at US Airways’ pilots union have proposed a plan to management that would see
only mainline pilots fly Embraer
190 aircraft once the carrier completes its planned merger with America West
proposal by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) mirrors sentiments by
America West’s ALPA unit that E-190 flying should not be contracted to regional
affiliates of the new post-merger US Airways.
E-190 flying is not permitted under America West’s current
pilot contract. In contrast, US Airways affiliate carriers can fly up to 25
E-190s “under certain provisions” contained in the latest collective bargaining
agreement between the major and its pilots.
US Airways ALPA now appears keen to close the contractual
loophole that would permit E-190 flying by US Airways Express feeder carriers.
an online message to members, US Airways ALPA reveals that it has informed
management it wants the 100-plus seat aircraft “to only be flown by mainline”.
It has also proposed pay rates for mainline operations.
union notes that many items in the transition agreement being drafted with its
counterparts at America West “have been agreed to in principle” with
management. The E-190 issue, however, remains unresolved.
ATI on August 1 exclusively revealed that America West and US Airways have issued a formal request for proposal
(RFP) for a regional carrier to operate up to 25 E-190s for the carriers when
they eventually merge. Air Wisconsin, Mesa Air Group and Republic Airlines each
received the RFP.
day later, a spokesman with the America West ALPA unit told ATI the union
is maintaining that any Embraer
aircraft in the “E-190 and above” size range and any Bombardier aircraft in the
“CSeries and above” range
fall within current scope clauses, and should only be operated by mainline
In an August 19 message to America West pilots, master
executive council chairman JR Baker reaffirmed the pilot group’s stance saying:
“Of particular concern is protection of flying
for both sides and securing and bringing in-house the E-190 flying.”
says the aircraft “need to be flown by our combined seniority list”.