JAL to cut 16,500 jobs by Mar-2011: reports
Japan Airlines Corp reportedly plans to reduce its workforce by a third, or by 16,500 positions, within the current fiscal year (12 months to Mar-2011) to lower labour costs by JPY81.7 billion (USD873 million) p/a (Nikkei, 06-Apr-2010). The proposed reduction, which is higher than the previously-proposed 15,700 reductions over three years, reportedly includes 5,405 workers from cargo and other peripheral operations, 2,460 flight attendants, 2,043 sales representatives and 775 pilots. Staffing at Kansai International Airport and Central Japan International Airport will also be reduced by 70% to 642 employees, according to the reports. Japan Airlines is currently seeking 2,700 volunteers for its early retirement programme, with two more rounds reportedly planned in the coming months.