Air Canada capacity reduction impact on pilots unclear

    No firm decisions from Air Canada on route reductions, fleet make-up,
    which influence pilot requirements

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - The association representing Air Canada's pilots
says it is unclear how the recent announcement of capacity reductions and
layoffs will affect pilots at the airline.
    "Air Canada has not yet made a final decision on number and type of
aircraft in the fleet, as well as the routes which will be cut back, so we're
not sure how these reductions will impact the pilot group," says Capt. Andy
Wilson, president of the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA).
    Capt. Wilson says reducing pilots is traditionally an expensive
proposition for airlines as they must then incur significant expenses in
retraining pilots who have been out of service.
    "It usually takes six months to a year to get pilots retrained and back
on the line in the event of actual layoffs," he adds.
    Capt. Wilson says there are a number of mitigations that have
traditionally been used during downturns, such as reduced flying hours for all
pilots, leaves of absence or early retirements.

    ACPA is the largest professional pilot group in Canada, representing the
3,300 pilots who operate Air Canada's mainline fleet.

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