Layoffs planned for Alaska Airlines

    Seattle, Washington, (KINY) About 100 employees could lose jobs or be laid off soon.

    The Seattle Times acquired an email sent to employees by Alaska Air vice president Andy Schneider.  Employees also learned in an internal company webcast that the re-organization would result in the job cuts.

    Employees won't know their job status for about three weeks.  The Times reported the company isn't considering other options such as across the board pay cuts, or the voluntary separation packages.

    The company said no pilots, cabin crew, gate agents, aircraft mechanics and engineers, operations center staff and employees working at call centers or airport lounges will be laid off.

    Alaska has faced tough competition from Delta, Southwest Airlines and Virgin America.  The price of oil is also over $80 a barrel that increased jet fuel prices.



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