American Eagle, Pilots Agree on Jobs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Pilots for American Eagle Friday announced they've agreed with the airline to scale back its job cuts.

The union and the carrier says the agreement includes voluntary leaves of absences and part-time flying for pilots at Eagle, the sister carrier to Fort Worth-based American Airlines.

Both are owned by AMR, which last month announced American Airlines and Eagle would cut capacity this year and reduce an unspecified number of jobs.

The moves come as the airline industry faces dramatically higher fuel prices.

American plans to cut eight percent of its management and support employees.

The deal with the Eagle pilots also calls for ten aircraft leased to Trans States Airlines to be returned to Eagle beginning early next year. Union officials say that could save 100 pilot jobs.

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