The official announcement. Displacement bid released 4200 pilots. 15-16 yrs seniority to hold anything other than 737 or 320 F/O.
As our industry and our airline continues to feel the terrible impact of the COVID-19 virus, passengers are not flying, and they are not buying new tickets. On average we are only carrying about 10,000 passengers per day. About 21% of our mainline flights have fewer than 10 revenue customers on board. We currently have more pilots than passengers on any given day.
You have all heard Oscar and Scott state that when travel returns, it likely will not bounce back quickly. Because of this, we will need to be a smaller airline than we are today for some time. You have rightly asked what that means, in terms of pilot displacements and furloughs. With displacement bid 20-07D, which will open shortly, we are taking the first step in adjusting our pilot staffing and this message is an effort to more directly address your questions.
Even though the volume of this displacement is enormous, and its impact on the lives of many of our pilots significant, none of us should believe it solves all of our problems. This displacement bid aligns pilot staffing to a schedule reduction of around 30%, yet our schedule in May, and our expected schedule for June, is reduced by 90%. No one knows when travel demand will return, so unfortunately, the results of this displacement are likely to be a baseline from which future displacements are conducted.
With a displacement of this size, it is natural for you to ask about a plan to furlough pilots. That is the right question to ask because, while the CARES Act Payroll Support Program assistance covers a portion of our payroll costs and protects jobs through September 30, there is no question that we believe we will need to make more difficult decisions after October 1 which may include pilot furloughs. I am not prepared to announce any specific furlough numbers today, but there should be enough information conveyed in this displacement for you to make informed conclusions. During the time that this displacement bid is open we will be gathering as much information about future scenarios as we can, and I will share additional details with you when I am able. It’s also important to note that we have been aggressively and proactively cutting costs across our entire business since late January – eliminating discretionary spending, putting a freeze on hiring, cutting officer pay by 50% and Scott and Oscar’s base salary by 100%, suspending our operational bonus program and reducing hours of some of our frontline workers.
When I step away for a minute from the frenzy of meetings and calls that occupy my life right now, and find a short period of solitude, it's overwhelming for me to comprehend the degree of change that our United family is going through right now. I wish I could talk to each of you individually, to hear how you, your family and other loved ones, are coping in these times. Rest assured that my team and I are working hard to do our part to navigate our company to safe shores. Thank you for all that you are doing for our customers and your fellow co-workers.
Displacement Bid 20-07D
Effective Date: June 30, 2020
Bid closes at 1200 CT on Friday, May 22
Outlook: This fleet will be the workhorse of our international operation for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, the aircraft will not be flying out of LAX for some time, possibly over a year.
LAX 787 CA (80 active pilots)
LAX 787 FO (179 active pilots)
DCA 787 FO: seniority 8001 and junior (33 active pilots)
DEN 787 FO: seniority 6801 and junior (23 active pilots)
EWR 787 FO: seniority 8001 and junior (35 active pilots)
IAH 787 FO: seniority 6801 and junior (9 active pilots)
ORD 787 FO: seniority 6801 and junior (33 active pilots)
SFO 787 CA: seniority 2301 and junior (29 active pilots)
SFO 787 FO: seniority 6801 and junior (163 active pilots)
Outlook: 777 flying will be suppressed for the foreseeable future, and will be consolidated at EWR and SFO. 777 domiciles at DCA and IAH are expected to return at some time in the future.
DCA 777 CA (101 active pilots)
DCA 777 FO (175 active pilots)
IAH 777 CA (94 active pilots)
IAH 777 FO (169 active pilots)
ORD 777 CA (50 active pilots)
ORD 777 FO (84 active pilots)
EWR 777 CA: seniority 3001 and junior (23 active pilots)
EWR 777 FO: seniority 7301 and junior (164 active pilots)
SFO 777 CA: seniority 3001 and junior (30 active pilots)
SFO 777 FO: seniority 7301 and junior (286 active pilots)
Outlook: The 767-300 is the only sub-fleet that is forecasted to fly over the foreseeable future. Pilot staffing will be consolidated at EWR, IAH and ORD.
DCA 756 CA (101 active pilots)
DCA 756 FO (159 active pilots)
DEN 756 CA (46 active pilots)
DEN 756 FO (44 active pilots)
LAX 756 CA (85 active pilots)
LAX 756 FO (81 active pilots)
SFO 756 CA (105 active pilots)
SFO 756 FO (94 active pilots)
EWR 756 CA: seniority 2501 and junior (193 active pilots)
EWR 756 FO: seniority 6801 and junior (423 active pilots)
IAH 756 CA: seniority 2501 and junior (38 active pilots)
IAH 756 FO: seniority 6801 and junior (86 active pilots)
ORD 756 CA: seniority 2301 and junior (64 active pilots)
ORD 756 FO: seniority 6801 and junior (147 active pilots)
737 and Airbus
Outlook: These aircraft will continue their previous mission.
DCA 320 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (39 active pilots)
DEN 320 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (19 active pilots)
EWR 320 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (127 active pilots)
IAH 320 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (17 active pilots)
LAX 320 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (24 active pilots)
ORD 320 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (49 active pilots)
SFO 320 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (145 active pilots)
CLE 737 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (6 active pilots)
DCA 737 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (67 active pilots)
DEN 737 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (63 active pilots)
EWR 737 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (140 active pilots)
GUM 737 CA: seniority 6501 and junior (11 active pilots)
IAH 737 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (102 active pilots)
LAX 737 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (73 active pilots)
ORD 737 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (52 active pilots)
SFO 737 CA: seniority 6801 and junior (98 active pilots)