American Airlines, a subsidiary of Fort Worth-based AMR Corp. AMR), said 1,200 flight attendant positions will beimpacted nationwide, alonv with 300 airport services stafvf members and 50 carg o service positions. Flight attendant cuts will be made on a basissof seniority. As is customary in most layoffs, American said voluntaryt exit packages will be offered to employees who may want toretired early. In addition, 40 previously announceds job cuts will be made atthe airline’s Kansasa maintenance facility. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area alone, Americah will be cutting 66 airport services andcargo positions, which includes baggage as well as 67 flightf attendant positions.
Tim Smith, a spokesmam for American, said the layoffs were made in conjunction with capacity reductions announced by Americanon Thursday. In a letterr to American employees released the company’s senior vice president of humajn resources Jeff Brundage said, “These reductionsd come as a result of our effort to 'right size' our operation and respond to the weaker deman for travel by reducing our schedule, including seasonal and addressing lower-than-expected Brundage in his letter addedr that the cuts coincide with CEO Gerard Arpey’zs announcement that the airline will be cutting its capacitty by 7.5 percent due to lower consumedr travel demands.
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The subsidiary opened the three-bay maintenancee facility in January but held off on the ribbon cuttingb until key personnelwere hired, and they “gotr a little airplane grease under their nails,” Compass presidentt Tim Campbell said during a news conference. 70 employees maintain the airline’s fleeft of 36 Embraer 175 76-sear jets. Compass, which was founded in 2006 as a subsidiarh of NorthwestAirlines Inc., was acquired by Delta as part of the Atlanta-based carrier’s mergee with Northwest in October 2008. The jets previously had been servicee bya third-party aircraft maintenancd company, Campbell said.
Compass’ Louisville International Airport facility, located at 5101 Crittendej Drive, consists of 42,720 square feet of aircrafy hangar space, 11,416 square feet of office, shop and storage an 80,601-square-foot concrete apron and 33,480 square feet of parkin g and roadways. At the news Chantilly, Va.-based Compass showed off its first jet painted in theDeltza colors. The rest of its fleet will be convertes from Northwest Airlines colors over the next Campbell said. At the news conference, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said the Compass investment, including its $3 million annuap payroll, “is a tremendous economic achievement in the midstt of some pretty tougheconomic times.
” In August the board granted the airline preliminary approval for $2 million in state tax incentives for up to 10
billion chip fab in Malta, N.Y. The job fair will be held at the , locatec on the Albany NanoTech campus, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Interestedx candidates should pre-register online at http://cnse.albany.edu/events/jobfair2009.html. The positionse will pay between $40,000 and $100,0009 a year. They include electrical and mechanical engineersand estimators; construction and design projec managers and coordinators; architectural project managers, planners and and accounting, purchasing, document control and administrative personnel. Officialx from will be on hand to accepy resumes and conduct initialinterviews on-site.
M+W Zanded is the construction management company that is expected to be namerdthe project’s general contractor. GlobalFoundriexs plans to build the computer chip facility on 223 acrese atthe , abou t 15 miles north of Albany. The plant, known as Fab 2, is expectecd to employ more than 1,500 workers durinbg more than two yearsof construction. The 1.3-million-square-foot facilityu is expected to creatwe 1,600 permanent jobs. The land deal is stalled until the company finalizes a labo agreement withunion labor.
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