After rejecting a proposal from management at AirTran Airways last summer, pilots forming a new negotiating team could see a proposal from management that is somewhat different from those featured in previous negotiations.

In September 2007 pilots, represented by the National Pilots Association (NPA), voted against a tentative deal that management reached with the old negotiating team.

During a presentation earlier today at the Raymond James Annual Institutional investor conference CEO Bob Fornaro noted the previous offer was made with oil at $65 per barrel, and “that’s not where we are”. He notes AirTran is not certain it would put that offer “back on the table”.

Fornaro notes AirTran will take a “fresh eye” regarding its next proposal to pilots.

After the pilots rejected the tentative deal last year, a federal arbitrator put the talks in recess until after the New Year.

Source:'s sister premium news site Air Transport Intelligence news