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Piedmont passenger service agents ratify a new contract

Piedmont Airlines passenger service agents represented by the Communications Workers of America ratified a new five-year contract today.

The agreement covers 6,000 agents in 28 states at the American Airlines subsidiary, and provides significant improvements in the collective bargaining agreement, including wage increases across the board and new defined pay scales.

Contract highlights include:

  • Defined pay scales with guaranteed 3 percent increases. Wages at the top of the scales in the first year of the contract range from $16 to $20, depending on location. In the final year of the contract, the top wage range is $17.25 to $21.75.

●     A lump sum payment equal to 6% of the employee’s 2017 W-2 earnings for agents with at least one year of completed service.

●     Improvements in shift trade, mandatory overtime and training policies.

●     Enhancements to vacation time policies for part-time employees

  • Stronger healthcare benefits.

Piedmont Agents have been in negotiations for a new contract with the company since November 2016. The new agreement was reached with the involvement of the National Mediation Board after agents voted against ratification of an earlier tentative contract.

“I’m proud of our bargaining team and our members who were determined to fight for improvements at American Airlines,” said Richard Honeycutt, Vice President of CWA District 3 and Chair of CWA’s Passenger Service Airline Council. “We must build on our progress and strengthen our union so that the company treats passenger service agents with the respect they deserve.”

All photos by Piedmont Airlines.

Piedmont Airlines operates its last de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 revenue flight

The last Henson/Piedmont Dash 8 revenue flight was operated by N330EN on July 4, 2018 (AA/PDT 4927 Charlotte-New Bern-Salisbury)

Piedmont Airlines on July 4, 2018, as planned, operated the last revenue flights for the de Havilland Canada (Bombardier) DHC-8 Dash 8. The final flight was flight AA/PDT 4927 from the Charlotte hub (below) to Salisbury, MD via a stop at New Bern, NC.

 

Above Photos: Piedmont Airlines.

American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N330EN (msn 274) CLT (Trent Sellers). Image: 942660.

Above Copyright Photo: N330EN departs from Charlotte. American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N330EN (msn 274) CLT (Trent Sellers). Image: 942660.

Flight AA/PDT 4927 arrived at 20:40 (8:40 pm) local time at Wicomico Regional Airport in Salisbury-Ocean City, MD. The sunset flight ended an era at the company.

The pictured DHC-8-311 N330EN (msn 274) operated the last Dash 8 revenue flight for Piedmont Airlines/Henson Aviation.

This was also the last prop aircraft operated under the American Eagle brand. American Eagle carriers are now all-jet operations.

Piedmont Airlines wrote this on social media:

We laughed, we cried, we celebrated, we remembered, but most of all we came together. Thank you to everyone who shared their memories of this incredible aircraft. It may be gone from our operation, but it will certainly not be forgotten. The end of an era simply means the start of a new one. We cannot wait to create a new legacy and share it with all of you.

Top Copyright Photo (all other images by Piedmont Airlines): American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N330EN (msn 274) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402842.

American Eagle-Piedmont aircraft slide show:

1 legacy, 7 liveries and a lifetime of memories. Watch the video below to view our Dash 8 Documentary. Whether you’re catching one of our last flights or watching from across the world, we are endlessly thankful for the shared stories and beautiful photos of this incredible aircraft. To the Dash 8, you will certainly be missed.

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Today an era ends at Piedmont Airlines

Today, as we previously reported, Piedmont Airlines will operate its last Dash 8 revenue flight.

 

 

Last night Piedmont made this announcement on social media:

On the eve of retiring our fleet of Dashes, we welcomed our 47th Embraer jet to the fleet! Bittersweet day ahead, Piedmont team.

All images above by Piedmont Airlines.

American Eagle-Piedmont aircraft slide show:

Bottom Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N336EN (msn 336) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403769.

American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N336EN (msn 336) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403769.

Piedmont Airlines to operate the last DHC-8 Dash 8 flight on July 4, 2018

American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N337EN (msn 284) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403770.

