MIAMI (AP) _ An aircraft maintenance company announced plans Friday to slash about 1,000 jobs at centers in Florida and Connecticut.

Greenwich Air Services, based in Miami, laid off the first wave of employees Friday, but officials would not say how many were let go.

It said it planned to slash 550 of the 1,000 jobs at a South Florida plant and to pare an additional 460 jobs as it closes a Connecticut center by June.

The job cuts are part of a move to consolidate operations along product lines, said Craig Huston, general manager of the company.

The Miami-based company was bought in September by General Electric for $530 million.

Officials said the Connecticut maintenance center was not as efficient as others run by the company.

Greenwich's South Florida facilities near Miami International Airport and in Medley will focus only on industrial engines and accessories. Overhaul and maintenance work on aircraft engines, once a major part of the Miami operations, will be moved to other Greenwich Air and GE engine shops, primarily in Dallas and Ontario, Calif., officials said.