Mr Goh said that SIA is working with Singapore-based unions to finalise the arrangements for affected staff and to minimise stress and anxiety for them. Singapore Airlines Ltd. said jobs are likely to be cut as part of a business review Southeast Asia’s biggest carrier has kicked off to revive earnings following a surprise quarterly loss. not expected to return to pre-crisis levels until 2024. Singapore Airlines' retrenchment will likely be one of the biggest by an Asian airline. The pilots were all Captains and employed on expatriate terms. In a press statement, SIA said that it had to cut about 4,300 position across its airlines, however, the retrenchment has been “mitigated by a recruitment freeze that was implemented in March 2020, open vacancies that were not filled, an early retirement scheme for ground staff and pilots, and a voluntary release scheme for cabin crew”. “Regrettably, these efforts were insufficient to avoid it completely and overcome the severity and prolonged impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said. This move by SIA to invite foreign pilots to make up for the supposed manpower shortfall is puzzling because just 2 years ago, SIA announced that it would be shedding (retrenching or voluntary retirement) 12% of its pilot pool due to the business slowdown and it claimed in 2016 that it still had more than enough pilots than it needed. The layoffs had been widely anticipated, and come as international travel continues to be paralysed. The land plot spans 0.56 hectare... By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. This is … Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SilkAir will offer a wider range of main courses on flights under 3.5 hours 1 from 1 December 2020, providing customers with a greater variety of local Singaporean and international favourites on these routes as part of its new Economy Class meal concept. “In order to remain viable in this uncertain landscape, the Group’s airlines will operate a smaller fleet for a reduced network compared to their pre-Covid operations in the coming years.”. Those who have had to abort training are mainly foreigners. Please confirm for access to all your SPH accounts. SIA had announced that it would slash about 20 per cent of its headcount - about 4,300 positions - amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has paralyzed the air travel sector. The Straits Times website, our local newspaper, reports that some local A340 pilots may well be retrenched too. The airline said in a statement: "The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group today announced the difficult decision to cut around 4,300 positions across its airlines. Within a year, SIA could have released 4,200 crew ( 350 a month x 12). The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group is potentially cutting 2,400 jobs across Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot amidst the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. The layoffs had been widely anticipated and come as international travel continues to be paralysed, with governments enforcing strict border controls to contain the pandemic. The 53-year-old pilot is one of the over 50 pilots under the SIA Group — whom TODAY understands are all Employment Pass (EP) holders — who … Her greatest worry now is of retrenchment – a mounting fear she said is rippling through the ranks of her colleagues. On 19 September, Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced that its pilot will be taking 10 to 60 per cent pay cuts starting 1 October after the SIA and the Air Line Pilots Association – Singapore (Alpa-S) reached an agreement that the pay cuts could save about 400 jobs. Some 2,400 staff across the three airlines under Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group will be retrenched as the embattled national carrier cuts 4,300 jobs amid the co Therefore there is no need for retrenchment exercise. The news article was published on Sunday (27 Sep). Regional airline of Singapore Airlines (SIA), SilkAir, announced today that it will be progressively closing down its offices in 18 regional cities. Mr Goh added that the airline has reached an agreement with its unions on a set of cost-cutting measures. The International Air Transport Association has said that passenger demand for air travel is not expected to return to pre-crisis levels until 2024. "This decision was taken in light of the long road to recovery for the global airline industry due to the debilitating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the urgent need for the group's airlines to adapt to an uncertain future.". This, while the rest of the aviation sector resort to bailouts and layoffs to contend with mounting losses and debt. