The Association of Professional Flight Attendants is telling its members that another 200 flight attendants will be recalled by American Airlines this year.
This is in addition to the 368 that were announced last week, the union said. The new deal puts 100 furloughed flight attendants back to work by July 15 and another 100 at work by October 15.
"This is tremendous news," said APFA president Laura Glading in a statement. "I am extremely happy that even more people will be back to work. People who've been struggling for a long time will be given a chance to better support their families. I look forward to welcoming everyone on the recall list back to work, and this agreement will permit that happen."
The Fort Worth-based carrier is also agreeing to let the 228 flight attendants that are still on the furlough list, which are primarily workers from TWA, to remain on the recall list with unlimited recall rights. The union says that many of these workers would have fallen off the furlough list on November 1.
In return, American can hire up to 30 new flight attendants who speak Chinese Mandarin. These new flight attendants will be based in Los Angeles and staff routes to China, including American's new route from LAX to Shanghai which is expected to launch in April.
"We welcome our new and returning flight attendants to service and value their integral role in providing an outstanding onboard experience for our customers," said American spokeswoman Missy Latham.