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American, Pilot Union Agree Terms For December Flights

American, Pilot Union Agree Terms For December Flights”

The system failure in the pilot schedule bidding system allowed too many pilots to take time off during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

"We are pleased to report that together, American and the Allied Pilots Association have put that worry to rest to make sure our flights will operate as scheduled", American Airlines said in a statement.

The trouble for American Airlines comes two months after Irish low-priced carrier Ryanair said it would cancel more 20,000 flights between November and March after admitting it "messed up" the transition to a new system for scheduling employee vacations.

At its peak, APA estimated that more than 15,000 flights did not have pilots scheduled to fly them.

The spokesman said the details of the agreement will be released later Friday, after it's circulated to the pilots.

American Airlines computer glitch causes holiday pilot shortage.

But on Friday morning, the airline's president, Robert Isom, met with Daniel F. Carey, the president of the Allied Pilots Association, and they agreed on a plan, said Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the union, which represents American Airlines pilots. The APA, meanwhile, advised pilots not to sign on, saying that the airline's solution violated the union contract.

By Thursday, only a few hundred flights remained unstaffed, American said.

The union said it dropped its grievance after a day of talks that addressed the needs of both the pilots and the airline.

American has about 200,000 flights scheduled for December and operates an average of 6,700 daily. The carrier expects that number to continue to decrease, and it has not had to cancel any flights as a result of the error.



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