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NW To Cut 1,600 More Flight Attendants  
User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Posted (13 years 8 months 16 hours ago) and read 3252 times:

Northwest Airlines announced on Wednesday that it will furlough 1,600 flight attendants over the next two months. The airline says the cuts are necessary because of continued airline industry weakness.

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User currently offlineAirNewZealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2549 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 15 hours ago) and read 3240 times:

I am sorry to all NWA flight attendants for hearing this news.
I know how hard it must be to be furlough, as many Flight Attendants enjoy their jobs throughly, and love to do what they do!!
May you all be called back soon!!


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5099 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 13 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

On the other hand, it was announced around the same time that NWA will add a daily non-stop from Huntsville to Detroit (HSV-DTW) early next year. I never knew there was that much of a demand here in Huntsville to go to the Motor City....they fly little Avro's from here to MEM (NW Airlink), and fly DC9s from BNA and BHM to DTW. We're in the middle between BHM and BNA.

I dont know if they'll use a RJ or a DC9 here. I'm guessing the RJ. Distance from here to DTW is about 600 mi.


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User currently offlineNwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 12 hours ago) and read 3191 times:

Actually NW is trying to get voluntary leaves from flight attedants before it does any layoffs. These leaves would be temporary, probably lasting until the spring or summer or until demand increases again.

1600 is alot of people to cut, so sadly, they will not all be voluntary and I am sure some NW flight attendants will be furloughed.

BTW, the new DTW-HSV service is by Pinnacle using Pinnacle CRJs and crews.

User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1621 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 10 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

With all respect to the many, many flight attendants who enjoy their jobs, there are many who are very surly and curt to passengers and spend the whole flights hiding in the galleys. Those are the ones who I wish would get fired.

I have had both my best and my worst experiences with F/As on NWA. Anyway, I hope that the good ones who get furloughed will get called back. Unfortunately, the airline has no control over this as it is purely seniority based. It seems as though the old, cranky ones are untouchable.

User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4748 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 3 hours ago) and read 3122 times:

I agree with Saab2000, if you were able to furlough based on quality father than seniority, the 1600 names would be very different. This is a big problem at Continental, there are some that have no right to be serving people at all that will keep their jobs and others that are great that will lose them.


User currently offlineNwa757300 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 304 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 3103 times:

Actually NW isn't laying off 1600 MORE. NW is offering 1600 leaves for next year. The 2000+ leaves that were previously offered are expiring and after they crunched staffing numbers for next year they decided that they will have an overage of 1600 FAs. The press release was a little misleading and the media loves to blow things out of proportion. So, it's not as dire as it seems. Thank you everyone for your kind words. We just all have to hope this industry will recover soon and get everyone back to work and the airlines hiring again.

Check out this press release. The 4th paragraph down makes it a little more clear.


User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 3100 times:

The actual reduction target for November 2002 is 1593. Of these, 1223 will be filled by voluntary leaves, and 370 will be furloughed.

For December 2002, the reduction target is 1296 of which 1135 have been filled by voluntary leaves to date.

For January 2003, the reduction target is 1609. No details on the proportion of leaves/furloughs are available as yet.

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