Delta to recall 1,000 flight attendants to support operations

ATLANTA (AP) - Delta Air Lines said today it will recall one-thousand furloughed flight attendants to work next year -- to help in part with the company's international expansion.

The Atlanta-based company says the recall will take place in three stages and will begin in January. The airline is expected to emerge from bankruptcy by the middle of next year.

Spokeswoman Betsy Talton says Delta currently has about 38-hundred flight attendants on furlough.

Chief Operating Officer James Whitehurst told in-flight employees in a memo that the recall is in addition to more than 250 flight attendants the company recalled in September.

Whitehurst says the recall also will help ensure a smooth operation.

The airline also has recalled some furloughed pilots. Roughly 130 pilots have been recalled this year to date.

Delta has been expanding its international operations as part of
its turnaround plan.

The recalls follow several years in which Delta cut thousands of
jobs and reduced wages and benefits across the board.

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