Monday, June 23, 2008

United Will Lay Off 950 Pilots

Skyrocketing Fuel Costs Have Led the Airline to Cut Back on Flights and Pilots
United Airlines says it will eliminate about 950 pilot jobs beginning this summer as part of a plan to cut 1,600 salaried positions and reduce its fleet.

In this file photo, a United Airlines plane leaves San Francisco International Airport. United has announced that it is requiring minimum stays on nearly all domestic flights in an effort to combat rising fuel prices.

United told its pilots union about the cuts Monday. The Chicago-based carrier says it's still working with the unions on the reductions.

Flames shot out from a wheel in the landing gear of a Southwest Airlines jet as it landed Monday at Sky Harbor International Airport, forcing the runway to be shut down for more than two hours.

Firefighters put out the blaze within seconds, Phoenix fire Capt. Victor Rangel said. No one was hurt.

Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said overheated brakes caused the blowout in the plane's right rear landing gear. Mechanics inspected the aircraft at a nearby Southwest maintenance facility Monday.

Airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez said the aircraft remained on the airport's north runway while the 127 passengers were taken to a terminal.

Other flights used the airport's two south runways for the 2 1/2 hours the north runway was shut down. No flight delays were reported.

Flight 2511 originated in Austin, Texas.

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