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Etihad Likely to Cut 50 Pilot Jobs This Month
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Etihad Likely to Cut 50 Pilot Jobs This Month

Follows 2018’s operational downsizing

TLME News Service

According to a Reuters report, Etihad Airways plans to cut about 50 pilot jobs by the end of January.

This follows the airlines’ recent cuts in flights and capacity by roughly 10 per cent.

An internal memo issued by the airline's vice-president of flight operations Sulaiman Yaqoobi is said to have announced a surplus of about 160 after the recent operational changes.

Recently, the airline has also cancelled orders with Airbus for 10 A320neos.

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Last year the airline had encouraged its pilots take unpaid leave for periods ranging from 1 to 18 months.

Etihad’s CEO Tony Douglas had earlier told Reuters in July 2018 the airline was becoming “more rational” as a result of signifiant losses in prior years amounting to around $3.5 billion.

The airlines 2018 financial results are yet to be published.

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