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United Airlines (UAL) Inks Tentative Deal With Pilots' Union

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United Airlines (UAL - Free Report) reached a deal with the Air Line Pilots Association (“ALPA”), which represent its pilots, on new terms of their collective bargaining agreement. UAL is the first major carrier to have struck such a deal since the beginning of the pandemic.

Other major U.S. airlines are said to be still in negotiations with the pilots’ union. Lately, union members have even organized pickets to protest against hectic work schedules.

While the ALPA and United Airlines did not disclose terms of the agreement in principle, it is likely to include higher pay and other improvements for pilots. The agreement will be voted upon by the union as well as pilots.

Per a CNBC report, United Airlines’ CEO, Scott Kirby, said in a LinkedIn post, “United Airlines was the only airline to work with our pilots union to reach an agreement during COVID.” Kirby further added, “It’s not surprising that we are now the first airline to get an Agreement in Principle for an industry leading new pilot contract.”

As air-travel demand rebounded from the pandemic-led slump, U.S. airlines, including United Airlines, have struggled to ramp up operations amid staffing shortages. To meet the uptick in demand, airlines are boosting hiring efforts.

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