APA seeks to resume negotiations with American

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The Allied Pilots Association (APA) board of directors has approved a motion to resume negotiations with American Airlines' parent AMR, as widespread flight delays continue.

The pilots union anticipates that contract talks will begin again this week, it says.

Fort Worth-based American expressed its desire to resume negotiations in a letter to the union on 24 September, the APA says.

The Oneworld member has suffered through a number of weeks of significant flight delays and cancellations, that prompted it to cut up to 2% from its September and October flight schedules. The APA attributes the issues to mechanical issues while the airline blames its pilots.

Only 54.6% of American's 12,484 flights have arrived on-time and 19% were delayed more than 44 minutes since 30 September, according to FlightStats.com. American had a 54.6% on-time rate for the week ending 29 September and 48% for the week prior.

The APA has also delayed the release of results from a strike vote among American's pilots, which will conclude today. It says that it will wait to see if the talks with AMR result in any "meaningful progress" before deciding when to release the results.

The strike vote began on 12 September.

American did not comment by press time.