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United Pilots Vote on New Contract

Pilots at United Airlines are voting on a new labor accord approved by leaders at their union, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The two-year agreement includes an up-to 14.5 percent pay increase, eight-weeks paid maternity leave, and other quality...

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Alaska Pilots Vote to Authorize Strike

Alaska Airlines pilots voted 99 percent in favor of a strike if their union, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), and the airline fails to reach a new contract. To clarify, a strike is not imminent. The U.S. National Mediation...

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Outgoing Allegiant CEO on The Pilot Shortage

Outgoing Allegiant Air CEO Maurice Gallagher shared a blistering takedown of the U.S. pilot production pipeline in his last letter to shareholders. "We are facing a chronic scarcity that will last for years given the known retirements and the projected...

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Cape Air CEO Calls For Unity on Pilot Shortage

Cape Air CEO Linda Markham is worried that airlines are doing the industry a disservice in pursuing individual approaches to boosting pilot supply as the industry works to ease the shortage in the U.S. “I almost wish there could be...

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Pilots Union Sues American Over Training Practices

American Airlines faces a lawsuit from its pilots union over what the latter claims are labor law violations that speak to the airline's lack of preparedness for the upcoming peak summer travel season. The issue turns on who accompanies a...

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AFA Backs Bill to Create National List of Unruly Flyers

The federal mask mandate on flights may be ending soon, but that won’t eliminate the threat of unruly passengers disrupting flights, the head of the largest U.S. flight attendants union warns. “I don’t view the two as related,” Association of...

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Wizz Air, Unions Duke it Out in the Federal Register

Wizz Air and several unions are waging a war in dockets over the Hungarian ULCC’s application to fly to the U.S. It turns out Wizz wants permission for cargo charter flights on an Airbus A330. The complicating factor is the...

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U.S. Airlines Look to Fix The Pilot Shortage

U.S. airline executives are in agreement that the industry faces a pilot shortage that will limit schedules this summer. “What can you do about it?” JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes said of the pilot shortage at a J.P. Morgan investor conference...

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Pilot Shortage Prompts Deep Regional Cuts

Small U.S. airports stood to lose air service as the regional industry adapted to fewer pilots and larger planes. The former issue has finally become a reality with the Covid-19 pandemic proving the catalyst for the long warned of pilot...

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CommutAir, Piedmont Staff Ratify New Deals

United Express carrier CommutAir and its pilots union ratified a new contract that provides 25 percent pay increases for captains, and 32 percent for first officers. The deal ends talks that started in 2019 but paused during the pandemic, resuming...

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Mesa CEO Calls on Lawmakers to Change 1,500-Hour Rule

Mesa Air Group CEO Jonathan Ornstein blasted U.S. requirements that pilots have 1,500 of flight experience before they can take the helm of a commercial aircraft and argued for lawmakers to reduce the number of hours last week. The regional...

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AFA, Delta Spar Over Covid Policies

The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and Delta Air Lines are engaged in a public he-said-she-said over the federal government’s shortening of recommended quarantines from 10 days to five for employees that test positive for Covid-19. Delta’s chief lawyer sent...

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