Fred Reid is the VP-Marketing at DL. In his comments to employees tonight via conference call, he mentioned that a reduction of 15 - 20% is inevitable. Leaves of absence for a period of 1 - 5 years was mentioned as a means of averting layoffs, but there was no mention of a retirement package.
Within the next few days a definitive amount will come out for each workgroup. Likely by Monday, perhaps by this weekend.
Res will probably be hardest hit percentage wise. Call volume has dropped way off, and customers are using the internet to interact with the airline at a higher rate.
Some General Offices staff members will also be sent packing.
Inflight Service, Airport Customer Service (ticket counters, ramp, DL Skycaps) will definitely be affected with smaller outstations likely to be closed.
Mechanics. Very hard to find and train A&P certified mechs. They probably will not be hit too hard, if any are let go at all.
Pilots. Likely to see furloughs of over 1,000. There are however 1,700 - 1,800 pilots that are in the reserves of the Armed Forces. If there is a total activation of reserves, it may be proportional to the cutbacks within that work group.