updated 8/15/2007 1:58:36 PM ET 2007-08-15T17:58:36

American Airlines said Wednesday it plans to rehire 460 flight attendants who were laid off when the airline lost money after the 2001 terror attacks.

American said the recalls would address staffing needs and offset expected attrition for the rest of the year.

The flight attendants worked for TWA, which American parent AMR Corp. bought out of bankruptcy in early 2001. The union representing American’s flight attendants put their TWA counterparts at the bottom of the seniority ladder, meaning the TWA workers were first to lose their jobs as AMR slashed thousands of jobs.

In July, Fort Worth-based American rehired 200 flight attendants, more than half of them former TWA employees. Since 2003, the airline has contacted more than 1,900 attendants about returning to work.

American, the largest U.S. carrier, has about 17,500 attendants and 1,600 on furlough. The 460 to be recalled will come from the furloughed group, airline spokesman Tim Smith said.

Since January, American has rehired a little over 200 pilots, Smith said. Those were the first pilots called back since 2001. The airline has about 12,000 pilots.

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