American Airlines said Friday it has made the "painful but necessary decision" to furlough up to 175 pilots in the first half of this year, with the first round of reductions coming at the end of February. "The impact of the economy and reduction in capacity over the last 18 months, coupled with lower-than-expected pilot attrition, has resulted in a pilot surplus," the company said in a statement. "This staffing adjustment will better align the size of our pilot organization with the size of ...

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