American and pilots near agreement: APA

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American Airlines and its pilots union the Allied Pilots Association (APA) are near a tentative agreement, as the bankrupt carrier seeks to end the on-going dispute with its pilots.

Contract language has been finalised with a few "open paragraphs" still being worked on, says the APA. These include industry pay-parity adjustment, furlough protection and regional aircraft scope parameters.

The APA hopes to reach an agreement before 9 November.

The union concluded a strike vote among its membership on 3 October, however it has waited to see if negotiations with Fort Worth-based American would produce a contract before releasing the results. The airline has accused its pilots of flying by the book, which resulted in a significant increase in cancellations in September and October.

The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved the airline's request to reject its existing pilots contract on 5 September. A similar motion was rejected in August.

The APA membership rejected a tentative agreement with the airline in August, resulting in the resignation of former APA president captain David Bates.

American did not comment by press time.