AirTran and ALPA announce tentative agreement

AirTran Airways has reached a tentative agreement on terms of a new five-year pilot collective bargaining agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents more than 1,700 of the carrier’s pilots.

The tentative agreement will go before the airline’s pilots for a ratification vote. If ratified, the collective bargaining agreement would take effect on 1 December 2010. The tentative agreement calls for increased compensation, improved benefits and enhancements to productivity, though specific terms of the agreement will not be released.

"We are pleased to reach a tentative agreement with the pilots," said Bob Fornaro, AirTran Airways’ chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We have negotiated an agreement that will reward our pilots for their hard work while still allowing the airline to maintain our low-cost structure."

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