Newsroom - American Explains Holiday Scheduling Error - American Airlines Group, Inc

Newsroom - American Explains Holiday Scheduling Error - American Airlines Group, Inc

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. In addition, we have more reserve pilots on hand in December than normal months and they provide us with the ability to fly numerous trips that are now uncovered.

The airline executives also expressed their appreciation to APA President Capt. Dan Carey and their 15,000 professional aviators. That number of open flights continues to decrease thanks to our pilots who are stepping up to the plate and picking up trips to ensure customers are taken care of.

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. As a result of this error, thousands of flights in December initially did not have pilots assigned to them.

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But despite American's statement, the APA continues to dispute the airline's numbers.

The Allied Pilots Association "met with American Airlines senior management today to discuss APA's grievance concerning restrictions on premium pay and trip trading for December flying", said the union in a statement.

According to the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the glitch had left more than 15,000 flights without a captain, co-pilot or both between December 17 and December 31 at dozens of airports.

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