American Airlines Will Recall 368 Flight Attendants

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American Airlines says the company will recall 368 laid-off flight attendants to help tackle an expected increase in summer traffic.

On Wednesday, the company announced recall notices would be administered Monday to the most senior 147 attendants. The second set of notices will follow in mid-March, says American Airlines spokeswoman Missy Latham.

Approximately 2,500 flight attendants lost their jobs when TWA and American Airlines merged in 2001. American brought 545 flight attendants back to the skies last October, reports St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.

"These furloughed flight attendants have been through a long and difficult struggle and we will be thrilled to have them back on the line," says Laura Glading, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants in an e-mail.

According to the union, the first group of attendants the airline brings back into service will be based at New York's LaGuardia airport.

In a statement, the airline says the decision to bring the flight attendants back was spurred by joint business agreements "and the strengthening of our cornerstone hubs with new routes" including Los Angeles International to Shanghai, JFK to Budapest and Chicago O'Hare International to Helsinki.

American Airlines says the recall will address "expected staffing needs for the summer and beyond."

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