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Delta to cut jobs in management, salaried ranks

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines plans to cut jobs from its administrative workforce, saying it must improve productivity.

The cuts in positions will come from its roughly 10,000 employees in management or salaried positions. The cuts will affect employees at Delta's headquarters in Atlanta near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Overall, Delta has nearly 80,000 employees, and the company said it will continue to hire flight attendants, pilots, reservations agents and other "frontline employees."

Delta said in a written statement that it "must continue to look for ways to improve productivity and stay nimble particularly given that revenue has declined this year."

The airline said it will reduce salaried positions over the next few months.

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The move comes after record profits. Two weeks ago, Delta announced it will increase many of its employees’ base pay by 14.5 percent, albeit while reducing profit sharing.

But on Friday, Delta reported a 5 percent decline in unit revenue for the month of September, less than two weeks before it is due to report quarterly results Oct. 14.

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Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport.

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