Piedmont Airlines (2nd) began Embraer ERJ 145 (EMB-145) regional jet revenue service for American Airlines as an American Eagle carrier in February 2016.

The arrival of the EMB-145s marked the sixth Piedmont transition to new aircraft since 1962.

The change prior to this came in 1985 when Henson Aviation moved from the four-engine de Havilland Canada DHC-7-100 Dash 7 turboprop (below) to the newer Dash 8.

Allegheny Commuter - Henson Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-7-102 Dash 7 N903HA (msn 52) PHL (Bruce Drum). Image: 103193.

Above Copyright Photo: Allegheny Commuter – Henson Airlines de Havilland Canada DHC-7-102 Dash 7 N903HA (msn 52) PHL (Bruce Drum). Image: 103193.

Piedmont is in the process of retiring the last DHC-8-300 Dash 8, with the final DHC-8-300 revenue flight scheduled for July 4, 2018. The final flight will be a passenger service from Charlotte to the Piedmont headquarters in Salisbury, Maryland.

Piedmont currently has 46 Embraer 145 regional jets in its fleet, with two additional jets arriving each month.

Henson Aviation was formed by Richard A. Henson in 1961 as a FBO in Hagerstown, MD. His Hagerstown Commuter began operations on October 1, 1962.

Henson became an Allegheny Commuter airline in 1967. The company shifted to flying for Piedmont Airlines (1st) in 1983.

The first de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 entered revenue service for Henson Airlines on May 2, 1985 with a flight between Salisbury, MD and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

Henson Airlines-Piedmont Regional Airline de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N917HA (msn 75) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103719.

Above Copyright Photo: Henson Airlines-Piedmont Regional Airline de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N917HA (msn 75) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103719.

Henson Airlines (Henson Aviation) operated the DHC-8 Dash 8s for Piedmont Airlines as the Piedmont Regional Airline and later as Piedmont for USAir as USAir Express.

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Above Copyright Photo: US Airways Express-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-102 N807EX (msn 292) CLT (Bruce Drum). Image: 101955.

Below Copyright Photo: US Airways Express-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 N326EN (msn 234) CLT (Bruce Drum). Image: 102365.

US Airways Express-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N326EN (msn 234) CLT (Bruce Drum). Image: 102365.

Henson was renamed Piedmont Airlines (2nd) in 1993 to preserve the Piedmont name. Piedmont Airlines operated the DHC-8 Dash 8 for USAir Express, US Airways Express and now as an American Eagle carrier.

Piedmont previously retired the DHC-8-100 Dash 8 (below) on November 29, 2017.

American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N807EX (msn 292) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403765.

Above Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N807EX (msn 292) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403765.

The DHC-8-200 was previously retired in 2008 (below).

According to Piedmont Airlines, here are the destinations served by their Dash 8s throughout history:

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Above Copyright Photo: USAir Express-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) de Havilland Canada DHC-8-201 Dash 8 N990HA (msn 428) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104040.

Top Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N337EN (msn 284) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403770.

Below Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N330EN (msn 274) CLT (Trent Sellers). Image: 942659.

American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N330EN (msn 274) CLT (Trent Sellers). Image: 942659.

American Eagle-Piedmont aircraft slide show:

Piedmont Airlines officially retires the last DHC-8-100 Dash 8 from scheduled service, some will continue as a back-up aircraft

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Piedmont Airlines, as planned, officially retired the last de Havilland Canada DHC-8-100 Dash 8 from scheduled service from the Philadelphia hub on November 29, 2017.

The type goes back to the Henson Airlines days. The last scheduled flight was flight AA 4810 from Philadelphia to the Salisbury, MD base with the pictured N806EX.

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The airline made the following short announcement on November 29, 2017 on social media:

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Our last scheduled Dash-8-100 flight happens later on November 29, 2017 (PHL-SBY 4810) so it’s fitting that we also received jet #34 this morning. 100s are still being used as spares, so don’t be surprised if you see one out in the wild somewhere.

Interesting day at Piedmont – we said goodbye to the Dash 8 in PHL and HVN, introduced the Embraer-145 in IPT and took delivery of our 34th jet in SBY (below).

