Delta Air Lines Inc pilots have voted in favour of a deal that avoids furloughs through January 1, 2022, in exchange for pay cuts, a union representing the pilots said on Wednesday November 25.
The 1,713 Delta pilots, who were expected to be furloughed on November 28, will now receive a partial pay of 30 hours a month along with medical benefits and vacation accrual while they stay off their jobs.
"I don't think there is any better way to welcome in the Thanksgiving season than with the achievement of protecting all our pilots from furlough," Delta's head of flight operations, John Laughter, said in a memo addressed to employees.
An Agreement That "Will Help Delta Navigate The COVID Crisis" And Emerge Stronger
"This agreement will help Delta navigate the COVID crisis and emerge a stronger airline in the end," Delta MEC, a unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, said in a statement.