Hundreds of 'heartbroken' Air New Zealand cabin crew made redundant

Hundreds of "heartbroken" Air New Zealand cabin crew have been told they've lost their jobs, according to staff members who have asked not to be identified.

It's understood the airline is part-way through the final stages of downsizing its on-board staff numbers as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

"We are still working through the consultation process so I’m unable to provide any further detail at this stage," an airline spokesperson told Newshub on Tuesday night.

In April, documents revealed the airline's plans to make nearly 1500 cabin crew redundant.

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

During an online video last month, the airline detailed where the job losses would likely come from:

  • Up to 300 from Airbus A320 crew
  • Up to 950 widebody cabin cabin crew from across the Boeing 787 and 777
  • Up to 210 regional crew from across the ATR and Q300 aircraft.

In March, 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 airline has previously said it would need to reduce its 12,500-strong workforce by up to 30 percent.

That's around 3750 jobs.

E tū, the union representing some of the airline's cabin crew, is expected to comment sometime on Wednesday.