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Piedmont Airlines is due to retire the larger DHC-8-300 Dash 8 in July 2018.

Bottom Copyright Photo (all others by Piedmont Airlines): The pictured N837EX was operating from the Charlotte hub on November 29, 2017 as a spare aircraft. American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N837EX (msn 217) (Piedmont Airlines colors) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 935577.

American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-102 Dash 8 N837EX (msn 217) (Piedmont Airlines colors) DCA (Brian McDonough). Image: 935577.

Piedmont Airlines passenger service agents to protest low wages outside PHL, CLT and PHX International Airports

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The union representing the Pidemont Airlines (2nd) passenger service agents have made this announcement:

Piedmont Airlines passenger service agents, members of the Communications Workers of America, will picket Piedmont operations at Philadelphia International Airport; Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, AZ on Monday, Nov. 20.

Agents are frustrated that contract negotiations have been dragging on for the past year, and are calling for the airline to get serious about negotiating a fair contract.

CWA represents 4,600 Piedmont agents nationwide, as well as 3,800 agents at Envoy and 14,000 passenger service agents at American Airlines.

Agents and allies are demonstrating their determination to get a fair contract and end the pay gap between regional airlines and mainline carriers. Despite extensive job responsibilities and long hours, Piedmont agents’ pay is less than half of the pay of mainline agents’ pay.

What: Protest and leafleting outside Piedmont operations at PHL, CLT and PHX.

When: Protest will be held on Monday, Nov. 20, in PHL from 8 am-11 am and 2 pm-5 pm; in CLT from 7 am-1 pm, and in PHX from 10 am-11:30 am. (all events are local time.)

Why: Piedmont agents help connect American Airlines passengers to their destinations every day and are proud of their contribution to American’s success. But Piedmont has been stalling and dragging its feet in negotiating a fair contract with the workers who help make it successful.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-Piedmont Airlines (2nd) Bombardier DHC-8-311 Dash 8 (Q300) N328EN (msn 281) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402765.

Piedmont Airlines to start Embraer 145 training in Charlotte as it transitions to an all-jet fleet

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Piedmont Airlines, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, will begin training pilots at the American Airlines Training Center in Charlotte to fly its fleet of Embraer 145 regional jets. The expansion comes as Piedmont transitions from turboprops to an all jet fleet.

Piedmont has added Embraer 145 desktop training stations in Charlotte and purchased a full sized Embraer cabin trainer for pilots and flight attendants. An E145 full motion simulator will be installed in Charlotte in 2017. Piedmont recently introduced a new pilot pay package that includes nearly $60,000 in pay and bonuses for first year pilots and an additional $20,000 in first officer retention payments.

Piedmont takes delivery of its twelfth jet in November, and will continue to add jets to the fleet through 2017. Pilots hired by Piedmont move to American Airlines in seniority order under a collective bargaining “flow” agreement. Piedmont currently employs approximately 470 pilots, but will expand that number to more than 600 in 2017.

Photo: Piedmont Airlines.

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American’s Envoy Air, Piedmont and PSA offer a $15,000 signing bonus for new pilots

American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N576NN (msn 15367) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403064.

The three regional airline subsidiaries of American Airlines Group are all offering a $15,000 signing bonus for new pilots:

Envoy Air issued this statement:

Envoy Air Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group (AAL), now offers new hire pilots a $15,000 bonus when they join the company.

Through its industry-leading flow-through agreement with American Airlines, Envoy offers pilots a guaranteed path to American Airlines without having to interview again – or compete with the thousands of pilots who apply to American every year. Envoy pilots currently make up half of every American Airlines new hire class – in fact, nearly two thirds of American new hires since 2010 started their career at Envoy.

Piedmont Airlines (2nd) issued this statement:

Piedmont Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL), will pay a $15,000 signing bonus to all new hire pilots, effective immediately. Piedmont employees will also collect $5,000 for every pilot they refer to the airlines.

