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Monday, June 22, 2009 (AP)
UAL to furlough another 600 flight attendants



   (06-22) 14:04 PDT Chicago (AP) --
   United Airlines said on Monday it needs to furlough another 600 flight
attendants this fall because of the slow economy.
   United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said another factor is significantly
lower-than-usual turnover from retirements or resignations.
   Last year, United reduced its flight attendant staff by 1,550. They were
all volunteers, and some of them have returned to work because the
furloughs were temporary. McCarthy said United is hoping to get volunteers
for this round of furloughs, too. The company currently has about 13,500
active flight attendants.
   The furloughs are to begin Aug. 31. Voluntary furloughs would run from 10
to 30 months. Any forced furloughs would be indefinite.
   Chicago-based United and other big airlines have been shrinking as the
recession has hurt business travel. United"s May traffic was down 12.3
percent from May 2008.
   Shares of United parent UAL Corp. fell 28 cents, or 7.3 percent, to $3.57
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