A kind flight attendant passed on this message that went out Monday morning to American Airlines flight attendants:

23JUL12/1315 
TO: ALL FLIGHT ATTENDANTS 
RE: CANCELLATION OF OLOA EFFECTIVE AUGUST 14, 2012 

EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE COMPANY OFFERED VOLUNTARY LEAVES TO FA‡S  IN AN EFFORT TO AVOID FA FURLOUGHS AS A RESULT OF SCHEDULE REDUCTIONS. AS WE CONSIDER OUR SCHEDULING NEEDS FOR THE FALL MONTHS, WE HAVE MORE LIMITED CREW FLEXIBILITY THAN WE BELIEVE IS PRUDENT. TO ENSURE WE CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE OUR CUSTOMERS RELIABLE SERVICE, WE HAVE DECIDED TO CANCEL OVERAGE LEAVES EFF. AUGUST 14, 2012. FA‡S CURRENTLY ON OVERAGE LEAVE HAVE BEEN ADVISED VIA CERTIFIED MAIL THAT THEIR LEAVE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO RETURN TO ACTIVE DUTY EFFECTIVE AUG 15, 2012

Well, that’ll change some plans for hundreds of flight attendants.

On Feb. 1, American informed the Association of Professional Flight Attendants that it would have to furlough 500 flight attendants because the carrier had cut capacity in late 2011 and early 2012. It avoided the furloughs when enough employees volunteered for one-year leaves of absence that began April 1.

Would anyone like to speculate that the airline is calling all hands on deck in preparation for some early-outs and other impacts upcoming in the number of American Airlines flight attendants, either because of a new contract with the flight attendants or the rejection of the current contract by a bankruptcy judge?

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