United Airlines to Furlough Pilots

United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) today announced that in accordance with its previously announced plan to decrease the airlineå‘s flying schedule in 2003, United will reduce its pilot employment levels by 220 on Jan. 6, 2003 and 132 on Feb. 7, 2003. This will bring the total number of furloughed pilots to 1,196.
“This is a very difficult announcement to make because of the impact it will have on our employees and their families,” said Captain Steve Forte, United’s senior vice president-Flight Operations. “Our goal is to be as helpful as we can during the transition.”

United’s Human Resources Division will support all pilots to assist them with career transitions. United currently has about 8,600 pilots around the world.

United late last month announced cost savings measures that will result in the furlough of roughly 9,000 employees from its worldwide workforce.

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