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Le 4e plus gros transporteur aérien américain, Continental Airlines, va prochainement supprimer des milliers d'emplois en raison des prix records du carburant. American et United ont pris des mesures similaires ces dernières semaines.

 

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      Voir document:
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      LE MONDE | 01.10.07 | 15h14 • Mis à jour le 01.10.07 | 15h14
      MONTRÉAL (CANADA) CORRESPONDANCE
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      Article paru dans l'édition du 02.10.07.
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