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.