updated 10/30/2004 10:51:16 AM ET 2004-10-30T14:51:16

Northwest Airlines plans to recall about 600 flight attendants who have been furloughed.

The Professional Flight Attendants Association said in a message to union members Friday that the flight attendants would “fill vacancies” in the Detroit and Twin Cities bases. Northwest confirmed that recalls will occur but declined to provide details.

Some of the recalled workers could take the places of flight attendants who have retired or left the company.

The union said that about 150 flight attendants would return to work Dec. 15 and that another 450 would be back in service Jan. 30.

“We are thrilled to have 600 of our colleagues coming back to work, and we look forward to the day when all 1,250 furloughed flight attendants are back to work,” said Bob Krabbe, PFAA assistant contract administrator.

Eagan-based Northwest has cut its overall work force by about one-fourth since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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