American Airlines Announces Raises for Pilots and Flight Attendants

By Paul Riegler on 26 April 2017
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DSC_0892American Airlines, the world’s largest carrier, announced Tuesday it will give a pay increase to its pilots and flight attendants.

The Fort Worth-based airline, which is under contract and not currently in negotiations with either workgroup, said it plans to give piots an average pay increase of 8% and flight attendants an average increase of 5%.

The airline said it was “doing the right thing” for its employees with the move.

“While the commitment was met when the contract was signed, we never anticipated this large of a gap for this long a period, and we don’t like that it exists, contract or not,” the airline said in a letter signed by Doug Parker, its CEO, and Robert Isom, its president. American plans to increase pay “to levels that are equal to the highest rates currently in place at either Delta or United.”

Both the Allied Pilots Association and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the unions that represent the pilots and flight attendants respectively, have to agree to the raises before they can go into effect.

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