JetBlue Planning Layoffs and Outsourcing Positions at Smaller Airports

JetBlue | June 17, 2020

An internal JetBlue Airways memo obtained by Business Insider details a plan for the airline to begin laying off workers on Oct. 1, 2020, and outsourcing some positions at smaller airports. The Oct. 1 date is key, not only for JetBlue but all U.S. carriers – it’s the day when airlines become unshackled from the provisions of accepting government grants and loans as part of the CARES Act stimulus package. The government stipulated that airlines who accepted the money must keep staffing at current levels through Sept. 30.

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The recent and continuing development in technological state-of-the-art for electric motors, power electronics, and most importantly batteries has led to substantial interest in the design of flight vehicles with all-electric propulsion. In such vehicles, propulsive power requirements are met using electric batteries relative to fossil fuels limits the feasibility of all-electric propulsion for larger vehicles flying longer distances.

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The recent and continuing development in technological state-of-the-art for electric motors, power electronics, and most importantly batteries has led to substantial interest in the design of flight vehicles with all-electric propulsion. In such vehicles, propulsive power requirements are met using electric batteries relative to fossil fuels limits the feasibility of all-electric propulsion for larger vehicles flying longer distances.

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