Thursday, November 26, 2020
A Holiday Message of Thanks
2020 has been a year of rapid-fire change for aviation workers. We have experienced changes in our work environment, changes to our schedules, and changes in how we interact with our families and friends. None of this has been easy- Flight Attendants and aviation workers at American Airlines and across the industry have been furloughed, have signed up for extended leaves, or have made the difficult decision to leave their jobs.
Even as we suffer from pandemic fatigue, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Several COVID-19 vaccine programs show great promise, and as we move closer to vaccine administration, travel demand will increase. Travelers will want to see their families again and will want to travel and experience new adventures. Many of our aircraft which sit idle will once again return to the skies. Our furloughed and leave of absence Flight Attendants will begin to return.
We look forward to a time when we can safely interact with one another and return to connecting the world. Today, we give thanks to all of you who selflessly place yourself in harm’s way to move passengers, medical personnel, and medical supplies to where they need to be. We look forward to playing an integral role in moving life-saving vaccines to all corners of the globe when the time comes.
We want to give special thanks to Flight Attendants Petter Leyra (ORD), Nelson Amaya (ORD), and Nathan Ballard (LAX) for this video and message of hope, which they were kind enough to create and share with APFA:
Whether you are home or working this Thanksgiving, please continue to care for yourselves and one another. We will get through this together and come out stronger on the other side.
Your APFA National and Base Leadership
Please remember, we have 7,985 involuntarily furloughed Flight Attendants at American Airlines.