Etihad airways said to cut 50 pilot positions by the end of January as it seeks to slim down operations.
The airline’s vice-president of flight operations Sulaiman Yaqoobi said in a memo “…Although our surplus of pilots remains around 160, our aim is to reduce 50 pilots from the entire population of 2,065. The process will be concluded by the end of January 2019, with those affected being approached directly by HR by next week.”
Last year, when Emirates was grounding aircraft due to shortage of Pilots, Etihad allowed their pilots to work for Emirates for a period of two years. This helped Etihad to reduce their pilot count, while Emirates was looking to increase their pilot count.
The Abu Dhabi based carrier, still has more than 150 aircraft on order, which include A350s, Boeing 777s and 787s.
Laying off pilots points that Airline may cancel some of the order backlog.
Etihad cut more than 4000 employees over the last 18 months from its 23,000 workforce, reported almost $3.5 billion in losses in the same period.