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30,000 TWU-IAM ground workers open negotiations with American Airlines

American Airlines Boeing 757-2B7 WL N935UW (msn 27201) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402735.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has opened contract negotiations with 30,000 ground workers.  The TWU-IAM Association announced that it commenced the largest ever joint contract negotiations with American Airlines for approximately 30,000 ground workers in Dallas, Texas.

The unions issued this statement:

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“American Airlines is booking record profits quarter after quarter because of its merger with US Airways. The carrier will more than double its earnings this year as compared to last year’s results,” said Association Chairman and Vice Chairman Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, respectively. “The time has come for the 30,000 TWU-IAM Association members to achieve what they rightfully deserve: the industry’s best contracts.”

“It was these workers who sacrificed when times were bad and made it possible for American to not only survive, but now thrive,” continued Pantoja and Lombardo. “It’s high time they receive their just rewards by attaining the job security, compensation, working conditions and the dignified retirement they rightfully deserve. Nothing less will suffice.”

American Airlines and US Airways merged in 2013, creating the largest global airline. In response to that consolidation, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) formed a labor alliance, representing approximately 30,000 Mechanic and Related, Fleet Service and Stores/Logistics employees. Prior to the merger, the TWU represented pre-merger ground workers at American and the IAM represented their pre-merger US Airways counterparts.

The TWU-IAM Association is the largest labor union at American Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly painted in the Star Alliance livery, Boeing 757-2B7 N935UW (msn 27201) arrives at the Charlotte hub.

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Allegiant to retire the Boeing 757 and end Hawaii service

All Boeing 757-200s to be retired by early 2017

Allegiant Air (Honolulu) has announced it is ending all service to Hawaii and as a result will retire the last Boeing 757-200.

The company started service to the 50th State in June 2012 from Fresno and Las Vegas and has been downsizing the number of routes to the islands. Due to rising costs, the company will exit the Hawaii market in early September 2016 when it drops the last route to Honolulu. The last 757 will exit the fleet in early 2017.

Employees in Hawaii will be relocated.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-204 N901NV (msn 25963) lands at the Las Vegas base.

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Allegiant dismisses claims of an impasse in the on-going pilot negotiations

Allegiant Air (Las Vegas) has issued this statement in reference to the on-going pilot negotiations for a new contract:

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Allegiant issued a statement that dismantles the recent request from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 1224 for the National Mediation Board (NMB) to declare an impasse in pilot contract negotiations, and highlights the significant progress that has been made towards a first contract for Allegiant’s pilots.

In response to the union’s request, Allegiant COO Steve Harfst said in a letter to all company employees that the company wants to reach a deal with the union that provides Allegiant pilots with significantly higher wages, improved retirement plans, a union-sponsored health plan, and better scheduling rules. He noted that “the IBT’s request ignores the reality that significant progress is being made in these negotiations. Fourteen of 26 sections have been agreed to, and proposals for the remaining 12 sections are being actively negotiated. In fact, nine sections of the proposed contract have been agreed to just since the start of 2015, which is the clearest evidence that the parties are moving towards an agreement.”

The full text of Mr. Harfst’s letter to employees follows.

October 14, 2015

Dear Allegiant Team Members:

Earlier today, the National Mediation Board (NMB) received a letter from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) asking the NMB to declare an impasse in the pilot contract negotiations with Allegiant. I wanted to provide you with Allegiant’s perspective on this recent development.

The IBT’s request ignores the reality that significant progress is being made in these negotiations. Fourteen of 26 sections have been agreed to, and proposals for the remaining 12 sections are being actively negotiated. In fact, nine sections of the proposed contract have been agreed to just since the start of 2015, which is the clearest evidence that the parties are moving towards an agreement.

Allegiant wants to reach an agreement with its pilots as soon as possible. We are moving forward at the bargaining table and we are nowhere near impasse. This request by the Teamsters is simply their latest scheme­-without-substance, which is aimed at putting economic negotiating pressure on Allegiant. We expect this ploy by the IBT to fail — just as it did the last time they attempted this ploy with the NMB in January.

Negotiations are never easy, particularly with a first contract, where both parties are effectively starting from scratch to reach a collective bargaining agreement. But with a willing partner, we can reach an agreement that is fair and recognizes the significant contribution of our pilots to Allegiant’s success. Over the last few months, the company has made numerous proposals to the union that include significantly higher wages, improved retirement plans, a union-sponsored health plan, and better scheduling rules for the pilots.

The recent exchange of proposals demonstrates our commitment to our pilots and to the negotiations process. The parties are far from reaching an impasse. On the contrary, negotiations had gained momentum until the union decided it wouldn’t move anymore in the hopes of gaining a release from mediation. In fact, more progress has been made over the past several months than in almost three years of negotiations.

We urge the IBT to continue negotiating in good faith. The NMB has already informed us of its intention to hold the next bargaining session scheduled as planned for October 26-27.

We believe that the sooner both sides can reach an agreement, the sooner we can capitalize on the opportunities before us.


