American, Pilot Union Agree Terms For December Flights

American Airlines, the world's biggest carrier, was forced to scramble this week because a computer glitch allowed too many pilots to schedule vacation during Christmas, risking the cancellation of hundreds of the 200,000 scheduled flights in December.

The trouble started last week when American realized the scheduling glitch potentially left thousands of flights without a pilot during what will be a busy travel season.

The APA, in its own statement, confirmed that American "will be able to maintain a full December schedule as planned for its passengers".

According to the Allied Pilots Association, the union representing the 15,000 pilots who fly for American Airlines, a failure within the system has produced "significant holes" in the operation.

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.

Both APA and American declined to detail the exact nature of the agreement, but the deal comes at a time when airlines' rising labor costs are in the spotlight.


The airline had said it would avoid canceling flights by paying overtime and using reserve or on-call pilots.

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

No flights were canceled due to the scheduling mix-up.

Mr. Tajer said that while flights remained unassigned, the terms of Friday's agreement were expected to attract enough pilots to cover the gap.

Shares of American Airlines Group Inc., which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, fell $1.49, or 3 percent, Friday to close at $49.

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