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Wednesday
Oct062010

American Airlines Recalls Furloughed Employees

Photo Courtesy - American Airlines(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- American Airlines announced Wednesday it's recalling 545 flight attendants and 250 pilots for active duty.  The company's new alliance with British Airways and Iberia has contributed to its ability to recall the furloughed employees.

Following Wednesday's news conference in London, which announced the official beginning of the alliance, Gerard Arpey, chairman and CEO of American's parent company, AMR, said, “The company is pleased to be recalling approximately 800 total pilots and flight attendants to help capitalize on our business goals as well as to meet our staffing needs in the coming months. This is exactly the kind of growth we’re hoping to achieve with our network strategy, and my hope is that trends like this will continue.”

Come mid-November, the first group of 25 pilots will return to work.  The company will then continue recalling about 30 pilots per month.  Flight attendants will be sent recall notices in phases, the first of which will be sent to approximately 225 of them sometime this month.

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