All 3,300 American Airways flight attendants out on voluntary leaves of absence will return to work for the vacation journey season in November and December, the corporate mentioned Thursday.
About two-thirds would require coaching earlier than returning to flights, based on the Fort Value-based provider. Coaching necessities will fluctuate primarily based on when flight attendants final accomplished their annual coaching.
Along with canceling the remaining leaves, American may even resume hiring and coaching new flight attendants after pausing recruitment in the course of the pandemic. The corporate plans to rent 800 new attendants by March 2022.
Earlier this week, the Affiliation of Skilled Flight Attendants despatched a letter to its 28,000 members informing them of the approaching recall. The flight attendants on go away weren’t scheduled to return till subsequent yr.
Voluntary leaves had been one of many steps American Airways took final yr to gradual its losses because the COVID-19 pandemic decimated the air journey business. The airline provided pilots voluntary leaves starting from a month to 6 months and as much as a yr for flight attendants. Each teams had been additionally provided early retirement packages.
American filed an optimistic replace for buyers Tuesday, reporting income for the primary time in 15 months and anticipating additional progress within the close to future. The corporate “generated money” in June, primarily ensuing from elevated trip journey. Enterprise journey is recovering extra slowly.
Brady Byrnes, vice chairman of flight service for American, mentioned in a letter that he’s excited to see staff returning, and stays optimistic about the way forward for the airline.
“We’ve had fairly the journey over the previous 18 months, however I can’t consider a greater staff of pros outfitted to welcome again our clients,” Byrnes mentioned. “Thanks for all the pieces you’re doing to take care of our clients and your colleagues throughout this very busy summer time.”