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A glitch in American Airlines' pilot scheduling system means that thousands of flights during the holiday season currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them.
The shortage was caused by an error in the system pilots use to bid for time off, the Allied Pilots Association told NPR. The union represents the airline's 15,000 pilots.
"The airline is a 24/7 op," union spokesman Dennis Tajer told CNBC. "The system went from responsibly scheduling everybody to becoming Santa Claus to everyone."
"The computer said, 'Hey ya'll. You want the days off? You got it.' "
Tajer called it "a man-made snowstorm" and said the union estimated that more than 15,000 of the airline's flights don't have pilots. More pilots were granted time off between Dec. 17 and Dec. 31 than should have been, resulting in the shortage.
I saw that!
What a blunder...
t’s official: There will be no Christmastime pilot shortage at American Airlines.
The carrier and its pilots’ union reached a deal that should allow American to operate normally during December despite a glitch with a scheduling system that inadvertently allowed too many pilots to request off.
American initially moved to remedy the problem by offering 150% pay on many flights, an effort to encourage pilots to pick up flights that needed to be staffed. However, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) pushed back, filing a grievance against management’s plan, saying it wasn’t consulted in crafting that solution.
Now, the two sides appear to be on the same page.
Wee Shorty McNaughty (TOILETHEA1) said:
However, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) pushed back, filing a grievance against management’s plan, saying it wasn’t consulted in crafting that solution.
Without reading the article.... the pilot's union sounds kinda whiny.
They did; I want to know what they finally agreed to...
Apparently, the pilots recently struck a deal for double pay to get this sorted and it's ended up costing the airline millions!!
I can't see there being too many cheap flights with AA for some time now, while they pay the pilots off