American Airlines, Pilots Agree on Plan to Limit Layoffs

By Kurt Stolz on 5 August 2020
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American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, said it had reached a deal with its pilots union that would reduce the number of job losses come October as the airline continues to shrink in size as fewer people travel amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

In July, the airline warned 25,000 employees, including 2,500 pilots, that they might be furloughed after September 30, when limitations on layoffs due to federal bailouts would expire.

The airline had offered pilots and other employees buyouts and early retirement options but it “still had more people than necessary to run our operation, said Kimball Stone, the airline’s senior vice president.

The new agreement with the Allied Pilots Association would let its members work alternate months through next May. It would also allow them to take leave while receiving training, which would keep them in a position to be rehired as travel recovers.

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