An American Airlines scheduling glitch is wreaking havoc on holiday travel plans.
Based on a company memo sent to Bloomberg, it seems that flights now without a captain, first officer, or both, are based out of American Airlines' largest hub, Dallas-Forth Worth International, along with Boston, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, and Charlotte.
A US-based aviation union called the incident a "crisis". "You got it.'" Uh, score?
The airline said its working to address the issue and to avoid cancellation during the holiday season.
Pilots were notified of the error on Friday.
American pared share gains on the news, climbing 1.3 percent to $49.86 at 1:51 p.m.in NY, easily the smallest gain on a Standard & Poor's index of the five biggest US airlines. "This is a crisis right now, and in that crisis, they've gone solo". Jalopnik has also asked the company that.
American is offering pilots 150 percent of their normal hourly wage to pick up some of the flights, the top rate laid out in their contract, Miller said.
The union did not specify the offer that violated the contract, or what the actual violation was. The union has also filed a grievance alleging that the higher wage deal the company is now offering would violate a labor pact.
Reuters reports that as of early Wednesday, the union said American Airlines management had not reached out to talk about how to approach the pilot shortage. As a result, thousands of flights now do not have pilots assigned to fly them during the upcoming critical holiday period.
"I'm watching a "Grinch that stole Christmas" thing happening".
"This is certainly not routine".