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United to furlough 688 flight attendants

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United Airlines plane at O'Hare airport. (Photo courtesy of  Lasse Fuss via Wikicommons) United Airlines plane at O'Hare airport. (Photo courtesy of Lasse Fuss via Wikicommons)

CHICAGO (AP) - United Airlines on Thursday announced that it will furlough nearly 700 flight attendants, because the carrier did not get enough employees to take a voluntary buyout.

United has said it wants to cut $2 billion in annual expenses.

The furloughed flight attendants all worked at United before it merged with Continental in 2010. Flying capacity at the merged airline is down three percent since then.

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA said the furloughs will hit the workers who joined the airline most recently. Greg Davidowitch, the head of the union at United, says the layoffs show the promise of the merger is not being realized.

Flight attendants from the two airlines still work on the planes that came from each airline. A spokeswoman for United Continental Holdings said the United side had too many flight attendants.

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