American Airlines Expects To Cut 13,000 Jobs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

American Airlines wants to cut labor costs by 20 percent, a move likely to include the loss of thousands of jobs at the nation's third-biggest airline.

American is expected to say later Wednesday how many jobs it wants to eliminate, but a 20 percent cut in labor costs at American and sister airline American Eagle could mean 15,000 jobs or more.

American CEO Thomas Horton said Tuesday that the company wants to slash spending by $2 billion per year and raise revenue by $1 billion per year as part of a plan to return to profitability.

A bankruptcy judge will decide whether American can carry out the cuts, which will be opposed by its three major unions. The airline filed for Chapter 11 protection in November.

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