Bankrupt American Airlines Plans To Hire 1,500 Workers

American Airlines hiring flight attendants bankrupt

By Samantha Bomkamp

NEW YORK -- Wanted: A few good recruits for an airline that's seen better days.

To replace some of its departing staff, American Airlines will hire 1,500 flight attendants starting next month, with training beginning in January.

The airline said Wednesday that 2,250 of its flight attendants have taken $40,000 buyout offers to leave the company. Briefings on the buyouts were standing-room only, according to representatives of the flight attendants union. Sign-ups to take the offer, which were open to those who had been with the company for at least 15 years, ended Sept. 20.

The payments were part of a concessionary contract that flight attendants approved with the airline, which is trying to cut its work force and labor costs while it's under bankruptcy protection. The buyouts were designed to reduce the need for layoffs at American, which had said it wanted to cut about 2,000 flight-attendant jobs. The company didn't immediately say Wednesday how or when it would further reduce its ranks after hiring a new batch of 1,500 flight attendants.

The contract attendants voted on in August would impose tougher productivity rules but give the attendants a 3 percent stake in parent AMR Corp. after it emerges from bankruptcy protection.

American just asked Tuesday for another month to present its reorganization plan. If approved, it would push the deadline for that plan to late January.

American is operated by AMR Corp. and is based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company said Wednesday that it lost $238 million in the third quarter on employee severance payouts and other costs related to its bankruptcy.

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No, they didn't get that guy that screamed "Yippie" , grabbed a beer, and slid down that inflated thingie.

October 22 2012 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

American Airlines, like all the other major airlines, keep feeding the crap that because of surging fuel prices that fares and now baggage fee's must rise again. If that is the case, then how come all these big executives and CEO's get millions in compensation packages, as well as severance pay that is usually more than Bill Gates takes in 10 years of income?

October 22 2012 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to MIKEY'S SCREEN's comment

I dont blame management I blame the greedy unions who want MORE MORE MORE and work LESS LESS LESS. Flight attendants work on average of 100 hrs per month. They have jobs millions would die for with free travel worldwide. The once glorious job of stewardess has been destroyed by these greedy unions. US airlines suffer because foreign carriers dont have unions to deal with. Fly on a foreign airline such as Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific and then fly on any US AIRLINE and you will see why business travelers stay away from US airlines. Continental was once one of our #1 airlines in customer service. Since merging with United its service has sunk to new lows. Its become UNITED which already had bad customer service. Unions have destroyed our steel industry, auto industry, education system, public workers systems and now they are going after the airlines.

October 22 2012 at 5:13 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to paulpaxteny's comment

You are an idiot that has no idea what a flight attendant actually does. I'll bet that you wouldn't last a week.

And no, I'm not a flight attendant.

October 22 2012 at 6:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

Unions became outdated years ago. They protect the incompetent, and don't reward the employees that actually do their job, and do it well. And if you don't like what your paid, don't hide behind some union rules, QUIT and find a better paying job!

Why the unions that govern airline employees haven't been abolished years ago is a mystery to me.

October 23 2012 at 2:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down

American will fire all of the employees making a livable wage and replace them with much lower payed help and corporate america marches on.

October 18 2012 at 4:28 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to TINKDAY's comment

There are plenty of young women who would jump at a chance to be a flight attendant. If these AA flight attendants dont like their jobs then let them QUIT! They wont be missed.

October 22 2012 at 5:13 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

they would probably have more money if they didn't have such crazy flights. i was flying from portland, or to gulfport,ms and this is the flight i had or-minn-ga-ms. why not or-tx-ms could have saved a few thousand gallons of jet fuel. such stupid flights i've been on

October 18 2012 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seems that offerinf $40k to eliminatejobs and then coming back and saying they want to hire 1500 makes NO SENSE.

Blatant disregard for labor does not win consumers, and we are not brand conscious anymore for airflight, which is a commodity.

I would have had respect for them if they cut costs, had pilots actually work for aliving, and ran an efficient airline. But the babies that are employed in that industry took advantage of a good thing and then management was always about itself and not the shareholders or employees.

October 18 2012 at 8:04 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to ATM's comment

Really? Are you running an airline or even any kind of business? Accusing pilots of getting paid for nothing is absolutely ridiculous. What ,should they serve drinks, and maybe fuel the airplane or load baggage?As far as offering the flight attendants a buyout, you obviously don't see the big piicture. I will explain it to you in terms you can understand. Take the highest paid flight attendants making between 40 to 50 thousand a year and replace them with flight attendant who will be makinhg 18 to 20 thousand a year for 5 years and even you can see the cost savings, can't you?

October 18 2012 at 12:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

You get rid of higher paid workers. They have a lot of knowledge but are older and could run up healthcare costs.

October 18 2012 at 7:03 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Taina's comment

How much knowledge do you need to serve drinks and peanuts? CUSTOMER SERVICE is what US carriers need and these union flight attendants are the worst. Foreign airlines are 100 times better than US airlines -- they dont have unions and they have pretty young polite flight attendants like the USA carriers once had.

October 22 2012 at 5:15 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

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