This is APFA National Communications Coordinator, Jeff Pharr, with a Special Hotline Update for Wednesday, October 6, 2010.
Earlier today American announced the recall of up to 545 Flight Attendants. The recall will be accomplished in two phases. Approximately 225 of the most senior Flight Attendants on the recall list will be mailed recall letters on or about October 15, 2010, and will have 10 days to respond. This first group will report to base on December 17, 2010. American expects to send the remaining recall letters to the next most senior group of approximately 320 Flight Attendants by the end of the year. This group will report to base sometime in the first quarter of 2011.
Base assignments for those returning in December will be LGA with the exception of any qualified FR speakers which will be based at MIA-D.
We will report additional details as they become available via this hotline and the Recall page on APFA.org.
APFA President Laura Glading commented on today’s announcement,
ìWe are extremely pleased with the recall of 545 Flight Attendants. It has been a long and difficult struggle for these furloughed Flight Attendants and we are thrilled that they will be back on the job. APFA has worked tirelessly in urging American management to recall all furloughed Flight Attendants.
With the expansion announcement also being made this morning in conjunction with the official start of the joint business agreement with British Airways and Iberia, the beefing up of key hubs, and the imminent approval of the alliance with Japan Airlines, the future for American Airlines is bright.
APFA will continue to work with American until each and every one of the remaining furloughed Flight Attendants is back to work.î
Laura Glading’s full statement can be read here.