The seniority integration of United Airlines pilots is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter, says the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).
Hearings began in front of a three-person arbitration board earlier in April and should conclude by early July, says Bruce York, director of representation at ALPA, on the sidelines of the Phoenix International Aviation Symposium in Phoenix today.
United's ALPA-represented pilots ratified a joint agreement covering both the subsidiary Continental Airlines and subsidiary United pilots this past December, allowing for the integration of the two groups to move forward.
York says that the arbitration board will issue a judgement about 30 days after the hearings conclude, after which ALPA must present a decision to the airline and then it will take about 45 days for the union to actually merge the separate master executive councils and implement the decision.
Douglas McKeen, senior vice-president of labour at United, says that it will take at least one training cycle following the seniority integration before Continental and United cockpit crews will begin working together on the same aircraft.