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Northwest Cutting Flight Attendants

Up to 1,400 could lose their jobs as the bankrupt airline restructures.
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is planning to lay off as many as 1,400 flight attendants in coming months as it seeks to restructure in bankruptcy.

The Professional Flight Attendants Association said Wednesday on its Web site that it received word from the airline that two rounds of job cuts are in the works. The first, set for Oct. 31, will see 900 layoffs. A second round is set for sometime in January, and Northwest currently expects 500 layoffs then, though that number could change, the PFAA said.

A Northwest representative confirmed the numbers of the planned layoffs but declined to comment further.

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Last week the airline's pilots union said reduced flying time would cause about 400 layoffs among its ranks.

The Eagan, Minn., company sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last Wednesday simultaneously with another legacy airline,

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Northwest shares will likely be cancelled and rendered worthless if and when the airline emerges from bankruptcy, but they do still trade and were at 71 cents.