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American Airlines has 7,000-8,000 too many flight attendants on its payroll, according to an internal memo seen by Business Insider.As it seeks to realign its operations and network around changing demands during the coronavirus pandemic, the airline plans to close several bases, and shrink others.American gave furlough notices to some management and support employees this week, who will continue to be paid through September in accordance with the CARES Act, sources told Business Insider.Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
American Airlines plans to reconfigure and significantly downsize staffing at some of its bases, and plans to reduce its flight attendant ranks by as many as 8,000 employees, Business Insider has learned.In a memo sent to flight attendants at the airline, senior vice president for flight services Jill Surdek outlined the airline’s cabin crew staffing predicament, as the airline seeks to shrink and adjust its network and operations based on reduced and changing demand during the coronavirus pandemic.The memo came as American issued some of its first furlough notices to management and support employees. Those workers will continue to be paid through September.As flight attendants anxiously await news of furloughs, which the airline is expected to announce this month with affected employees still being paid through September 30, Surdek said that details had yet to be determined.”The short answer is, we don’t have an answer yet,” the memo said.However, Surdek wrote that the airline expects to be overstaffed by somewhere between 7,000 and 8,000 flight attendants, based on anticipated flying and demand in 2021. American has about 26,000 flight attendants across its system.The airline said it plans to try and reduce the number as much as possible through various voluntary options, such as buyouts and early retirements.”Thi
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