DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines says it expects to avoid laying off any flight attendants after 2,205 of them signed up for severance payments.

The airline said Friday that it will stagger the workers' departures over the next year.

As top-scale attendants leave, the airline says it even expects to begin recruiting new ones later this year.

The attendants' union had sought the early-out payments of $40,000 each to reduce the chance of furloughs.

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