Yesterday One Mile at a Time shared what American is offering to pilots who are willing to take early retirement or a leave of absence. Here’s what they’re offering to flight attendants and it’s nowhere near as generous.
For pilots there’s an extended leave option that won’t make sense for very many people There’s also
- 1, 3, and 6 month leave options at around two-thirds pay
- Early retirement for pilots 62 years old and older who can take around two-thirds of pay until age 65
There are two voluntary options for flight attendants:
- Early retirement: 24 months of medical, dental and vision coverage at active rates, no pay but can keep retiree travel if eligible. This option requires 15 years with the company.
- Leave of absence: 6, 9, and 12 month options while continuing to receive “medical, dental, vision, life insurance and AD&D benefits at active rates” plus non-rev travel privileges.
Flight attendants are being given until Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. Central time to take one of these options if they choose.
American is warning that flight attendants shouldn’t expect long haul international flying to come back for quite some time and flight attendants can largely expect to be working domestic and short-haul international. They’re encouraging flight attendants who don’t want to fly domestic to take leave or early-out calling these “great options.”
The flight attendant reactions I’ve seen have been uniformly negative, unhappy that pilots are being offered partial pay on leave and they are not being offered any pay.
Reservations are not being offered leave “due to high call volumes.” It’s a good thing the plan to eliminate home-based reservationists hasn’t gone into effect yet, though the first tranche to go was scheduled to be the Reno office (closing in March when lease expires) followed by Dallas Fort-Worth on April 26.
Unless there’s some sort of commitment not to furlough employees as part of taking the government bailout package airline CEOs and their lobbyists have been pushing for, I’d expect to see furloughs coming next.