Delta Air Lines will be adding “Boarding Pay’ for flight attendants effective June 2, 2022. Currently flight attendants aren’t paid for boarding as they only receive their hourly rate from when the boarding door is closed until it reopens, however that’s about to change in a couple months.
With the new pay incentive, Delta will be paying flight attendants at 50% of their hourly rate for boarding. Domestic narrow bodies will receive 40 minutes of boarding pay, domestic widebodies will receive 45 minutes of boarding pay, and transoceanic flights will get 50 minutes of boarding pay.
Here’s Delta’s New Boarding Pay Rates for flight attendants based on seniority:
Typically flight attendants aren’t paid for boarding, so Delta is leading way by offering its flight attendants boarding pay at 50% of their hourly rate. This new boarding pay will being on June 2, 2022 and apply for all Delta mainline flight attendants.
For context, Delta flight attendants are non-union, whereas all the major US carriers including American, United, and Southwest are union for their flight attendants. Delta constantly tries to avoid its flight attendants from unionizing so I suspect that they felt the cost of adding Boarding Pay was worth it, if it means that its flight attendants continue to be non-union.
However, it will be interesting if we’ll see other U.S. airlines start adding Boarding Pay for flight attendants now that Delta has started. Delta pilots still do not receive any Boarding Pay with this new change.
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