Northwest to lay off 1,400 flight attendants

/ Source: The Associated Press

Northwest Airlines Corp. will lay off 1,400 flight attendants between Oct. 31 and January 2006, the bankrupt carrier told its flight attendants on Wednesday.

The layoffs will begin with 900 furloughs on Oct. 31, the memo said, including 480 in Detroit, Northwest's largest hub, and 355 in Minneapolis, according to a memo by a Northwest vice president for in-flight services that was provided by the Professional Flight Attendants Association.

The pilot's union said last week that 400 pilots will be laid off in coming months.

Northwest said when it filed for Chapter 11 protection last week that it would furlough more workers.