Agreement in principle reached by Southwest and AirTran pilots’ unions

Southwest Airlines has announced an agreement in principle between the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association (SWAPA), the union representing Southwest Airlines’ pilots and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the union representing the pilots of AirTran Airways, which if ratified by the respective memberships would integrate the two groups’ seniority lists.

"The unions and company negotiating teams have accomplished a task that is rare in this industry, developing an integrated seniority list and transition plan for our pilots outside of arbitration," commented Mike Van de Ven, Southwest Airlines executive vice-president and chief operating officer. "It’s just another example of our people taking ownership in the integration of AirTran into Southwest Airlines, and that’s our culture."

"We are proud of both groups’ initiative to take a remarkably difficult task and produce something fair and equitable for both sides," added Captain Chuck Magill, Southwest Airlines vice-president of flight operations. "Our pilots have demonstrated exceptional leadership through their dedication to this process and their commitment to the integration."

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