Coronavirus: Air New Zealand to make up to 1460 cabin crew staff redundant

An email was sent by the airline to crew members on Thursday afternoon.
An email was sent by the airline to crew members on Thursday afternoon. Photo credit: Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is planning to make nearly 1500 cabin crew employees redundant as the airline fights for survival during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an email sent to staff on Thursday afternoon and cited by Newshub, employees were told up to 1460 cabin crew members may lose their jobs.

"We know time is not on our sides as we burn through just under $14 million a month in crew salary costs," the email said.

Cabin crew jobs on the line:

  • Airbus A320 cabin crew: Up to 300 
  • Widebody cabin cabin crew from across the Boeing 787 and 777 fleet: Up to 950
  • Regional crew from across the ATR and Q300 aircraft: Up to 210

Last month, the Government and Air NZ agreed to a debt funding agreement in the form of a commercial 24-month loan of up to $900 million.

The news of Air NZ's plan to slash cabin crew numbers comes two days after the New Zealand Air Line Pilots Association said it was told by the airline of its intention to make 387 pilots redundant.

The airline had earlier signalled that it would need to reduce its 12,500 strong workforce by up to 30 percent.

That's around 3750 jobs.

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