JetBlue is reducing staffing levels at support centers as
part of an effort to bring down structural costs.
"We aren't disclosing a specific number today, but the
reductions are a combination of voluntary buyouts, elimination of open
positions and involuntary departures," vice president of communications
Doug McGraw said in an email on Friday. "While the primary objective is to
enable faster decision-making and streamline how teams work together so we can
deliver on our strategic objectives, the restructuring also is a meaningful
step toward our corporate structural cost goal."
No cutbacks will be made to the airline's frontline
JetBlue undertook an organizational-structure review
following its May decision to make Joanna Geraghty president, a title
previously held by CEO Robin Hayes. With the move, Geraghty was put in charge
of day-to-day operations.
JetBlue will report its second-quarter results next week. In
the first quarter, the carrier reported pretax income of $110 million, down
from $121 million a year earlier. Labor costs were up 7%.
McGraw said JetBlue will continue to hire strategically in
its support centers.
"We need to make these difficult decisions to ensure we
are set up for success," he said.