Sin­ga­pore Air­lines Of­fers Crew Un­paid Leave

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Sin­ga­pore: Sin­ga­pore Air­lines said on Friday it is offering cabin crew un­paid leave in a cost-cut­ting mea­sure as it strug­gles to keep up in an in­creas­ingly tough mar­ket. The city-state’s f lag car­rier has been bat­tling strong com­pe­ti­tion from Asian low-cost car­ri­ers and Mid­dle Eastern air­lines, which now boast mod­ern fleets and top-qual­ity in­flight ser­vices.

The air­line, which posted a net loss in the fourth quar­ter of the last fi­nan­cial year, has launched a widerang­ing re­view and re­fused to rule out job cuts.

The com­pany said it had of­fered its cabin crew the op­tion of tak­ing un­paid leave be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber this year due to a “tem­po­rary sur­plus of crew”.

“Hav­ing tem­po­rary sur­pluses or deficits of cabin crew is not un­usual due to the na­ture of our busi­ness, and this vol­un­tary scheme over a spe­cific pe­riod of time is to en­sure that we ef­fi­ciently man­age crew re­sources and op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments,” a spokesman said.

The spokesman added the air­line now plans to of­fer the op­tion from time to time in the fu­ture.

Sin­ga­poreAir­li­nes­did­not­say­how many of its 8,200 crew mem­bers had so­far­tak­enupthe­of­fer­orhow­many staff they hoped would choose to par­take in the scheme.

It last re­sorted to the mea­sure in 2009, af­ter the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

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