KLM defers first two Boeing 787 deliveries and cabin crew shortage
AMSTERDAM - A KLM spokesperson has confirmed that the airline has deferred delivery of its first two Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and the airline may need to cancel and postpone some flights between now and the end of the summer. This was reported by airwaysnews.com
The reason for the deferrals and potential flight cancellations is due to trouble between KLM and its unions as well as a cabin crew shortage.
Last week, collective bargaining between management and its cabin crews stalled, and the airline wants to be careful with its money during these uncertain times.
The unions put together two different plans to save the summer schedule last week, but they were immediately rejected by KLM. In the days since, unions called off a meeting that was scheduled for Monday with management to discuss the company’s five-year plan to cut costs and boost competitiveness.
As for the ten Dreamliners KLM has on order, the spokesperson stressed that the airline still intends to take delivery of them at some point, but the airline is focused on ensuring that it will be able to secure a contract with its cabin crews for the summer.