September 21, 2005

Northwest to lay off 1,400 flight attendants: union

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Bankrupt Northwest Airlines plans to
lay off about 1,400 flight attendants, the union representing
the workers said on Wednesday.

The Professional Flight Attendants Association said in a
posting on its Web site that the No. 4 U.S. carrier has said it
plans two rounds of flight attendant furloughs.

The first round will affect 900 flight attendants starting
October 31, the union said. A second round of about 500
furloughs is set for January.

The PFAA represents about 8,500 flight attendants at
Northwest. The carrier's collective bargaining agreement with
the workers requires it to offer voluntary furloughs before
implementing involuntary layoffs.

The Eagan, Minnesota-based airline, which filed for Chapter
11 protection from creditors on September 14, has said it needs
$1.1 billion in average annual labor savings and that it may
need to raise that target.