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  1. Even Though the Bankruptcy Court Refused to Alter American’s Pilot Contracts, the Airline Really Won - View from the Wing

    […] There’s more good commentary over at Wandering Aramean along similar lines, though pulling out some of the more salacious quotes from the […]

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    The pilots took a beating on this one. However, I think it was generally expected that the court would allow the debtor to impose many of the requested terms. I suspect the APA knew this, and expected an unfavorable ruling (indeed, they urged membership to approve). I think the rationale among APA members to reject this was that it’d be better to endure the imposed harsher terms during bankruptcy temporarily rather than agree to a long-term agreement that imposed not-much-better terms for a longer period. APA members I think really believe that a US merger is not far off in the distance, and they view that as a white knight who will give them better terms. It’s kind of foolish, imho, because now AA can operate with the terms it wants, and it has no real urgency to emerge from Chapter 11 until new long term agreements with pilots are negotiated. But now, time is on AA’s side, while the pilots will be suffering.

    Also, 78 hours is really a lot!

  3. American Airlines Takes A Big Step Towards Voiding Union Contracts « Pizza In Motion

    […] Wandering Aramean also has some great quotes from the filing and his two cents. […]

  4. Topic of the Week: Judge Won’t Let American Reject Pilot Contract … This Week - >> The Cranky Flier

    […] couldn’t believe that the judge in American’s bankruptcy case wouldn’t actually let the airline reject its pilot contract. But this isn’t some massive victory for pilots – really it’s just a small one. […]

  5. A quick update on the American Airlines bankruptcy proceedings - The Wandering Aramean

    […] American loses a court ruling to the pilots. Sortof. […]

  6. PointsHoarder 18: The year in review | PointsHoarder

    […] Airlines and their pilots see a contract tossed, setting the stage for the mess which will be the early Fall operational […]