Coverage of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways

Pilots' Union Head Applauds Stake in 'New' AMR

Pilots to start voting in July

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012  |  Updated 1:38 PM CDT
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Pilots' Union Head Applauds Stake in 'New' AMR

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A union leader says the value of the pilots' share of a post-bankruptcy American Airlines should rise if the company merges with US Airways.

David Bates with the Allied Pilots Association made the comment to members Thursday after the union's board approved a tentative 6-year agreement with American.

The deal would cut Fort Worth-based American's spending on pilots by 17 percent. The agreement would also provide more flexibility to outsource some of the flying to other airlines.

But the union, which supports a potential bid for American by US Airways Group Inc., also would get pay raises, no layoffs, and a 13.5 percent equity stake in the "new" American.

Pilots are expected to start voting in July with the ballots counted Aug. 8.


American Airlines Merger:
Complete coverage of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways into the newly-formed Fort Worth-based company, American Airlines Group (AAL). Click here for more.

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