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Alaska to cut 100 management staff: reports

Alaska Airlines plans to cut about 100 jobs as part of a management shakeup that comes as the carrier seeks to reverse its downward-trending financial results, according to reports.

Reached by FlightGlobal, the airline stopped short of explicitly confirming the layoffs, saying only: "These will not be easy steps to take, but they are necessary to reset how management supports our frontline employees."

Alaska adds it will not eliminate any "front-line employee non-management jobs". Those include airport employees and staff working in roles related to flight and inflight operations, customer service, call centers, maintenance and operations control.

The Seattle Times reported that Alaska notified employees in an 11 October email that the company was planning to make 100 "management reductions", the details of which would be sorted in about three weeks.

Alaska has struggled in recent quarters as it has worked to merge with Virgin America. The merger has pushed up costs and eroded profits. Meanwhile, fuel costs are rising.

Alaska's second quarter operating profit slipped 44% year-over-year to $271 million.

The carrier's parent Alaska Air Group will report its third quarter financial results on 25 October.

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