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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.

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American to expand Washington Reagan National operations next spring

American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N574NN (msn 15365) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403063.

American Airlines is planning to expand operations at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) with three new American Eagle routes. Republic Airlines will add daily DCA – Little Rock E175 jet service on April 3, 2018 per Airline Route.

Additionally PSA Airlines will add the DCA – Montgomery (CRJ200) route on June 7, 2018 and daily DCA – Tallahassee (CRJ900) service on February 15, 2018.

AA is also converting weekend service from DCA to both Destin/Fort Walton Beach and Myrtle Beach to daily service for the summer 2018 season.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N574NN (msn 15365) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403063.

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Republic Airways Holdings and American Airlines reach a long term agreement, Shuttle America to be phased out

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N137HQ (msn 17000231) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402600.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. has announced it has reached an agreement with American Airlines that secures a long-term relationship between the two airlines and has also filed a motion for its approval in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The amended agreement provides for:

  • a single capacity purchase agreement that prescribes the flying commitments and obligations of Republic and American related to the legacy American and US Airways capacity purchase agreements;
  • permitting the removal of certain aircraft, an extension in duration of Republic’s flying for certain aircraft for American, which will facilitate Republic’s ability to favorably restructure the remaining aircraft financing obligations, and allowing for the potential restoration of service of a certain number of aircraft, subject to Republic’s ability to secure suitable financing of the aircraft;
  • facilitates Republic’s transition to a single air carrier operating certificate by reconfiguring 80-seat aircraft to 76-seat configuration (Embraer 175s).

The parties anticipate that the motion will be heard before the Honorable Sean H. Lane on September 21, 2016. The new agreement will become effective in accordance with the terms of the Amendment following issuance of the approval order by the court.

Copyright Photo: The Embraer 170s and 175s are gradually being transferred from Shuttle America to sister airline Republic Airlines (2nd). American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N137HQ (msn 17000231) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402600.

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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 to early retire its Embraer 190 fleet

Embraer 190 fleet to be early retired by the end of 2019

Copyright Photo: American Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N950UW (msn 19000106) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403042.

American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) management has decided to early retire its fleet of 20 Embraer 190s at the end of 2019. The E190s are operated mainly on Shuttle routes from its Philadelphia base. The company concluded the fleet was too small to economically maintain.

American has also decided to begin retiring its aging fleet of nine Airbus A330-300s in 2017. The A330-300 fleet should be retired by the end of 2018.

American is also reducing its Boeing 767-300 ER fleet to 17 aircraft by the end of 2018.

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American to add six American Eagle routes

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N115HQ (msn 17000182) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 402723.

American Airlines Group (Dallas/Fort Worth) on April 5, 2016 is adding six new daily American Eagle-branded routes per Airline Route:

Charlotte – Madison (CRJ700s, PSA Airlines)

Chicago (O’Hare) – Norfolk (CRJ700s, Envoy Air)

Chicago (O’Hare) – Providence (CRJ700s, Envoy Air)

New York (LaGuardia) – Kansas City (ERJ 170s, Republic Airlines)

Washington (Reagan National) – Cleveland (CRJ200s, Air Wisconsin)

Washington (Reagan National) – Minneapolis/St. Paul (ERJ 170/175s, Republic Airlines)

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Republic Airlines’ (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N115HQ (msn 17000182) departs from the Charlotte hub.

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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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