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Delta Air spells out layoff strategy

Delta Air Lines Inc. said Sunday it will cut 2,000 maintenance jobs, up to 3,100 customer-service jobs, and between 1,600 and 1,800 other personnel as part of a previously announced plan to cut total staffing by 7,000.
/ Source: Reuters

Delta Air Lines Inc., the No. 3 U.S. carrier, said Sunday it will cut 2,000 aircraft-maintenance jobs, up to 3,100 customer-service jobs, and between 1,600 and 1,800 supervisory and administrative personnel as part of a previously announced plan to cut total staffing by 7,000.

A company spokeswoman said the actual number of cuts will be about 100 below its initial forecast. Delta has more than 60,000 employees, according to its Web site.

Atlanta-based Delta has been searching for ways to cut costs to restructure its business in a fight to avoid bankruptcy. Like other airlines, it has been plagued by high costs, weak revenue, skyrocketing fuel prices and stiff competition from discount carriers.

The company last week said General Electric Co.’s commercial finance unit agreed to provide $500 million of financing.

Delta’s shares closed up 12 cents at $6.15 on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday.