American Airlines has proposed a 20% salary increase over two years to its pilots after more than three years of negotiations. Pilots’ salaries would increase under the present proposal by 12% up front, 5% after one year, and another 2% after that.
Compared to the offer made to pilots at the end of June, the current one is 3% better. After United Airlines and its pilots union tentatively agreed to a contract that would see a 14% pay increase over 18 months, American Airlines offered its pilots a 17% boost in June.
American’s offer has been accepted by the union’s bargaining committee, but nothing is final unless the Allied Pilots Association leadership and general membership also agree.
Pilots are battling for improved working conditions and schedules, but as with every contract discussion, money is on the table. According to the proposed agreement, senior captains would make about $432 per hour, and rookie first officers would get $101 per hour.
The new idea was scheduled to be discussed on Monday, but according to Allied Pilots Association President Ed Sicher, the meeting had to be cancelled because of formalities.
As the last act of the present board before the new board takes over on Tuesday, November 1, there are rumours that persons on one or both sides wanted this agreement to be signed by Monday, October 31.
The offer was submitted by American Airlines on Monday, October 24, and according to the law, there must be seven days between the day an offer is made to the union board and the vote that determines whether to convey the decision to the pilot group. The vote would occur on the final day of the present board if it weren’t for the procedural issue.
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American Airlines’ Boeing 777 incident
The American Airlines Boeing 777 had to declare an emergency and return to Ministro Pistarini on the evening of October 27. It landed on runway 11 at 22:45 local time. The flight had left from Ezeiza airport bound for Miami.
Some accounts claim that when the jet made contact with runway 11, it ejected debris, forcing the closure of runways 11/29 and 17/35 for a Foreign Object Debris (FOD) check. Runway 17/35 was reopened shortly after that.
The aircraft, according to ADS-B monitoring devices, climbed to a maximum altitude of 3200 feet (1060 metres) before making an emergency landing at the home airport.
The concerned aircraft is a Boeing 777-223 (ER), registration N765AN, serial 32879, which was provided to American Airlines in May 2003.
Despite the fact that the first complaints mention a compressor stall, this information could not be verified. There have been no reports of casualties to the crew or passengers as of yet.
The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) acknowledged that it got involved in the event via its Twitter account.
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