Finnair trims layoff requirement to 100 jobs

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Finnair has reduced the number of redundancies it is targeting under the transferral of its Embraer 190 fleet to Flybe Nordic, citing "good mutual understanding" in the latest round of cabin crew talks.

The Finnish flag carrier now says 100 layoffs or voluntary redundancies will be required under the capacity move, having previously put the figure at 120.

It says the reduction stems in part from the positive response by cabin crew to an invitation to take unpaid leave in October.

Voicing optimism that the layoff requirement will fall further by 1 January 2014 - when the current agreement with flight attendant expires - Finnair nonetheless warns that some redundancies are likely.

"The final figures depend on how Finnair traffic develops and how big the 'natural wastage' of staff turns out to be, for example as result of staff retiring and starting to claim their pensions," the company says.

Finnair is transferring its 12 E-190s to Flybe Nordic - a joint venture with UK-based Flybe - as part of a network rationalisation programme geared towards cutting costs by €140 million ($173 million) by 2014.

The flag carrier has also discontinued leases on four Airbus A320s and five E-170s.