Despite the outward appearance of growth with the recent announcement about the addition of Bombardier Global 6000s to its fleet, NetJets Europe is seeking further voluntary redundancies from its pilot workforce in response to prolonged softening in demand for fractional shares and jet cards, the company confirmed. It has begun a consultation process with flight crews, repeating an exercise that it embarked on three years ago at the height of the financial crisis.
Termination of employment
Jet Aviation laid off 94 full-time employees at its completions and maintenance facility in Basel, Switzerland. The employees were let go last month but would be paid for an additional two or three months, depending on the terms of their contracts. According to a company spokesman, there will be a reduction of almost 200 people at the facility with the departure of some contract personnel and some staff who are leaving voluntarily.
NetJets Europe has achieved its goal of reducing flight crew capacity by 60,000 pilot duty days per year in response to declining demand for its fractional ownership and block charter services.
In hard times past, when an economic crisis resulted in reduced demand for business aircraft and business aviation services, layoffs were common, often with little notice and minimal compensation. In this recession, which has hit business aviation like the downhill run on a roller coaster with no bottom in sight, companies have sought to ease the trauma of job loss.
The hobbling economy has forced another company to cut personnel.
StandardAero has reduced its business aviation workforce by 119 employees, with layoffs in Springfield, Ill.; Los Angeles; Houston; and Augusta, Ga. A spokesman for the company said that the cuts, effective immediately, affect about 3 percent of the company’s 4,000 employees. “As has been the case with others in the industry,
Among the major business aviation industry employers–aircraft manufacturers and primary vendors–total job losses due to furloughs, layoffs and attrition are now approaching 20,000, and it appears that number will grow as credit remains bogged down and the recession grinds on.
After trying to cut costs by reducing wages and work hours, Duncan Aviation has “had to implement a reduction in its nationwide work force.” It is the first such action in Duncan’s 53-year history, the company explained in a statement. The layoffs affect 304 positions, including 170 at Duncan’s Lincoln, Neb. headquarters; 122 in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Mich.; and 12 at satellite avionics and engine facilities in the U.S.
Pratt & Whitney Canada said yesterday it planned to lay off 1,000 workers in the coming months, due mainly to falling demand for the engines it supplies to business jet makers. The cuts will affect some 10 percent of the company’s global workforce, 7,000 of whom work in Canada and the remaining 3,000 in other countries.
Nordam recently laid off 63 employees, primarily from its interiors and structures division, which is responsible–for the most part–for business aviation cabin components.
The Nordam Group recently laid off 63 more employees, primarily from interiors and structures operations, which are responsible for business aviation cabin components. According to incoming CEO Bill Peacher, who will take over effective January 1, the reduction in force to date has amounted to about 7 percent of the employment base, including salaried, hourly and temporary contract employees, as well as losses due to attrition.