Pilots who come to Piedmont enjoy a generous benefits package including excellent health care and 401(k) with company match. Piedmont provides hotel rooms for commuting pilots and industry-leading flight benefits on American Airlines.

Piedmont employees can earn some cash, too. Employees who refer a pilot to the company will collect $5,000 if their pilot is hired, passes training and stays with the company for six months. “It’s a great opportunity for all of our employees to participate in our recruiting efforts,” Hogg said. “Any employee can recommend a friend or family member pilot through our Human Resources department and get rewarded with a bonus for doing so. It now means we have 7,000 people recruiting for Piedmont Airlines, and that’s exciting.”

Piedmont plans to hire more than 200 pilots in 2016. Piedmont will hold pilot information sessions and on-site interviews at Philadelphia International Airport on June 17; in Newark, N.J. (Newark Airport Marriott) on June 23 and in New York City (JFK Courtyard Marriott) on June 24. Details are available online at Piedmont-airlines.com.

PSA Airlines (2nd) issued this statement:

PSA Airlines has announced an important enhancement to its pilot recruiting platform by rolling out a $15,000 sign-on bonus for all new-hire pilots. This valuable improvement enriches PSA’s existing top-notch employment opportunities which already offer the highest quality of life in the regional industry and the only true seniority-based pilot flow through program to American Airlines (AAL).

In addition to today’s expanded pilot bonus program, PSA will also be enhancing the value of its employee referral program for pilots by increasing the payout from $1,000 to $5,000 for eligible participants and aims to further reward current employees as ambassadors for the company to attract the best and brightest future aviators. Employee referrals are an important part of pilot recruitment and with this increase, PSA will be materially compensating its workforce for helping identify and onboard future pilot colleagues.

The long-term stability, unmatched career opportunities and quality of life at PSA is something few regional carriers can match. With a young and efficient fleet – including more than 50 brand-new large regional jets, a sustainable cost advantage versus competitors and the experience as a reliable provider of service, PSA is an airline that will remain a vitally important regional provider for American.

PSA is building on the success of its sustained pilot recruitment initiatives, including these two enhanced programs announced today. Earlier this year, the airline implemented an industry-leading Cadet Program which helps the most promising future pilots make a smooth transition from the classroom at top colleges, universities and flight schools to the cockpit and offers various levels of support as the Cadet’s certifications, training and experience evolves.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N576NN (msn 15367) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403064.

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American Airlines’ first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner emerges from the Boeing paint shop

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American Airlines‘ (Dallas/Fort Worth) first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner (N800AN, msn 40618) emerged from the paint shop this morning at Boeing’s Everett facility. American has released these photos.

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N800AN will be delivered in December. The first 787-8 is scheduled to enter revenue service in early 2015 initially on domestic routes.

American has 42 Boeing 787s on order including 16 787-8s and 26 787-9s, with 58 options. The airline is scheduled to take delivery of two 787s this year, 11 in 2015, 13 in 2016 and nine in 2017.

American will replace some of its older Boeing 767-300s with the new 787s.

In other news, US Airways has repainted its Airbus A319-112 N744P (msn 1287) (below) in the 1974 Piedmont Airlines (1st) (Winston-Salem) livery now with American titles. US Airways is gradually repainting all of the legacy jets with American titles.

American-US Airways A319-100 N744P (14-Piedmont 74)(Grd)(American)(LR)

All Images by American Airlines (except the slide show by AirlinersGallery.com).

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Piedmont Airlines’ flight attendants ratify the new contract

Piedmont Airlines’ (2nd) (US Airways Express) (Salisbury) flight attendants, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), have voted to ratify a new five-year collective bargaining agreement that was reached on March 6. The new contract was ratified by the airline’s 180 flight attendants who are based in Harrisburg, PA; Salisbury, MA; Charlottesville, VA; Roanoke, VA and New Bern, NC.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Bombardier (de Havilland Canada) DHC-8-102 N908HA (msn 015) of Piedmont Airlines (2nd) taxies to the runway at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) hub.

Piedmont Airlines-US Airways Express: AG Slide Show