Depends where they are on the seniority list. You’re a B777 captain, it’s a vacation; probationary F/O, yes a lose. I doubt many that are in danger of being furloughed took a LOA.
You aren’t thinking clearly, which is surprising for you. Typically you are spot-on.
Lots of retirements in the last 15 days; pilot training is suspended until at least May 1st, all new hire classes are cancelled. Training planners are reaching out to inform those poor souls of their unfortunate luck right now. Yes, furloughs are coming; advance entitlement bid is indefinitely cancelled. The 88’s are going to the desert faster than you can count; the older 757’s and 767’s will be there by the end of next week.
DALPA and the company are not playing ball well these days; it is the position of the union that the airline’s cash woes will be solved by the bailout package expected from the government and that furloughs, leaves, involuntary leaves are the company’s problem and that all of the cash on hand belongs to the pilot group....DALPA is just playing hardball....
They’re shutting down more than one half of their physical operation at DTW. Total closure of 50+ gates; All of C Concourse is closed, as is the south pier of B Concourse from B18, B20, B21 and total closure of the south end of A concourse, Gates A1 through A29.
Furloughs are coming, Delta fanboys. This isn’t gonna be pretty.
Air travel will not rebound from this for quite some time.