A memorandum of understanding (MOU) reached by American Airlines and US Airways management and their respective pilots unions sets limits for large regional jets from 2016.
The regional aircraft would be limited to 75% of the combined narrowbody fleet and those with 66- to 76-seats limited to 25% of said fleet, according to details of the MOU released by the Allied Pilots Association (APA) today. The 38 Bombardier CRJ900s and 38 Embraer 175s in the US Airways Express fleet would be grandfathered into the contract and exempt from the restrictions.
The percentages are the same as those in a contract ratified by American's pilots this past December.
Based on the current fleet of 487 narrowbodies at American and 310 at US Airways, this agreement would allow for up to 597 regional aircraft and 318 with 66 to 76 seats, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.
Domestic codeshares would be limited to only 15% of the combined American and US Airways schedules under the MOU, according to the APA. Codeshares can constitute up to 50% of American's domestic schedule under its existing agreement.
The MOU and American's new contract with its pilots would be the basis for a new joint collective bargaining agreement for the combined airline's cockpit crews if a merger between American and US Airways occurs, say the APA and US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) in a joint statement today.
The APA approved the MOU on 31 December and the USAPA board approved it for a membership vote on 4 January.