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MORE DELTA PILOTS RETIRE BEFORE PAY CUTS TAKE EFFECT

The number of Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots who retired effective today, the day a 32.5 percent pay cut went into effect, ballooned to 229, more than three times as many as in November.

Of those who submitted their papers by today, 197 were early retirements, said Karen Miller, a spokeswoman for the pilots union. The normal pilot retirement age at Delta is 60. Senior pilots with enough years of service can retire early at age 50.

Those pilots who retired on today will receive retirement benefits based on their salaries before the pay cuts, Miller said.