(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: AIRLINE RIC CHANGES 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 payrolls 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 workforce 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 competitive 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 workforce 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 aid. (Compiled by Ankit Ajmera and Sanjana Shivdas in Bengaluru and Sarah Morland in Gdansk; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty, Maju Samuel and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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