American Airlines went to court to get an injunction against their mechanics union, claiming they were engaged in an illegal action to sabotage the performance of the airline. But, Scott McCartney reports, two of the airline’s lawyers failed to show up for a meeting with mechanics’ representatives — because their flight was cancelled.
A federal judge ordered lawyers for American Airlines and its mechanics union to meet in person over an alleged work slowdown, but American’s top two attorneys didn’t show.
Their flights got canceled.
American cancelled 4% of their mainline flights in June compared to 0.6% at United. While weather has been a factor at American’s largest hub (DFW stands for ‘Doesn’t Function Wet’), United too says “June had the highest number of weather and air-traffic control delays” the airline has ever seen. And coding everything to weather costs passengers real money. (Flying American Airlines is a good reason to make sure you’re paying for tickets on a credit card that offers trip delay coverage.)
Here are American’s internal stats for departures exactly on time (D0) and turning an aircraft around – from arrival to departure – in the allotted time (T0) for the first six weeks of the summer schedule, with eight to go.
It’s worth noting that American Airlines does not audit the reasons coded to a delay for accuracy. And with twice as many planes out of service each day compared to normal operations there’s little margin at the airline for error. Some of that is attributable to mechanics, to be sure, but it also seems to me to be the result of failing to do sufficient preventive maintenance before the summer season.