Delta Air Lines won’t be furloughing any flight attendants this year, even as its largest competitors lay off thousands.
American Airlines is furloughing 8099 flight attendants. United Airlines is furloughing thousands as well.
While Southwest Airlines isn’t furloughing anyone, and Delta can’t say that, since they’ve announced nearly 2000 furloughs for their unionized pilots, they are able to avoid doing the same thing with their cabin crew.
A month ago they shared that 17,000 total employees were leaving the airline voluntarily, and that they needed 3000 flight attendants to take leaves to avoid furloughs. Now Delta Air Lines has let flight attendants know that they don’t need to let anyone go from that work group.
A spokesperson confirms to me,
We’re grateful for the continued rallying spirit of Delta people during the pandemic. With the overwhelming response of flight attendants choosing to participate in our creative staffing options – and based on our current network schedule – we are positioned well to be able to successfully manage through our flight attendant overstaffing situation.
Delta’s cabin crew are celebrating.
Total number of Delta Air Lines flight attendant furloughs: ZERO! ✈️
Over 6-8K for the other big two carriers. Hope they can bring them back soon 🙏🏻 #flydelta
— Jordan (@Jschamberger) September 4, 2020
Delta just announced NO flight attendant furloughs. Such a happy day 🥰#DeltaProud
— Honey Bee Me 🍯 (@Lia_Deelux) September 4, 2020
Last Labor Day Delta gave its non-union workforce a big raise. This Labor Day their flight attendants get to keep their jobs. Sara Nelson’s AFA-CWA has been trying to organize Delta flight attendants but hasn’t been able to do nearly as well for her members at United Airlines. Delta has made a strong argument to its flight attendants not to unionize.
I’ve reached out to Delta and will update if they provide a response.