The airlines tried their hardest not to come to this point, but there is just no way around it. With the pandemic destroying international travel the most and a decent amount domestically airlines had no other choice.
The “pilot shortage” will be no longer. Yes, people will have to retire(keep in mind the ones getting furloughed are not the pilots with high seniority)and the need of pilots will fill those slots, but with the cloud of uncertainty with the virus and international travel you can’t hire in masses like the BIG 3 were planning on doing the next 5-8 years.
The following are the numbers(brace yourself):
Maintenance & Related-800
Flight Crew Training Instructors and simulator pilot instructors-12
Flight Simulator Engineers-0
Wholly Owned Carriers-3,000
Pilots - 2850 but could increase to 3900
Letters have been sent to a potential of 500 pilots being furloughed.
Pilots- up to 275 furloughed
Pilots - 117 ***
*** That said Spirit also worked pretty hard with ALPA and as a result saved those 117 jobs. Hats off to Spirit on that.
Flight attendants, and dispatchers could still be around 20-30%.
Alaska and Southwest
They are trying their best as of now to avoid any furloughs from any department.
Pilots - has put off any furlough talk till May ‘21
It will come to no surprise as regional airlines have suffered along the way and possibly will continue to.
GoJets may only keep up to 34% of their pilots on property. GoJets released an email to all pilots on property which stated the following:
- “Approximately 200 pilots will remain on property full time and fly according to the CBA (no reduced MMG)
- These are pilots who would be above the furlough line
- Approximately 200 pilots (100-200) will remain on property with a zero-hour guarantee (ZHG)
- These are pilots who would have otherwise been furloughed per section 17 of the CBA
- We are anticipating this will be relatively short term (return by the end of 2020)
- Remaining pilots (approx 188) will be involuntarily furloughed
- At this time it is unclear on the length of furlough for this group”
Source - company email
Pilots - 180-190 furloughs with 35-40 downgrades
Source - letter to employees
Pilots - 15-20% furloughed. 40 Captain downgrades.
Flight attendants- 500
Pilots- 400 pilot downgrades
Company wide- 2,000
Pilots - 350 potentially
Pilots - 581(461 FOs, 29 Captains, 91 already furloughed)
**the numbers without sources are from pilots who currently work there or from an email they received from their company.
As we already know TSA, Compass and Expressjet also closed their doors this year.
All that said, being a pilot is the best job (I am biased)and I am extremely blessed to be able to show up to a job i absolutely love. I don’t know how much longer I will have my job, but you better believe I cherish it like no other.
In my lifetime I have gone though 9/11, got laid off while working for US Airways (as an intern) and now this. If there is one thing I know is that the avgeek community is a strong and passionate bunch. And honestly, that’s part of the reason why we do what we do- passion for it.
Be safe and be optimistic. The sun always rises each day with new life and opportunity.