Sign of the times: Singapore Airlines not keeping pilots

Courtesy Singapore Airlines

Courtesy Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines (SIA) is releasing 76 pilots employed on fixed-term contracts by June 30, 2013. The cohort is said to make up 4 per cent of its pilot pool.

SIA said in a statement it released that the airline currently has a surplus of pilots to its operational requirement, the consequence of the 2009/2010 global financial crisis which resulted in excess capacity and slower than expected growth.

This is the culmination of earlier efforts to address the surplus, such measures that include voluntary no-pay leave and suspension of cadet pilot recruitment. SIA said it would assist affected pilots find employment opportunities within the SIA Group or other airlines.

This is not the first time that SIA is letting pilots go. It will go down as yet another sign of the times that one may yet again be cautious about being too upbeat in seeing the good days finally rolling back!

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About David Leo
David Leo has more than 30 years of aviation experience, having served in senior management in one of the world's best airlines and airports. He continues to maintain a keen interest in the business, writes freelance and provides consultancy services in the field.

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