ANA is offering flight attendants a two-day work week post-COVID

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All Nippon Airways Co. plans to offer its flight attendants the option to work two days a week starting fiscal year 2023, allowing them to pursue a second job as the coronavirus pandemic has impacted demand for air travel, sources at the company said Monday.

The Japanese airline hopes the scheme — which was previously limited to those who had to care for children or the elderly — will also be used to teach new skills, potentially linking them to new endeavors for the company, the sources said.

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It will be available to about 8,500 of its flight attendants who live in Japan. However, ANA plans to limit the number of people using the system to prevent it from impacting operations.

The employees will be asked to decide on the total number of days off they want to take at the beginning of a fiscal year in April, giving them more flexibility in scheduling shifts. In addition, they can request which processes they mainly want to work on.

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ANA flight attendants are typically expected to work five days a week. But with COVID-19 affecting demand for air travel, the airline is allowing them to work fewer days.