American Airlines agreed to raise its pilot contract offer by more than a billion dollars to bring it on par with the tentative agreement (TA) competitor United Airlines reached with its pilots last week, Ramishah Maruf reported for CNN.
Photo Insert: The total offer reaches about $9 billion dollars in incremental compensation and benefits.
The total offer reaches about $9 billion dollars in incremental compensation and benefits, CEO Robert Isom said in a call with pilots Friday.
It will include a pay raise for pilots and a ratification bonus. Isom said the United agreement “changed the landscape” and had wages that were higher than Delta’s original negotiations.
“The wages and retro pay matched the best in the industry — which, at the time, was Delta,” Isom said.
“And the TA includes significant unique quality-of-life provisions critically important to American’s pilots.” Isom said the goal is to reach an August ratification.
The Allied Pilots Association (APA) board of directors said Isom’s announcement gave an “offer that included the least critical elements prioritized by the Board and was riddled with contingencies that would justifiably fail to pass muster with our members.”