Coronavirus: RAF In Talks Over British Airways Pilots Joining On Secondment

The RAF could take on civilian aviators as airlines continue to suffer during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Royal Air Force is in "initial discussions" with the aviation industry to welcome civilian pilots, including aviators from British Airways, on secondment.

According to a statement, the Air Force is currently in talks with the industry over the transferring of "suitable" personnel who otherwise could be facing redundancy.

Commercial airlines are feeling the full economic force of the coronavirus pandemic - last month, British Airways announced it was cutting 12,000 jobs.

On behalf of the airline, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) trade union wrote to its members regarding the possibility of staff joining the RAF on secondment. 

The letter said that both flying and ground roles within the RAF are open to civilian workers, according to Sky News.

The RAF will be given a list of interested individuals and will then assess their skillset.

Other companies involved in the talks include GKN Aerospace, British Aerospace and Ascent. 

Discussions remain at an initial stage and contracts are yet to be agreed. 

Cover image: RAF pilots inside an A400M transport aircraft (Picture: MOD).