Finnair starts change negotiations with its personnel on plans to subcontract inflight service on part of its long-haul routes

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Finnair starts change negotiations with its cabin crew in Finland to discuss its plans to subcontract inflight service on routes to/from Thailand and the US to partners.

Possible subcontracting would be implemented by the end of 2023.

The plan is a part of the efforts to restore Finnair’s profitability by reducing unit costs and strengthening unit revenues.

Finnair made considerable losses during the covid-19 pandemic, and the closure of Russian airspace significantly impacts Finnair’s ability to generate profit.

Finnair’s primary target has been to find solutions for decreasing unit costs together with its employees. During this autumn, Finnair has discussed with all its employees about possibility to achieve savings by changing employment terms.

For cabin crew, Finnair proposed changes for example to crew utilization efficiency, layover hotel rules and to additional pay per hour rules for long flights, as the closure of Russian airspace has made the flight times to Asia considerably longer.

A negotiation result was reached with some employee groups, but unfortunately, a solution was not found with the cabin crew in Finland.

In this situation, Finnair must seek savings through alternative measures.

If realized, the subcontracting plan could result in reducing up to 450 jobs in Finnair’s Inflight services.

Finnair currently employs approximately 1750 cabin crew members in Finland.

The cabin service for Finnair’s Singapore, Hong Kong and India routes as well as for the Doha routes from Stockholm and Copenhagen is provided by Finnair’s partners already.

“Our target continues to be to find a savings solution together with our cabin crew”, says Topi Manner, Finnair CEO.

“We now need a genuine will from the negotiators to find solutions that would allow us to continue inflight service with our own crew, and avoid redundancies.

“Discussion on alternative solutions is a vitally important part of the change negotiations process.

The change negotiations will start on November 23 and are estimated to last at least six weeks.

A social support program to help those who could lose their work in re-employment will be discussed in the negotiations.