Trans States pilots reached tentative agreement with management

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Pilots at Trans States Airlines (TSA) have reached a tentative agreement with management that the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) believes offers pay closer to industry standards.

TSA is a subsidiary of privately-held Trans States Holdings, which also owns regional operators GoJet and Compass Airlines. Trans States purchased Compass from Delta in 2010.

ALPA touted the deal, noting that second-year pay for first officers at TSA will no longer be 25% below the industry average.

Under the tentative pact, TSA captains will see an average 11.7% salary increase while first officers should enjoy a pay raise of 14.5%. Additionally, the pilots should receive a singing bonus.

"Trans States pilots provided Trans States Holdings the financial resources to start up GoJet Airlines and purchase Compass Air," said ALPA. "This TA finally recognises the sacrifices the TSA pilots have made to the continued growth of the company, and will allow both parties to move forward and expand this airline together."

Trans States currently operates a fleet of 28 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145s under agreements with United and US Airways.

Trans States Holdings in February of this year firmed up an order for 50 Mitsubishi MRJs, a mix of MRJ 70s and MRJ 90s, and took 50 options on the aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2014.