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Discussion in 'American Airlines | AAdvantage' started by tom911, Sep 7, 2011.
Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-...to-defer-vacations-amid-staffing-concern.html
129 more pilots retiring October 1, after 111 retired September 1.
Those retirements are effective tomorrow? That should have a more serious impact on the schedule. I just don't see the pilots volunteering to work extra shifts while they're still in negotiations.
Perhaps a mix of trying to lock in the share prices, and afraid of a bankruptcy hurting their pensions?
Sounds like it's as of tomorrow. Per http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/09/129-american-airlines-pilots-s.html AA has a plAAn.
Another related article from a few days ago: LINK.
"One senior Boeing 777 pilot told me this week that he expects this month's retirements to be twice last month's 111 departures. Everybody he's flown with in recent days seems to be retiring, he said. A worker at his layover hotel said there were retirement parties every night for pilots who were working their last international trip."
"American has cut back its schedule this fall and cited several reasons, among them the large number of retirements. It said it would operate 0.5 percent less capacity in the fourth quarter than it had previously planned, with cuts primarily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.Where American has had two daily flights a week from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to Tokyo, it is cutting that back to only one flight on two days a week. Two of American's three daily London flights from D/FW now utilize a Boeing 777; next month, only one of the three will be flown by a 777."
If the pilots don't agree to whatever the "relief proposal" on the table includes, I can see a domino effect down the line of other employees being impacted. If you don't have aircraft in the air, less need for flight attendants, gate agents, ramp workers and mechanics. Those could ultimately be the workers that suffer if the pilots don't pick up the extra hours (assuming some variation of that is in the "relief proposal").
Winter (of hell?) is coming.
AA has 11,000 pilots, with another 1,0000 still on furlough, so even with over 200 retiring there is quite a contingent out there. If they're the more senior 777 pilots though it's going to take some time to replace those.
Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/09/30/3410490/additional-129-american-airlines.html#ixzz1ZVTkTuFW