Delta Air Lines to start paying flight attendants during boarding | Aviation News

Airways in the USA normally begin the clock for flight attendants when all of the passengers are seated and the airplane’s doorways are closed.

Delta Air Strains, which has narrowly fought off a number of makes an attempt to unionise its flight attendants, will start paying cabin crews throughout boarding, a change that’s anticipated to extend their wages by a number of thousand {dollars} a yr.

It’s a notable change for United States airways, the place pay for flight attendants begins when all of the passengers are seated and the airplane’s doorways shut.

Delta stated the change will begin on June 2 on all flights. In a memo to flight attendants, the airline stated the brand new pay “additional acknowledges how essential your function is on board to making sure a welcoming, secure and on-time begin to every flight”.

The change got here as Delta deliberate to extend the boarding time for single-aisle or “narrowbody” planes from 35 minutes to 40 minutes, which the airline anticipated will enhance the proportion of flights that depart on time.

Delta’s pilots are represented by a union, however a number of makes an attempt to organise the flight attendants have failed within the face of fierce opposition by the Atlanta-based firm. The Affiliation of Flight Attendants, which has been gearing up an organising marketing campaign at Delta for greater than two years, took credit score for the boarding pay.

“This new coverage is the direct results of our organizing,” the union stated. “As we get nearer to submitting for our union vote, administration is getting nervous.”

The union stated Delta was additionally responding to worker anger over the longer boarding occasions, throughout which flight attendants at present don’t receives a commission.

Delta stated the brand new boarding pay can be on prime of the 4 p.c raises that it granted to flight attendants final month.

Unions signify upwards of 80 p.c of employees at American, United and Southwest, however a far decrease share at Delta.