American Airlines Resolves Problem That Could Have Canceled Thousands of Flights

04 December, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Franklin Nunez
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American Airlines, the world's biggest carrier, was forced to scramble this week because a computer glitch allowed too many pilots to schedule vacation during Christmas, risking the cancellation of hundreds of the 200,000 scheduled flights in December.

Earlier this week, the Allied Pilots Association said that more than 15,000 American flights from december 17 to 31 could be without pilots because the glitch allowed too many of them to schedule vacation during that period.

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But on Friday morning, the airline's president, Robert Isom, met with Daniel F. Carey, the president of the Allied Pilots Association, and they agreed on a plan, said Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the union, which represents American Airlines pilots. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. Both the carrier and the pilots' association have not disclosed the details of the settlement.

As first reported, the error impacted more than 15,000 flights from December 17-31.

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"APA and management have reached an agreement in principle addressing our respective needs, and we have withdrawn our grievance", said the union.

"Out of the 200,000 flights American will operate in December, only a few hundred are now unassigned to pilots", American Airlines said in a statement.

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"By working together, we can assure customers that among the many stresses of the season, worrying about a canceled flight won't be one of them", Coello said in a statement.

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