United to Cut Staff, Panes as it tries to Save Money

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Chicago (AP) United Airlines says it's cutting up to 1,100 more jobs, removing 70 of its fuel-guzzling airplanes from its fleet and slashing domestic capacity as it tries to downsize and cope with spiraling fuel prices.

United says it will cut an additional 900 to 1,100 salaried, management and contract employees by the end of the year, in addition to the 500 employees it has already planned to lay off.

United says it also plans to ground its entire fleet of 94 Boeing B737s as well as six of the company's 747s. It is also scrapping its Denver-based coach-only ``Ted'' service, and reconfiguring those planes to include first-class seats.

The carrier says the moves are designed to the help the subsidiary of UAL corporation weather an ``unprecedented fuel environment.''

Meanwhile, United says it will cut mainline domestic capacity by 17 percent.

United is the dominant carrier at Denver International Airport.

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