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NEW YORK — United Airlines is about to make some of its flight attendants very happy on their way out the door.

The airline and the flight attendants’ union have agreed to voluntary buyout packages worth up to $100,000 for the more senior flight attendants.

The offer also means that flight attendants now on temporary layoff will be recalled to work.

The airline did not disclose how many buyouts will be paid out, or if there will be net reduction of staff at the carrier as a result. United has more than 23,000 flight attendants now on staff.

The airline also did not disclose the typical pay for its flight attendants. Salary tracker glassdoor.com puts flight attendant annual pay at the airline at just under $36,000, which is in line with Labor Department estimates for pay for the job. Senior flight attendants who are being offered the buyouts are likely earning high wages.

The union said the agreement will be an important boost to employee morale, providing more job security for those who remain with the airline.