American, pilots reach deal to avoid canceling flights

Lloyd Doyle
December 8, 2017

According to the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the glitch had left more than 15,000 flights without a captain, co-pilot or both between December 17 and December 31 at dozens of airports.

The system failure in the pilot schedule bidding system allowed too many pilots to take time off during one of the busiest travel times of the year.

Photo On Friday, Americans Airlines said it resolved a scheduling problem that had left thousands of flights without assigned pilots over the holidays. The carrier expects that number to continue to decrease, and it has not had to cancel any flights as a result of the error.

Then, on Thursday, American said that the problem was largely solved, and "only a few hundred" flights remained unassigned.

"Customers can rest assured we will have the full schedule covered in December", Matt Miller, a spokesman for American Airlines, said in a phone interview on Friday evening.

Union spokesman Dennis Tajer said details will be released after pilots see the deal.

But on Friday afternoon, the Allied Pilots Assn., the union that represents American's 15,000 pilots, said the group had reached an agreement with the carrier regarding the extra pay, among other issues surrounding the vacation snafu.

The union said it dropped its grievance after a day of talks that addressed the needs of both the pilots and the airline.

"Both sides got together to figure this out and now we are going to be flying jets over the Christmas holidays", Tajer said.

The Christmas season is already a chaotic time for many people, but a computer glitch could make things even more hard for American Airlines and anyone scheduled to fly with them next month.

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