American Airlines scheduling glitch allows pilots to drop thousands of July trips

An American Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner approaches for a landing at the Miami International Airport on December 10, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images A glitch in a scheduling program allowed American Airlines pilots to drop thousands of trips in July, their union said Saturday, a headache for the airline as it tries to minimize flight disruptions during a booming travel season. Pilots dropped more than 2,000 July trips and each trip usually contains at least two flights, the union said, so it could impact at least…

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American Airlines offers pilots nearly 17% raises in new contract proposal

Pilots talk as they look at the tail of an American Airlines aircraft. Mike Stone | Reuters American Airlines CEO Robert Isom on Thursday said the carrier has offered its pilots pay raises totaling nearly 17% under a new contract, according to an internal video seen by CNBC. The latest proposal to the pilots’ union, the Allied Pilots Association, comes less than a week after rival United Airlines and its pilots’ union reached a tentative agreement that includes more than 14% in total raises over the next 18 months. That…

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Spirit delays shareholder vote on merger hours before meeting to continue deal talks with Frontier, JetBlue

A Spirit Airlines plane on the tarmac at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on February 07, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Spirit Airlines on Wednesday delayed shareholder vote on its proposed merger with Frontier Airlines until July 8, hours before a meeting scheduled for Thursday so it can further discuss options with Frontier and rival suitor JetBlue Airways. It is the second time Spirit has delayed a vote on its planned combination with Frontier and extends the most contentious bidding war of a U.S. airline…

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Delta offers free flight changes over July Fourth weekend ahead of possible ‘operational challenges’

An Airbus A330-323 aircraft, operated by Delta Air Lines. Benoit Tessier | Reuters Delta Air Lines is allowing travelers to change their tickets for free during the busy Fourth of July weekend, allowing fliers to avoid paying a fare difference and skip the airport during a “potentially challenging” few days. The unusual offer, normally extended for bad weather and limited to certain airports, comes as Delta and other airlines gear up for what could be the busiest travel period since before the Covid pandemic and scramble to keep a lid…

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Fight for Spirit Airlines goes down to the wire with competing bids from Frontier and JetBlue

A Frontier Airlines plane near a Spirit Airlines plane at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on May 16, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images The most heated airline battle in recent years comes to a head on Thursday when Spirit Airlines‘ shareholders vote on a proposed tie-up with fellow discount carrier Frontier Airlines while rival suitor JetBlue Airways circles with increasingly sweetened takeover bids. Spirit has repeatedly rebuffed sweetened, all-cash bids from JetBlue, arguing that such a takeover wouldn’t pass muster with regulators, and has stuck…

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JetBlue ups offer for Spirit Airlines as shareholder vote on Frontier bid approaches

LaGuardia International Airport Terminal A for JetBlue and Spirit Airlines in New York. Leslie Josephs | CNBC JetBlue Airways again increased its offer for Spirit Airlines as a shareholder vote for the discounter’s deal to merge with Frontier Airlines is just days away. Frontier sweetened its offer on Friday and Spirit’s CEO told CNBC then that Spirit’s board still found that to be a superior bid. JetBlue’s new offer raises the reverse break-up fee to $400 million from $350 million and includes a dividend to Spirit shareholders of $2.50 a…

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American Airlines’ regional carrier offers pilots triple pay to pick up trips in July

American Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 regional jet aircraft as seen on final approach landing at New York JFK international airport in NY, on February 13, 2020. Nicolas Economou | Nurphoto | Getty Images American Airlines‘ regional carrier Envoy Air is offering pilots triple pay to pick up trips for most of next month in the latest effort to stop flight disruptions during the peak summer travel season. “Super critical coverage has been declared for” July 2 to 31 for all bases, according to a note sent to Envoy pilots on Monday…

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Frontier sweetens offer for Spirit Airlines merger as shareholder vote looms

A Frontier Airlines plane near a Spirit Airlines plane at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on May 16, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Frontier Airlines sweetened its offer to combine with fellow budget carrier Spirit Airlines, that airline said late Friday, less than a week before Spirit shareholders are set to vote on the deal. The new offer, $2 per share more than Frontier’s original cash-and-stock bid, comes after JetBlue Airways repeatedly upped its offer to buy Spirit outright, an an all-cash deal. Shares of…

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Airlines, FAA spar over flight delays as crucial Fourth of July weekend approaches

Travelers wait to board a plane at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida, on April 22, 2022. Daniel Slim | AFP | Getty Images Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration are pointing the finger at each other over a rising rate of flight cancellations and delays, just as millions prepare for a July 4th travel weekend that officials expect to be among the busiest in three years. On Friday, Airlines for America, which represents the country’s largest airlines, including Delta, American, United and Southwest, requested another meeting with Transportation Secretary…

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United Airlines pilots to get more than 14% raises, 8 weeks of maternity leave in new contract

Boeing 777ER United Airlines. Aircraft to Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport. Massimo Insabato | Mondadori Portfolio | Getty Images United Airlines pilots’ union has approved a tentative deal that would give aviators pay raises of more than 14%, making it the first major U.S. carrier to reach a deal in the pandemic and set the bar for the rest of the industry. The agreement comes as the airline and others grapple with a shortage of pilots, which some carriers say have forced them to trim flight schedules. Under the agreement…

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