IIRC the numbers that they announced for the FAs was much much higher than what actually occurred.
Yes, that is true. The original number "subject to furlough" was 1200. I know because I was approx. #600 on that list. But, the number furloughed was not less because the company was lying. The number furloughed was less because other f/as who could afford to do so, stepped up to the plate and took leaves of absence or proffered for modified partnership flying (aka part-time) as I did to save jobs of more junior people.
The overage was real. Just as the current overage of f/as is real. Today is the 25th of the month. When I get back to St. Louis tomorrow, I will have flown a grand total of 39 hours in January. But, that is only because I have aggressively looked for flying. There is a real chance I won't fly again this month; yet, I will be paid my guarantee of 70 hours. I have one friend in the same boat who has only flown 20 hours this month.
The company has agreed with the union not to furlough any more f/as until at least the end of August. But, we'll have to see about that. The overage with f/as flying way under guarantee is happening in every base as far as I know. No company can afford to pay people not to work for long and stay in business. Add the probable loss of JAL in OW, the pilot furlough, and the dismal 4th quarter results, and I would not be surprised at all if the company reneges on the no furlough agreement, or furloughs immediately after 31Aug.
And, f/a attrition (like pilot attrition) is way down this year. Last year we averaged over 100 flight attendants/month leaving the company--quit, died, retired, got fired. So far, in January there have been 4--2 retired, 2 left for other reasons. With over 16,000 active flight attendants, that ain't much.