United will eliminate 13 officer-level positions as part of a restructuring plan that will help it reduce its management and administrative staff levels by 30% by Oct. 1. 

The cuts will include layoffs of seven vice presidents and one senior vice president -- Jill Kaplan, who has headed the carrier’s New York/New Jersey operation. All eight of the officers will remain with the company through September.

In addition, United said five vacant officer-level positions won’t be refilled. 

The carrier expects to fly 25% of its previously planned July schedule, compared with its current schedule reduction of 90%. 

United competitors are similarly preparing to downsize. American Airlines said last week that it will cut 30% of its management and support staff, which is approximately 5,000 jobs.


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