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NW To Cut 1,600 More Flight Attendants

Thu Oct 03, 2002 9:32 am

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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RE: NW To Cut 1,600 More Flight Attendants

Thu Oct 03, 2002 9:56 am

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!!

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RE: NW To Cut 1,600 More Flight Attendants

Thu Oct 03, 2002 12:22 pm

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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RE: NW To Cut 1,600 More Flight Attendants

Thu Oct 03, 2002 1:02 pm

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.
 
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RE: NW To Cut 1,600 More Flight Attendants

Thu Oct 03, 2002 3:42 pm

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.
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RE: NW To Cut 1,600 More Flight Attendants

Thu Oct 03, 2002 10:10 pm

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.


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RE: NW To Cut 1,600 More Flight Attendants

Fri Oct 04, 2002 12:08 am

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.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/021002/mnw011_1.html
 
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RE: NW To Cut 1,600 More Flight Attendants

Fri Oct 04, 2002 12:12 am

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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