Two Rounds Of
Pilot Layoffs At American Airlines
At American Airlines
January 23, 2010 - American Airlines has reported today that up to 175 pilots will be laid off. On Friday American sent out notices to 80 pilots informing them that they will lose their jobs at the end of February and the remainder sometime in middle spring 2010. Officials said there could be a second round of furloughs in the spring.
The carrier further stated the impact of the economy and reduction in capacity over the last 18 months, coupled with lower than expected pilot attrition, and has resulted in a pilot surplus. This was a painful but necessary decision, as this staffing adjustment will better align the size of our pilot organization with the size of our current operation.
AMR reported Net
Loss of $1.5 billion for 2009, compared to a Loss of $2.1 billion for
2008. AMR reported fourth quarter consolidated revenues of approximately
$5.1 billion, a decrease of 7.4 percent year over year, largely driven
by reduced capacity and the reduced demand for air travel and cargo
resulting from the global economic downturn. While the revenue and
demand environment has remained challenging, the Company's
year-over-year declines in consolidated revenue, cargo revenue and
mainline passenger unit revenue have narrowed sequentially in the third
and fourth quarters.
from sources such as confirmed flight changes, purchased upgrades,
Buy-on-Board food services, and baggage service charges, grew 6.8
percent to $582 million in the fourth quarter, compared to the fourth
quarter of 2008. Even with the drop off in demand and traffic throughout
the year, for all of 2009 other revenue increased 5.4 percent to $2.3
billion compared to 2008. The Company's cargo revenue declined by 16.4
percent to $164 million in the fourth quarter compared to the same
period in 2008. American's mainline passenger revenue per available seat
mile (unit revenue) declined by 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter
compared to the year-ago quarter.
Allied Pilots Association has stated the union leadership and Negotiating Committee are discussing a variety of potential furlough mitigation tools, such as voluntary leaves-of-absence and furloughs-in-stead. APA is hoping to compel management to institute early retirement incentives and other such mechanisms to minimize, if not outright eliminate, the need to furlough. Talks with management concerning these issues will continue. Initial furlough notifications have begun and we estimate that approximately two-thirds of the furloughs will be effective at the end of February. The remaining furloughs will likely take effect at the end of March. Sobering news like this is never easy to pass on. Let it serve as a reminder of the continuing sacrifices we make at this airline ─ particularly the sacrifices made by those pilots now facing another furlough and the 1,887 who remain on furlough.
Inc. (AA) is a major airline of the
American has four
hubs: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), Chicago (ORD), Miami (MIA), and
has two regional affiliates:
? American Eagle
Airlines, with hubs in Chicago O'Hare, Dallas Ft Worth, New York
LaGuardia, Los Angeles, Miami and San Juan providing regional feed to
American throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, and
Airlines, operating as AmericanConnection, feeding American's flights
On July 2, 2008,
American announced furloughs of up to 950 flight attendants, via
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