American Airlines wholly-owned regional carrier Piedmont has come to an agreement for more pay with its pilots union.
I’ve heard from flight attendants at Piedmont none too happy, because they’ve waited several years for a new contract. Of course pilots are in much greater demand by airlines and harder to replace, and unhappy pilots directly affect an airline’s operation (while unhappy flight attendants ‘merely’ mean unhappy customers, absent a ‘self help’ action).
Here’s what the regional carrier told its pilots:
Dear Piedmont Pilots:
I am pleased to share that Piedmont and your ALPA leadership team have reached a tentative agreement that will be the largest pilot recruitment and retention package in our company’s history. Today’s announcement offers current pilots and new pilots increased stability in an industry rocked by uncertainty over the past 18 months. This package represents not only a large financial commitment, but a commitment to building a sustainable Piedmont Airlines that will carry us well into the future and ensures that American Airlines will have a steady pipeline of pilots for years to come.
Highlights of the package include:
- A $30,000 retention bonus paid in November to all current captains. Current and new first officers will receive $30,000 upon successful upgrade to captain.
- $70,000 to pilots who flow to American Airlines starting with our September flow pilots.
- The opportunity to earn an additional $50,000 ($25,000 per year for two years) for meeting a threshold of working hours.
- Increased pay rates for first officers and captains to enhance Piedmont’s competitive position An enhanced flow agreement that will allow us to send additional pilots to American when attrition and hiring targets are met
I would like to thank Brandon Lighty and our ALPA MEC for their cooperation as we worked to put this package in place. Throughout the pandemic, the company and ALPA have worked together to protect Piedmont pilots from furlough and meet the demands of the operation in an ever-changing environment.
Our ability to out-perform all other American Airlines regionals, take on flying when necessary and deliver a safe product to our customers is what led to this significant investment. Any pilot who flies for Piedmont now, or chooses Piedmont in the future, will have a solid future with our company and eventually an opportunity with American Airlines if they wish to flow.
Our communications and recruiting teams are currently getting up to speed and will release more information soon.
Remember that the $10,000 referral bonus is in place, and there has never been a better time to refer a pilot to Piedmont. New hires will receive some additional incentives, including a type rating bonus and a Part 121 experience bonus. Find referral information here on MyPiedmont.
Thank you for the work you’ve done to bring Piedmont to this point, and for caring for our team members and customers each day. We are proud to offer this opportunity to our pilots and look forward to the contributions each of you will make to Piedmont’s continued success.
Vice President, Flight Operations
A commuter carrier for Allegheny Airlines since the late 1960s, Piedmont was acquired by USAir in 1987. It operates American’s 13-23 year old Embraer ERJ-145 fifty seat regional jets.