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Thousands of American Airlines Flights Under Threat Ahead of CWL Dallas

30 November, 2017, 13:15 | Author: Paula Vaughn
  • American Airlines is offering its pilots 150 percent of their hourly pay to work during the holidays after a glitch allowed too many pilots to take vacation at the same time

A glitch has allowed American Airlines pilots to take vacation time in December, leaving some flights without employees to operate them during the holidays.

An American Airlines Boeing 757 aircraft takes off at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, France, August 9, 2016.

The issue with scheduling left flights from the airline's hubs, including New York, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago O'Hare, and New York LaGuardia without any pilots assigned to fly, according to memo seen by CNBC.

"This is certainly not routine", Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the union, told the publication. "You got it.'" Uh, score?

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The union for the pilots says that possibly as many as 15,000 flights between 17 and 31 December will not have adequate crew numbers.

The computer-system problem will force American to rebuild its staffing schedule, similar to what airlines must do after major weather disruptions, said John Cox, chief executive officer of consultant Safety Operating Systems and a former commercial airline pilot.

American pared share gains on the news, climbing 1.3 percent to $49.86 at 1:51 p.m.in NY, easily the smallest gain on a Standard & Poor's index of the five biggest USA airlines. Bloomberg News so far has reported that American is offering pilots 150 percent of their hourly wage to work over the holidays. A grievance filed by the union requires union login credentials, preventing Jalopnik from accessing it. Jalopnik has reached out to the union in regards to this, as well as how the union has advised pilots to approach offers from American Airlines in the meantime, and has yet to hear back. We will work with the APA to take care of our pilots and ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays.

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