Among the major business aviation industry employers–aircraft manufacturers and primary vendors–total job losses due to furloughs, layoffs and attrition are now approaching 20,000, and it appears that number will grow as credit remains bogged down and the recession grinds on.
United Technologies last month announced it will lay off 11,600 employees over the next two years. How these cuts will affect aerospace divisions Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Sikorsky and Hamilton Sundstrand was not reported. However, P&WC said it isn’t planning any more layoffs than the 1,000 it announced in January.
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After trying to cut costs by reducing wages and work hours, Duncan Aviation has “had to implement a reduction in its nationwide work force.” It is the first such action in Duncan’s 53-year history, the company explained in a statement. The layoffs affect 304 positions, including 170 at Duncan’s Lincoln, Neb. headquarters; 122 in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Mich.; and 12 at satellite avionics and engine facilities in the U.S.
A regional labor court in Brazil has forced Embraer to suspend its plan to cut 20 percent of its 21,000-strong workforce after it agreed to hear a collective lawsuit filed by the company’s unions. Any further layoffs will now have to wait at least until the unions and management enter a process of court-administered mediation, scheduled for next Thursday.
JSfirm announced Monday at Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., that companies using their Web sites to advertise job openings can take advantage of JSfirm’s “E” program.
HAI held its seventh Heli-Expo Job Fair on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in three ballrooms on Level 3 of the Anaheim Convention Center. Some 30 companies sent human relations personnel, recruiters and others to talk employment with what turned out to be a steady stream of job seekers.
Pratt & Whitney Canada said yesterday it planned to lay off 1,000 workers in the coming months, due mainly to falling demand for the engines it supplies to business jet makers. The cuts will affect some 10 percent of the company’s global workforce, 7,000 of whom work in Canada and the remaining 3,000 in other countries.
Boeing’s announcement on January 9 that it planned to lay off some 4,500 employees within its Commercial Airplanes business starting in April might not have come as a surprise given the economic depths to which the airline business expects to sink this year.
Nordam recently laid off 63 employees, primarily from its interiors and structures division, which is responsible–for the most part–for business aviation cabin components.