Covid-19 Impact: British Airways Sacks 350 Pilots, Places 300 In Pool For Rehire

The majority of pilots being ‘pooled’ will be Boeing 747 jumbo jet first officers.

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June 29, 2020

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The pandemic has had widespread repercussions across the world. It has not only caused a huge number of deaths but also led to a global economic recession, leading to lay offs across industries. With travel restrictions still in place, the airline and tourism industry has suffered the most. British Airways (BA) is the latest to join the ranks of Emirates and Qantas Air as far as job cuts are concerned.

On June 28, it was reported that British Airways had reached a deal with its pilots, according to which 350 of them would be laid off while another 300 would be put in a ‘pool’ for rehiring when needed.

BA had earlier said it needed to cut 12,000 jobs and proposed pay cuts for cabin crew. According to reports, captains and first officers who have been placed in the pool do not have an aircraft to operate at present and will get half of their salary. The rest of the operating flight crew will take a 15% pay cut.

Once the ‘pooled’ pilots return, operating flight crew members will get 7.5% of their deducted pay back, while the rest of the pay cut will be lost, the report added.

The majority of pilots being ‘pooled’ will be Boeing 747 jumbo jet first officers.

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