Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways Pilots’ Unions reach a tentative agreement

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced an agreement in principle between the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA), the union representing Southwest Airlines Pilots and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union representing the pilots of AirTran Airways (Orlando). This agreement in principle, subject to the respective unions’ board approval and membership ratification, would integrate the two groups’ seniority lists. Southwest Airlines finalized closing of the acquisition of AirTran Holdings, Inc. on May 2, 2011.

Southwest Airlines will continue to work toward combining the operations of both carriers and to the success this opportunity offers Customers, Employees and Shareholders. Reaching a negotiated agreement with the two Pilot groups avoids the arbitration process and gives both groups ownership of the combined list.

In contrast, US Airways is still operating as a “two-group airline” (East and West) with two separate pilot groups and contracts.

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