With the upcoming December holiday travel season, many were shocked on Wednesday when management at American Airlines revealed that there had been an error involving the pilot schedule bidding system.
On Thursday, the company said just a few hundred of its late-December flights still did not have pilots set to fly the plans.
Mr. Tajer said that while flights remained unassigned, the terms of Friday's agreement were expected to attract enough pilots to cover the gap.
American Airlines announced Friday that it had reached an agreement with its pilots union to avoid the cancellation of thousands of flights this holiday season that were left without cockpit crews due to a scheduling error. "That number of open flights continues to decrease thanks to our pilots who are stepping up to the plate and picking up trips to ensure customers are taken care of", said American Airlines. It's another example of why we are thankful to have such an incredible team.
The airline negotiated with the pilots' union, and they came to an agreement, so all holiday flights will be covered.
Earlier this week, the Allied Pilots Association said that more than 15,000 American flights from december 17 to 31 could be without pilots because the glitch allowed too many of them to schedule vacation during that period. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL.
As first reported, the error impacted more than 15,000 flights from December 17-31.