Steve Harfst

Chief Operating Officer

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-204 N902NV (msn 26964) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta supports the New York Mets with a banner on Boeing 757-2Q8 N713TW

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Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has issued this statement and photo in support of the New York Mets in the National League MLB playoffs:

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Delta celebrated the New York Mets’ return to the postseason with the dedication of a Mets-branded Boeing 757-200 (757-2Q8 N713TW msn 28173) at New York-JFK.

The event followed the airline’s announcement Monday that it will renew its team sponsorship agreement, extending Delta’s designation as the Official Airline and Official Private Jet Carrier of the New York Mets through 2023.

Gail Grimmett, Delta’s Senior Vice President-New York, was joined by New York Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon, Executive Vice President Lou DePaoli, and former player Keith Hernandez to unveil an oversized “Let’s Go Mets” graphic on the aircraft’s fuselage.

“Without a doubt, the Mets are part of the fabric of the New York community,” said Grimmett at the unveiling ceremony. “As the team’s official airline and New York’s largest carrier, Delta is thrilled to unveil this ‘Let’s Go Mets’ aircraft to celebrate our longstanding relationship and what promises to be an exciting playoff series.”

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The team’s playoff run begins October 9. As the Official Airline of the Mets, Delta flies the team to and from away games throughout the regular season and the playoffs.

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National Airlines is coming to Vancouver and Windsor from Sanford, Florida

National Airlines (5th) (Orlando) is expanding to Vancouver, British Columbia.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) issued this statement:

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Vancouver Airport Authority has announced the upcoming arrival of National Airlines to Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Starting January 20, 2016 , the twice weekly scheduled service will operate between Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) and YVR.


National Airlines will operate a Boeing 757-200 aircraft on the route. Flights will depart SFB on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 18:45 and arrive in YVR at 22:15. The aircraft will turn around and leave YVR at 23:55 and arrive in SFB at 08:30 the following morning.


Previously National Airlines announced nonstop service between Windsor, Ontario, (YQG), and Sanford, Florida, (SFB). The inaugural flight, on Thursday, December 17, 2015, will depart Windsor International Airport at 2:30 PM EST and arrive Orlando-Sanford International Airport at 5:00 PM EST. National Airlines will fly this route year ‘round. National will offer return flights from Orlando-Sanford International Airport also on Thursdays and Sundays, departing at 10:30 AM EST and arriving in Windsor at 1:00 PM EST.

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This winter National Airlines will operate nonstop service from Orlando-Sanford International Airport to five destinations:

  • Las Vegas McCarren International Airport *
  • San Juan Luiz Munoz’ International Airport, Puerto Rico (SJU) *
  • Windsor International Airport, Ontario
  • Vancouver International Airport, British Colombia
  • St. Johns International Airport, Newfoundland

* Flights to/or from Las Vegas and San Juan are Public Charters under DOT PC # 15-189, and operated by National Air Cargo, Inc. d/b/a National Airlines.

Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. National Airlines (National Air Cargo Group) (5th) Boeing 757-28A N176CA (msn 24543) with special Expo 2020 Dubai UAE markings taxies at Baltimore/Washington (BWI).

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Delta extends its next summer seasonal service to Iceland

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has extended its seasonal service between New York-JFK and Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, with service now beginning on February 11, 2016. Previously operated for four months over the summer, the flight will now operate for seven months, with service starting three times weekly in February and moving to daily in May.

Delta will operate the flight in conjunction with joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia on a Boeing 757 aircraft. Delta is the only U.S. airline with flights to Iceland and offers customers more than 60 onward connections via its hub at New York-JFK.

Delta’s New York–JFK to Keflavik (Reykjavik) flights will operate as follows:

Flight number Departure Arrival

DL 257 Keflavik (Reykjavik) at 10:15 a.m. New York (JFK) 12:15 p.m.
DL 470 New York (JFK) at 9:20 p.m. Keflavik (Reykjavik) at 7:10 a.m. (next day)

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-2Q8 N713TW (msn 28173) departs from JFK International Airport (JFK).

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Delta announces the new Raleigh-Durham to Paris CDG route, increases New York JFK – Tel Aviv flights

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) has announced it will connect the Research Triangle to Europe with nonstop service from Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport beginning on May 12, 2016.

The flight will operate on the following schedule in conjunction with the airline’s joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Alitalia using 164-seat, Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

Flight number Departure Arrival

DL230 Raleigh-Durham at 6:13 p.m. Paris (CDG) at 8:35 a.m. (next day)
DL231 Paris (CDG) at 10:45 a.m. Raleigh-Durham 1:57 p.m.

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In other news, Delta will add four weekly year-round flights between its New York-JFK hub and Tel Aviv beginning on May 26, 2016.

The additional flights will complement Delta’s existing daily service to Tel Aviv for a total of 11 weekly flights between the two cities and the third largest trans-Atlantic market. Delta will operate the added flights with a 291-seat, Boeing 777-200 ER aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 757-26D N900PC (msn 28446) arrives in Las Vegas.

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