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American Airlines to reduce jobs without layoffs

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American says it expects to have “appropriate staffing levels to manage the current schedule’’ and avoid furloughs.

DALLAS - Because of job-sharing and other steps, American Airlines won’t have to furlough 500 flight attendants.

Two weeks ago, American said it planned to cut 500 flight attendants because it is flying less than it did a year ago.

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Yesterday, the company and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said furloughs won’t be needed because so many workers signed up job-sharing and voluntary leaves.

The good news is temporary, however. The furloughs were to be on top of 13,000 jobs that American still wants to eliminate under a reorganization.

American and its parent, AMR Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection in November. Chief executive Thomas Horton has said the airline will shrink modestly. Passenger capacity was down 2.1 percent in January compared with January 2011.

American has said it will increase flying after emerging from bankruptcy protection with lower costs.

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