American Airlines glitch let all pilots take off for the holidays

  • American Airlines glitch let all pilots take off for the holidays

American Airlines glitch let all pilots take off for the holidays

Pilots had scheduled flights in early December and some opted to have the holidays off, an American Airlines spokesman told CN BC.

Spokesman Matt Miller said the airline's employees are, "working diligently to address the issue and expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season".

The system is supposed to allow pilots to bid based on seniority for vacation time, according to a report from CBS in Dallas.

American Airlines passenger planes parked at Miami International Airport, in Miami.

American Airlines is the largest US carrier. American advanced 5.4 percent this year through Tuesday, compared with a decline of less than 1 percent for the index.

Now the union is reportedly working with AA to address the shortage, with American offering pilots up to 150 percent of their normal hourly wages to work over the holidays. We will work with the APA to take care of our pilots and ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays.

The Allied Pilots Association, however, said in a public statement that American Airlines' solution for crewing the flights is in violation of its contract.

"This is certainly not routine".

The glitch caused the scheduling system to show that American had ample staffing coverage for some planned flights when it actually didn't, Miller said. American, the world's largest airline, operates about 6,700 flights a day.

According to CNBC, the Allied Pilots Association union says it was notified by American Airlines on Friday that there was a problem with the schedule bidding system for pilots.