After over two years of negotiations the pilots of Spirit Airlines will begin voting whether or not to strike on August 21. Voting will end on September 8th.
Frustrated by the slow pace of contract talks, the Frontier Airlines MEC voted unanimously to conduct a strike authorization ballot which will open on August 22 and close September 8th.
Boeing has released that it plans to launch a new aircraft model dubbed by many as the “797”.
Boeing hopes to have the new airplane flying with airlines by 2025.
Plans are for the new aircraft model to serve markets in between the long range 787 and the short range 737. The airplane is planned to seat between 220 and 270 passengers in a twin aisle configuration with a range of up to 5,200 miles.
American Airlines has offered it’s pilots an 8% raise effective May 1, 2017. This mid-contract pay raise was offered to the pilots without any contract concessions and is nearly two years prior to their current contract amendable date.
JetBlue pilots overwhelmingly vote in ALPA as their CBA! After twice rejecting bids to unionize in 2009 and 2011, JetBlue Airways pilots overwhelmingly agreed to be represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, the union said on Tuesday. The Airlines Pilot Association said 71% of JetBlue’s 2,529 pilots voted to unionize.
ALPA said it would now focus on establishing representatives and negotiation committees and on working to negotiate the airline’s first collective bargaining agreement. It said JetBlue pilot members would immediately be entitled to ALPA’s medical advisers and insurance benefits.
Today, JetBlue pilots have voted for ALPA representation so that we have the ability to improve our professional careers,” said Captains Gustavo Rivera and Rocky Durham, co-chairmen of the JetBlue Organizing Committee.
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American Airlines and US Airways announced today that they will merge to form the World’s largest airline. Visit this link for more info: http://newamericanarriving.com/
American Airlines revealed today their new logo and aircraft livery today. Although very modern, it is quite a departure from the old logo. The livery is also much more modern although some are critical of the new paint scheme, particularly the tail.
Here is American’s new logo and livery for you to review:
It appears that US Airways President Doug Parker has made a huge move towards acquiring American Airlines! Rather than negotiate with American Airlines CEO Tome Horton, US Airways went straight to the employees with their negotiations. Seems like a very smart move especially considering that the three major unions at American have seats on the unsecured creditors committee. Last Friday all three major unions at American announced their full support for a merger with US Airways. In addition the APA representing the pilot of American Airlines have agreed to the basic framework of contract terms for the combined carrier.
The APA reported to their pilots the terms of a six year contract. Should the merger go through as planned, American Airlines pilots will be among the most highly compensated of the Legacy Carriers and provide a large boost in pay for the US Airways pilots. Proposed pay for a narrow body Narrowbody Captain are as follows:
• Date of Signing Pay Rate: $172.44
• 3% annual increase for years 2-6
• Year 2: $177.61
• Year 3: $182.94
• Year 4: $188.43
• Year 5: $194.08
• Year 6: $199.90
• Parity with UAL/DAL average at the end of the contract if those companies average is higher than our pay rate
• F/O pay rate 68% of Captain rate.
We believe that a merger with American and US Airways will not only be a win-win for the pilots involved but for all pilots in the industry! There will no longer be a large spread in pay from one Legacy Carrier to the next. This should help the airlines to compete while also raising the bar for all future pilot contract negotiations at all airlines!
We invite you to please discuss the American Airlines and US Airways merger on our pilot forums.