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group’s trainee pilots and cabin crew are the latest to be affected in the company’s retrenchment exercise. There are no "expat" pilots left in the SIA group, they were done away with a number of years ago. Those who have had to abort training are mainly foreigners. Coronavirus: SIA offers cabin crew early retirement and release as part of further cost-cutting measures, 6,000 SIA Group staff take no-pay leave, so firm can cope with crisis due to Covid-19 pandemic, SIA faces hard choices, sooner rather than later. In September, SIA announced the largest retrenchment in its history with 4,300 positions, or around 20% of its staff, affected. SIA staff have also experienced pay cuts of varying degrees. He urged staff to rally together to get through this difficult period. You have reached your limit of subscriber-only articles this month. However, the final number of staff affected may be reduced to around 2,400 after factoring in previous measures such as early release or retirement scheme for pilots, crew and ground staff, as well as a recruitment freeze implemented in March. What then, about some of the SIA pilot trainees who were let go recently? Staff were told of this during a virtual townhall on Thursday (Sept 10). Locals, or Singapore citizens. Borrowing Money. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN. SINGAPORE - Retrenched Singapore Airlines (SIA) staff will receive one month of pay for every year of service, capped at 25 months, The Straits Times has learnt. Given the current challenges to profitability, SIA must leave no stone unturned in the intensifying dogfight for air supremacy - and this includes how it trains its pilots. SIA: All Trainee Pilots & Cabin Crew Won’t Be Hired; Half Already Let Go Of Immediately Written By Alexandra Tung Once again, it would seem that the dreams of those who wish to join one of the most prestigious airlines in the world have been dashed. AirAsia is looking to reduce their manpower as reports surfaced of the low cost airliner looking to retrench up to 300 of their staff due to the company being badly hit by Covid-19. According to MalaysiaKini, the lay off will involve 111 cabin crew. SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) and the pilots union remain in talks over lay-offs as the parent airline began its retrenchment exercise on Monday. All rights reserved. Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month for the first 3 months. He has a son in Secondary 1 who has lived in Singapore since the age of four, and he will have to adapt to a whole new education system when he returns to his home country. It said that the Group expects to operate at less than 50 per cent of its capacity at the end of the financial year in March next year, as compared to the levels before the Covid-19 pandemic. About 2,400 staff in Singapore and overseas will be retrenched, while the remaining 1,900 roles will be accounted for through natural attrition, recruitment freeze and voluntary-departure schemes. ... they’ll be returning home after the retrenchment. SIA had also over the years frozen pilot cadet recruitment and … Singapore Airlines has already hedged 59 percent of its fuel needs for the next four years at prices above $50 per barrel, meaning the airline is vastly overpaying for the time being. PERSPECTIVE: Singapore Airlines has recently cut 2,400 jobs, including pilots, ground staff and cabin crew alike. The retrenchment exercise – which affects about 2,400 staff – is being conducted at the SIA Training Center, near Changi Airport, for Singapore-based staff. Foreigners have so far been among the first to be let go. SINGAPORE – Twenty-seven employees will be affected by a retrenchment exercise at Boeing Asia Pacific Aviation Services (Bapas), a joint venture between The Boeing Company and SIA Engineering Company. “For our impacted colleagues, please know that this is not a reflection of your individual strengths and capabilities,” he said. In July, SIA had reported a $1.12 billion net loss in the quarter ended June 30 - its largest quarterly loss on record, as demand plummeted amid travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. SIA pilot Terence Soon, 29. The three airlines under SIA Group are SilkAir, Scoot Tigerair and national carrier Singapore Airlines. SIA foreign pilot: My fault for not applying PR and citizenship. Also read: PSP’s New GE Candidates Include 23-Year-Old Whose 1st Job Will Be MP If He Wins. SIA Group, which comprises more than 20 subsidiaries like Scoot and SilkAir, hasn’t had a retrenchment exercise: there were pay cuts and over 6,000 employees of its 27,000-strong workforce have taken no-pay leave. Btw this also means those IBs defending SIA / PAP saying what "cannot fire coz retrenchments benefits blah blah" can shove their argument up their ass, because we are seeing selective retrenchment. In a memo to staff, SIA chief executive Goh Choon Phong said it was a “painfully difficult decision” to retrench staff, the toughest one that he has had to make in his 30 years at SIA. The airline has let go about half of its cadet pilots and cabin crew trainees, while the rest will leave after their training is completed. This can number around 50 a month. 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Passenger carriage fell across SIA, SilkAir and Scoot, resulting in a 99.5 per cent decline for the company. 01-10-2020, 08:57 AM The 53-year-old pilot is one of the over 50 pilots under the SIA Group — whom TODAY understands are all Employment Pass (EP) holders — who received the news of their retrenchments on Sept 14. SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) and the Air Line Pilots Association - Singapore (Alpa-S) have inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which will see pilots taking a 10 per cent cut in their basic salary and an adjustment to their compulsory no pay leave (CNPL) scheme. Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the Air Line Pilots Association - Singapore (Alpa-S) have inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) which will see pilots taking a 10 per cent cut in their basic salary and an adjustment to their compulsory no pay leave (CNPL) scheme. Foreigners have so far been among the first to be let go. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs. SIA is interested on the passion and they will hire even with zero flying hours. Retrenchments have started for SIA and SilkAir cabin crew - a process expected to take place over the course of this week - while 50-60 pilots on employment passes were also understood to have been let go. 172 pilots and 50 engineers, and those involved will be notified via email within 24 hours. You can read this subscriber-only article in full, All done! Then consider a national pilot based in Singapore, with some 20 years service in SIA, and who depends on his job for his and his family's livelihood. ALPA-S wants to avoid a potential double whammy where pilots accept deeper pay cuts but end up facing further lay-offs down the line. A subsequent agreement between the flag carrier and its pilot union saw some 400 jobs saved in exchange for pilots taking salary cuts of between 10% to 60%. No. SilkAir staff will receive SIA salaries and benefits, which are generally better, according to The Straits Times. According to Business Times, SIA and pilots unions are still in talks over the arrangements of the retrenchment. They make up about 13 per cent of the 204-strong workforce at Bapas, which … The 53-year-old pilot is one of the over 50 pilots under the SIA Group — whom TODAY understands are all Employment Pass (EP) holders — who received the news of their retrenchments on Sept 14. SilkAir will also be letting go about 100 of its staff who are based in Indonesia, India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Myanmar, over the next 20 months. The National Trades Union Congress deputy secretary-general Cham Hui Fong said that Singapore Airlines Staff Union and the Scoot Staff Union have been working closely with the SIA Group management in the last six months on various measures to mitigate retrenchment. This is in addition to the 2,400 staff that were retrenched last week. I have prepared an application to join SIA as a cadet pilot, but am wondering if I should hold off for a while till the situation improves before sending it off. By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy. While there has been some reopening in recent weeks for essential business and official travel between Singapore and selected countries, including China, the passenger and flight numbers are a tiny fraction of pre-pandemic days. In September, SIA announced the largest retrenchment in its history with 4,300 positions, or around 20% of its staff, affected. The retrenchment exercise - which affects about 2,400 staff - is being conducted at the SIA Training Centre, near Changi Airport, for Singapore-based … Azrin was among the 2,200 crew and staff of Malindo Air who were served with retrenchment letters on Oct 30. On Thursday (Sept 10), SIA announced that it would slash about 20 per cent or 4,300 positions, amid the Covid-19 pandemic that has paralysed the air travel sector. © 2020 SINGAPORE PRESS HOLDINGS LTD. REGN NO. Subscribe to t.me/BizTimes. After taking into account a recruitment freeze, natural attrition and the take-up of voluntary departure schemes, the potential number of staff impacted will be reduced to about 2,400 in Singapore and in overseas stations. Passenger carriage fell across SIA, SilkAir and Scoot, resulting in a 99.5 per cent decline for the company. Singapore Airlines’s (SIA) CEO said retrenchment is the last thing on their minds right now. CALL +65 6388 3838 EMAIL btocs@sph.com.sg, OPERATING HOURS (+8 GMT) MON-FRI: 8:30AM-5:30PM, For daily updates on weekdays and specially selected content for the weekend. However, they have reportedly made plans to cut about 300 jobs, including pilots, cabin crew and engineers. Share gift link below with your friends and family. At the height of the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak in 2003 - which was less devastating than the current pandemic - SIA retrenched several hundred staff, including pilots and cabin crew. The article only mentions 30 cabin crew, which seems a very low number. RESEND Furthermore, the retrenchment exercise which cut 2,000 jobs cost the group $42 million, SIA disclosed for the first time since its announcement on the axe falling. The pilots were all Captains and employed on expatriate terms. Singapore Airlines (SIA) and the pilots union remain in talks over lay-offs as the parent airline began its retrenchment exercise on Monday. *** Most are already outsource. There are basically three types of employee: 1. Revenue for the group plunged 79.3 per cent to $851 million year on year, while expenditure dropped 51.6 per cent to $1.89 billion, the company said then. 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