Still no layoff numbers here at UA yet.
UA is offering up to 6 months unpaid leave, employees don't have to take the whole 6 months each department can decide how much or little block time they think their employees would be comfortable with, I think the lowest amount I've seen is a week. UA will allow full-time employees to work part-time hours while keeping their full-time benefits. This is huge because a lot of employees have stated they would be willing to work part-time if it means saving another coworker from a layoff, so this is now being offered.
All of these programs are an attempt to keep as many employees on the payroll while still reducing expenses, hopefully we get enough employee participation people taking a week or two weeks perhaps even a month of no pay. Ground employees voluntarily reducing their work hours from 40 to 20 per week. If we get enough employee participation the number of layoffs may not be as bad as originally anticipated (rumored). At the end of the day UA just needs to reduced expenses and save money how we get there total depends on how many employees take UA up on these offers. In management there are some employees who have offered to take a temporary pay cut if that pay cut means less people get layoff.
I wonder: Is it possible for some Flight Attendants to temporarily transfer to another division at UAL while on hiatus (EG: Cargo Division or back-end office work) or get additional certifications or training? I would also think for younger Pilots (and the fact that there was going to be a shortage before the virus) it could be a good time for some to hang at the training center in Denver to train on aircraft with more seniority.
American has cancelled all training on the 767/757 fleet for April and May. Initial and recurrent training. Ground instructors and simulator instructors are hanging in limbo, but paid so far. Voluntary leave requests close on Monday evening. The 767/757 fleet is undoubtedly toast at AA.
AA is drawing down their 757 and 763 fleets. Why would they provide training when those are likely very senior pilots from AW, US, and AA are likely holding those positions until retirement? It could be that when those folks retire, so does the actual fleet type by coincidence.
I would say the AA 763ER fleet is buying time but the 757s were filling in for the grounded MAX fleet before the virus. Aside the PHX-Based ex-US fleet, I would think the rest of the legacy AA 757s will be around for a little while once we rebound from this.