10/14/2011

A high number of pilot retirements led American Airlines to shutter a crew base in San Francisco and decrease fourth-quarter seating by 3%. Those actions, combined with a planned board meeting of the Allied Pilots Association, suggest American might be close to signing a new contract with its pilots after five years of negotiation. APA says it will not adjust staffing rules to cope with the burden brought by the retirement unless it gets a new contract.

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