United Airlines and Continental Airlines reached (20-Jul-2010) an agreement in principle on a transition and process agreement with the pilots of both companies. The agreement provides a framework for pilot operations of the two groups until the carriers' operating certificates are combined. The companies expect to close the merger in 4Q2010. Pilots at the airlines are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association and will still have to negotiate a joint collective bargaining agreement with the combined carrier, to be called United, and integrate their seniority lists (Reuters/AP/Chicago Tribune, 20-Jul-2010). [more]
United Airlines: "This is an important step forward that reflects the hard work and collaborative dialogue required to reach this transition agreement that is in the best interest of our new company and our pilots," Glenn Tilton, Chairman and CEO. Source: Company Statement, 20-Jul-2010.
Continental Airlines: "We are pleased to have reached this important agreement at such an early stage of the integration planning process, as it is a key first step in building a long-term, productive relationship between the combined company and our pilots. We will continue to focus on working together with all of our work groups to reach agreements that are fair to our employees and fair to the company," Jeff Smisek, Chairman,P resident and CEO.