FORT WORTH, Texas — So many mechanics at American Airlines are taking buyouts that the company expects it will need to lay off only a fraction of the number it had originally planned.
American officials said Friday that the airline will furlough as few as 290 mechanics and parts clerks. It will eliminate the jobs of nearly 1,000 mechanics but has more than 700 vacancies the affected workers can fill.
American said in February it would eliminate 4,600 jobs among mechanics and clerks as it restructured under bankruptcy.
The fate of several thousand bag handlers and other ground workers is still unclear.