7 Apr 2020

Covid-19: 387 Air NZ pilots look set to lose jobs

12:25 pm on 7 April 2020

Up to 400 Air New Zealand pilots look set to lose their jobs as part of the airline's plan to slash one third of its workforce.

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An Air NZ plane in Auckland (file). Photo: 123rf

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The Air Line Pilots' Association says it will fight the move to make 387 pilots redundant.

The association says it met several times yesterday with the Air New Zealand chief executive Greg Foran and his team to look at cost cutting measures.

Association president Andrew Ridling said it was told by the airline that the redundancy proposal for the pilots was "the most economically efficient surplus" from the new flight schedule.

Air New Zealand has slashed 95 percent of domestic and international flights after its income dropped by $5 billion to less than $500m.

Ridling said if the association cannot save every job, it will fight to ensure pilots can return to Air New Zealand if they choose.

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