codes!"

Well slap my ass 50 times and call me Weezie!!

Yeah, I know the %G Sabre/Apollo code, but fer some reason, I always
call it SV as opposed to SSV, and yes, I mentioned the seasonal layoff,
temp base closings.


User currently offlineRootsgirl From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 530 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4089 times:

Yes, folks it is true about the lay offs at SSV. Main # 1 reason??? SSV was contracted by Conquest to operate CF-RAP, dailysto the United Kingdom. 5 days from YYZ and 2 days from YVR and YYC.

Apparently according to Russ Payson at a company meeting last Tuesday, the reason for the layoffs were low ticket sales to the U.K. suspected cause - SARS and the Iraq war. Conquest has cancelled those flights completely and although they are still selling seats on the Conquest web site, passengers will not be travelling on SSV or CF-RAP.

CF-RAP is just sitting there. Personally, I think that Conquest should just use RAP and go to the U.K. - hoping that the sales will improve. And, they should advertise more...Jetsgo has billboards so does Westjet.

So, until the economy picks up SSV will not be flying North Atlantic. We will remain with the Italy and Dublins only.

Conqest has been notorious for almagamating flights to different destinations and cancelling flights all winter. I hoped that they would stop this practise for the overseas program, but no, they have not.

Russ Payson assured us all that we are still financially very stable, however, he is not willing to risk anything after what happend with Rootsair. I guess you can't blame him. SSV has picked up flying for Ghana Airways, and are utilizing RAV and RAE, ( previously contracted to Khalifa).

I am so sorry for all of the layed off flight attendants and can only say that I have faith that when things pick up, they will once again be back in the air...or you can apply at Jetsgo. And cudos to Jetsgo...they are kicking some butt!


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

Rootsgirl, thanks for the insight. It's really a shame that both SSV and TS are laying off at this time, but I guess it's inevitable. Some of the f/a's could apply at Jetsgo, but Skyservice would be more fun!


"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineCX829 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4032 times:

>> SSV has picked up flying for Ghana Airways, and are utilizing RAV and RAE, ( previously contracted to Khalifa).

Incorrect. RAV has been sitting in ZRH since Mar 15.


User currently offlineRootsgirl From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 530 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4025 times:

Sorry about RAV. Am I under the impression that crews have been deployed for the operation of RAV?

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