Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Delta Air Lines Plans to Retrench: Lay off 600 Pilots, Retire 28 Jets

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Delta Air Lines Plans to Retrench: Lay off 600 Pilots, Retire 28 Jets

Article excerpt

ATLANTA (AP) _ Delta Air Lines announced Monday plans to lay off 600 pilots and retire 28 jets this year in another retrenchment for the nation's third-largest airline.

Airline executives said they were unsatisfied by a concession offer made by the Air Line Pilots Association and would not lay off flight attendants or other employees connected with the retired jets.

The layoffs, which amount to nearly 7 percent of Delta's pilots, are the first of permanent employees at Delta in 36 years.

"We believe that if ALPA had joined us, that some of this possibly could have been avoided," Delta Chairman and Chief Executive Ron Allen said, referring to pay and benefit cuts accepted by other employees.

The pilots should "stand shoulder to shoulder" with the other Delta workers, Allen said.

Delta, which monthly ranks as the third busiest carrier serving Will Rogers World Airport, said although the pilots union accepted a 5 percent pay cut, the union attached too many conditions.

Allen said the layoffs are not in response to stalled talks with Delta's pilots union, but that the timing was driven by a need to give notice of its plans to terminate the leases on the jets.

ALPA leaders in Atlanta responded cautiously to the announcement, saying they would study the fleet reduction to determine if it justified the layoffs. Gregg Holm, an ALPA official, said he was skeptical of Allen's position that the announcement had nothing to do with the labor talks.

"It seemed to me to be a media circus, which doesn't coincide with the statement that it was not related," Holm said.

The jet retirements and layoffs should save the airline about $100 million per year, Allen said.

Delta has been losing money at a record pace for two years, including a loss of $126.3 million in the last three months of 1992. For all of 1992, Delta lost $564. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.