(WWJ/AP) – American Airways is scrambling to seek out pilots to function hundreds of flights over the busy Christmas vacation interval after a glitch within the system used to schedule crews.
A spokesman for the airline stated Wednesday that American expects to keep away from canceling flights by paying additional time and utilizing reserve pilots, after many have been inadvertently given the time without work.
American isn’t saying what number of flights are affected, however the pilots’ union says that about 15,000 flights have been scheduled and not using a captain, a co-pilot or each. A union spokesman calls the state of affairs “a possible disaster” for the world’s largest airline.
In an effort to keep away from leaving vacation vacationers stranded, American Airways is providing pilots one hundred fifty % of their regular hourly pay to fly their planes, based on a report by the Dallas Morning Information, however the union claims that answer violates its labor settlement.
“We’ll work with the APA to maintain our pilots and guarantee we get our clients to the place they should go over the vacations,” stated an American Airways spokesperson in a press release.
American Airways has about 15,000 lively pilots and expects to function greater than 200,000 flights in December.
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