A new contract that would increase Delta Air Lines’ pilots’ salary by more than 30% over the course of four years was easily adopted by the pilots, and it is likely that other major U.S. airlines will fall into line with similar deals that will protect union pilots.
On March 1, pilots at Delta Air Lines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, ratified a new Pilot Working Agreement. The contract, which runs through December 2026, positions Delta’s 15,000 pilots to continue leading the industry in total compensation and work rule improvements.
“I want to thank both negotiating teams and the National Mediation Board for their efforts in reaching this agreement that recognizes our pilots’ contributions to Delta,” said Delta Chief of Operations John Laughter. “From the beginning of the negotiations process, we set out to deliver the industry’s best pilot contract to the industry’s best pilots, one that keeps us as a top destination for U.S. aviation careers, and this contract is a reflection of that unwavering commitment.”
This news continues the pay and benefits improvements Delta people have seen this year, following our meaningful return to profit sharing and our announcement that ground, scale and merit employees will see pay raises starting April 1.