UA To Cut 600 F/As

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United Airlines to cut 600 jobs
Flight attendant positions slashed due to economic weakness and lower attrition.


June 22, 2009: 3:05 PM ET

CHICAGO (Reuters) -- UAL Corp.'s United Airlines Monday said it would reduce the number of its flight attendants by 600 because of economic weakness and lower attrition rates.

The cuts are in addition to the 1,550 flight attendant jobs eliminated last year as the third largest U.S. airline downsized. Those reductions were achieved through voluntary furloughs, and the company said it would again offer workers voluntary exit packages.

UAL (UAUA, Fortune 500) currently has 13,500 flight attendants. The workers are represented by the Association of Flight Attendants union.

High fuel costs and sagging demand has clobbered the airline industry as the recession erodes travel budgets. The carriers responded last year by trimming the number of seats for sale.

UAL said at the end of the first quarter it had reduced its mainline capacity by 9% to 10% year over year. The downsizing involved cutting 7,000 jobs or 13% of its workforce.

Rivals Delta Air Lines (DAL, Fortune 500) and American Airlines parent AMR Corp. (AMR, Fortune 500) announced further capacity reduction targets for 2009 earlier this month. Analysts expect more airlines to follow.

UAL shares were down 5.72% at $3.63 on Nasdaq in afternoon trade
 

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NO WAY!!!! NOT POSSIBLE! They are buying 150 million in new jets.......remember?? How will they staff those new a/c??
 

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That's weird. I have been flying UAL a lot lately and all of the flights were full.
 

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That's weird. I have been flying UAL a lot lately and all of the flights were full.
Just because the flights are full - doesnt mean crap; when they're nearly giving away the seats...
 

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NO WAY!!!! NOT POSSIBLE! They are buying 150 million in new jets.......remember?? How will they staff those new a/c??
First of all, they requested BIDS for 150 new jets...probably going to be a little more then 150 million dollars.....for a possible order this fall......And when they show up they will staff them. It is very POSSIBLE.
 
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just keeping true to shrinking to profitability--

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I heard that so far all FA furloughs have been voluntary and went very senior. Don't they get to keep their travel and health benefits? Why not just go for the voluntary furlough and work at the Gap or pick up some more cats to herd?

At any rate I hope that all the upcoming furloughs are voluntary as well.
 

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I heard that so far all FA furloughs have been voluntary and went very senior. Don't they get to keep their travel and health benefits? Why not just go for the voluntary furlough and work at the Gap or pick up some more cats to herd?

At any rate I hope that all the upcoming furloughs are voluntary as well.

Now THAT is funny... and oh so true!
 

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like the cat lady on the simpsons and how she has so many and she throws them at people - hilarious

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Any chance they could furlough in reverse order? I don't know about ya'll but I wish we could get the hotties back. Might not save the industry but it sure wouldn't hurt.

Why'd they let them unionize in the first place? ...anyone? What is it? 3 days minimum to train an FA off the street?
 

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Why would a hot chick want to be a flight attendant anyhow? They can make way more just selling stuff anywhere or taking their boyfriends cash. The current wages and lifestyle pretty much mean that the airlines are competing with Wal Mart for talent.
 

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That's weird. I have been flying UAL a lot lately and all of the flights were full.
Just because the flights are full - doesnt mean crap; when they're nearly giving away the seats...
No mystery here. Also, when you cut flight frequency, the remaining flights fill up.
 
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