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FACTBOX-Airlines shrink workforce as coronavirus cripples travel

 (Updates United Airlines)
    Aug 28 (Reuters) - Global airlines, which had warned of
shrinking their workforce due to a collapse in air travel amid
the coronavirus crisis, are now serving layoff notices to
employees, sending them on unpaid leave, cutting pay or seeking
voluntary retirements.
    The following table lists some carriers that have announced
changes to their workforce in the face of the continuing
COVID-19 pandemic:
 AIR FRANCE              The carrier plans to cut 6,560,
                         or 16% of jobs, at the main
                         airline by the end of 2022, and
                         another 1,020 jobs will go over
                         the next three years at sister
                         airline "HOP!", representing 42%
                         of staff             
 AMERICAN                The airline expects its
 AIRLINES                workforce to shrink by 40,000,
 GROUP INC               including 19,000 involuntary
                         cuts, in October as the COVID-19
                         crisis continues to weigh on air
                         travel, unless the government
                         extends aid for airline employee
 AZUL SA                 The Brazilian airline has laid
                         off nearly 1,000 employees, or
                         about 7% of its staff
 BRITISH                 Unite, the union which
 AIRWAYS                 represents the airline's cabin
                         crew,  says the 30,000 staff it
                         plans to keep are being given
                         new contracts, some with pay
                         cuts of up to 70%. British
                         Airways says it has proposed pay
                         cuts to a maximum of 20%. The
                         airline has previously said it
                         plans to cut 12,000 staff, or
                         more than a quarter of its
 DELTA AIR               Delta is set to furlough 1,941
 LINES INC               pilots in October due to the
                         fallout from the COVID-19 crisis
                         and plunging air travel demand
 EASYJET                 The British low-cost airline has
                         said that 727 of its UK-based
                         pilots are at risk of
                         redundancy, equivalent to about
                         one-third of its pilots in the
                         country. EasyJet said in May it
                         needed to cut 4,500 jobs to stay
 EL AL                   The airline, which sent nearly
 ISRAEL                  all its 6,500 employees on
 AIRLINES                unpaid leave, is expected to cut
                         its workforce by about 2,000
 EMIRATES                The Dubai state-owned carrier's
                         workforce of 4,300 pilots and
                         nearly 22,000 cabin crew could
                         shrink by almost a third from
                         pre-coronavirus levels
 KENYA                   To lay off an unspecified number
 AIRWAYS                 of workers, reduce its network
                         and get rid of some assets due
                         to the coronavirus crisis
 LUFTHANSA               Germany's Lufthansa, which
                         employs about 138,000 people,
                         will cut 20% of its leadership
                         positions and 1,000
                         administrative jobs in a
                         restructuring plan             
 QANTAS                  Australia's airline is axing at
 AIRWAYS                 least 20% of its workforce under
 LTD                     a sweeping cost-saving plan. The
                         6,000 job cuts will come from
                         across the airline's 29,000
                         workforce. A further 15,000
                         workers will remain furloughed
                         until Qantas begins operating
                         more flights             
 QATAR                   Qatar Airways will lay off some
 AIRWAYS                 pilots and reduce the salaries
                         of others by as much as a
                         quarter due to the impact of the
                         global coronavirus pandemic. The
                         company has previously said it
                         would lay off close to 20% of
                         its more than 40,000-member
 UNITED                  The airline said it would need
 AIRLINES                to cut 2,850 pilot jobs this
 HOLDINGS                year, or about 21% of the total,
 INC                     without further U.S. government

 (Compiled by Ankit Ajmera and Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru and
Sarah Morland in Gdansk; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty, Maju
Samuel and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)