Air Transport World

AA/PILOT DEAL NEARS

American Airlines' pilots are expected to approve a new contract this month, after the Allied Pilots Assn. board voted 12-6 to send the tentative agreement to the membership for ratification. Should pilots reject the contract, a 30-day cooling-off period would be set in motion, after which they could strike.

The new agreement bumps the wage increase from 5% over three years to 9% over five years. It also phases out the 2-tier wage scale.

In return, APA yielded on the key issue of regional jets, although AA agreed to cap the RJ fleet at 67 aircraft, offer no-furlough guarantees to pilots currently on the seniority list and allow displaced main-line pilots to bump regional pilots off the jets. …

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