MIAMI — 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.
The reason for the deferrals and the potential flight cancellations is due to existing troubles between the Dutch flag carrier and its labor unions, as well as a cabin crew shortage.
Last week, a collective bargaining between management and its cabin crews stalled, and the airline wants to be careful with its money during these uncertain times.
The last week, the unions put together two different plans in order to save the summer schedule, but they were immediately rejected by the airline. In the days since, unions called off a meeting that was scheduled for Monday with management, in which it was planned the discussion of the company’s five-year plan to cut costs and boost competitiveness.
As for the ten Dreamliners on order, the spokesperson stressed that the airline still intends to take delivery of them at some point, but the airline is now focused on ensuring that it will be able to secure a contract with its cabin crews for the busy summer season.