Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways pilots ratify seniority integration agreement

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced a seniority integration agreement has been ratified 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 integrates the two groups’ seniority lists. SWAPA’s Board of Directors and ALPA’s Master Executive Council both approved the agreement in September, allowing the membership of each Pilot’s Union to review the proposed agreement and ultimately ratify. Southwest Airlines finalized closing of the acquisition of AirTran Holdings, Inc. on May 2, 2011.

According to the airline, “there is still work to be done to integrate the more than 6,000 Southwest Airlines Pilots, and 1,700 AirTran Pilots. Integration Teams made up of Pilots from both groups have already been formed and are moving forward in an effort to make the combining of the two groups as seamless as possible.”

The two carriers are still two separate airlines with two AOCs working towards a single operating certificate.

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