Mon, Oct 13, 2003
APFA: "A Bit Of News When That's In Short Supply"
American Airlines is
bringing 390 lost lambs back into the fold, recalling flight
attendants who were laid off as the world's largest carrier stared
into the black abyss of bankruptcy. The FAs will be back at work on
American has signed a letter of agreement with the Association
of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), saying it plans to beef
up flight schedules severely curtailed in the wake of the 9/11
attacks. The LOA indicates American will expand its schedule
sometime in the spring.
"Although the future
continues to be somewhat uncertain, this recall certainly
represents a bit of good news when that's in short supply these
days," John Ward, APFA president, said Thursday.
Although a good sign for the industry, the airline and for the
390 flight attendants, there are still almost 6,000 FAs on unpaid
leave. Like many other major carriers, American's parent company,
AMR Corp., has been steadily losing money ever since the terror
attacks on New York and Washington.
Unlike United Airlines and USAirways, however, American was able
to avoid bankruptcy at the last minute in a $1.8 billion concession
deal with its labor unions, including the AFPA.
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