Flight Attendant Layoffs Averted at American

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    American Airlines won't need to furlough flight attendants during a schedule reduction, because enough workers took leave or other voluntary steps.

    "It's unfortunate to ever be faced with a possible furlough situation, so this is great news that so many flight attendants were in a position to take advantage of these voluntary options," airline spokeswoman Tami McLallen said.

    Details of the agreement were announced Wednesday by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants.

    The union earlier said it expected  200 to 400 extra flight attendants faced potential layoffs, because American is cutting capacity during the recession.

    American last week announced it plans to cut capacity more than 6 percent this year.

    The union says American vice president Lauri Curtis told employees the Fort Worth-based company fell slightly short of its goal for voluntary departures.

    But the union says Curtis said the company would offer more leave and vacation slots to make up the difference.