Virgin Atlantic to reduce number of cabin crew ranks

Virgin Atlantic to reduce number of cabin crew ranks

Virgin Atlantic is to cut the number of ranks among its cabin crew.

In a move described as “not related to the wider company”, the airline informed cabin crew about changes to how it delivers its service on board earlier this week.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesman said: “In order to ensure that we can continue to deliver the unique Virgin Atlantic experience that our customers love, we have reviewed how we deliver our service and identified that we have complexity in our UK cabin crew structure.

“As a result we will be reducing the number of ranks among our cabin crew.”

The airline said it will be offering alternative positions to the staff affected and the changes are not linked to Virgin Atlantic’s announcement in July that 500 of 9,000 jobs would be cut.

“We are currently in discussion with our cabin crew to ensure that they understand the options available and will be fully supporting them through this process,” said the spokesman.

During a Travel Weekly business breakfast event last Wednesday, Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger said he wouldn’t rule out further job cuts but wouldn’t be drawn on numbers.

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