Pilots Unhappy at American Airlines

American Airlines 737-800 lines up for Departure

American Airlines 737-800 lines up for Departure

American Airlines Faces Labor Problems

As American Airlines is making changes to save money in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, employee groups, especially the pilots, are seeing red in-light of recent court approved cutbacks.

This past week has been extremely turbulent over at American – according to data from the flight tracker, FlightAware, flight cancellations have soared and the number of delayed flights this past week has been abnormally high.

Just last week the pilots union distributed ballots to vote on a strike, but a strike remains unlikely at the moment as the carrier navigates the waters of United States Bankruptcy Court. With respect to take-over rumors, both US Airways and International Airlines Group (IAG) are looking at the carrier. IAG is an owner of fellow oneworld British Airways and Iberia Airlines.

Just why are the pilots so unhappy?

The bankruptcy court allowed the airline to not only cut pilots pay and change work rules, but the airline has received the go-ahead to outsource more flying to regional carriers on larger aircraft. Many pilots may not have a career as a result of outsourcing while others will be flying more for less pay.

While there are no official coordinated labor actions at this time, there has been an increase in sick calls as well as more pilots filing maintenance reports according to an individual familiar with the situation.

American Airlines will reportedly reduce their flying schedule to deal with the sick crews and maintenance requests.

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