ATLANTA (AP) _ Delta Air Lines is asking some pilots to take a month off with reduced pay to trim costs.

Leaders of Delta pilots' union are scheduled to vote Wednesday on the proposal, which would pay the pilots for 55 flight hours per month instead of their usual 75. In return, the pilots would be guaranteed the month off.

The plan would cut costs and ease overstaffing at the airline, spokesman Tom Donahue said Friday. It would be offered on a monthly basis and only to pilots in overstaffed categories, he said.

Delta pared its schedule by 16 percent after the Sept. 11 attacks and has furloughed 400 pilots because of weak demand. The company estimates it will lay off about 1,700 pilots.

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