In the U.S., pilots have mandatory retirement at age 60. There is no mandatory retirement age for Flight Attendants.
Although there has much discussion about changing the retirement age, so far it remains. When the topic comes up, the debate focuses on safety issues, and how the age of pilots factors into that equation. More and more pilots are supporting extending the retirement age, in large part to recent decimation of their pension funds. Simply put, many pilots now find themselves financially unable to retire at age 60, and are looking for another few years of flying and earning to get there.
Last week, British Airways announced it's intention to increase the retirement age for its pilots and Flight Attendants. B.A. crews have reacted dramatically at this news, and have announced that will take industrial action in retaliation to the company's unilateral decision. Seems they have a different view of extending the retirement age than their U.S. counterparts.
Regardless of where you stand on this issue, caution would be advised if you are planning on flying British Airways.
Via IAG Blog