Saturday, September 13, 2008

Alaska Airlines Sends More Airline Employees Packing

Alaska Airlines is the latest U.S. air carrier to save money on fuel by throwing employees overboard.

Today, Alaska Airlines announced that it was 10% of it's workforce, 1,000 jobs or roughly 7,000 extra gallons of jet fuel a month. Until airlines figure out how to operate without any employees, Alaska will keep a couple of people around however the recent cuts are going to impact all areas at Alaska Air.

The job cuts will affect pilots, flight attendants, aircraft technicians, customer-service agents and ramp workers and will take effect through early 2009, said Seattle-based Alaska Air Group Inc., which owns Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.

Last month, it announced other cutbacks, including ending service between Portland and Orlando, Fla., and between Vancouver, B.C., and San Francisco, both as of Aug. 24. It also is ending seasonal service on three routes between San Francisco and Mexico.

To save money, Alaska said it is trimming its flight schedule starting this winter by:

# Canceling unspecified lowdemand flights on Saturdays and holidays

# Reducing flights, typically by one round trip per day, in highfrequency markets, including Seattle to the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle to Southern California

# Operating some flights between Portland and the Bay Area with small regional jets operated by Horizon Air, rather than with Alaska's larger Boeing 737s

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