Japan Airlines will need to make a number of redundancies to meet a target of reducing staff numbers by a third as it restructures under bankruptcy protection. The carrier needs to eliminate a further 8,000 posts to meet its goal of cutting 16,000 jobs by the end of March 2011, Hideo Seto, chairman of the Enterprise Turnaround Initiative of Japan committee overseeing JAL’s restructuring, told reporters yesterday in Tokyo. The airline may impose layoffs if it fails to find enough voluntary departures, he said (this is an update to the JAL story of 27th September 2010).

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