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American to lay off 921 attendants

September 02, 2009|Times Wire Reports

American Airlines is cutting 921 flight attendant jobs as it deals with a continuing downturn in passenger traffic and revenue.

American, the nation's second-largest airline, said the cuts would take effect Oct. 1 and reduce its flight attendant ranks by 6%.

Of the 921 flight attendants whose jobs are being eliminated, 449 are taking voluntary leave or are otherwise leaving voluntarily, the AMR Corp. unit said.

An additional 244 will be put on involuntary leave for two months, while 228 employees will be furloughed -- laid off but with rehiring rights, the Fort Worth-based company said.

Nearly half of the flight attendants to be furloughed are based at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

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