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United Airlines strikes $10 billion deal with pilots for pay rises of up to 40%

United, Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn Announce New Commercial Cooperation

On Saturday, United Airlines pilots and the corporation came to an agreement on a $10 billion deal that will enhance compensation by up to 40% over the course of four years.

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After a contract with Delta Air Lines was approved in March, the proposed contract represents yet another significant wage get for pilots in the United States. The significant raises are a result of a pilot shortage in the United States and a robust rebound in demand for air travel. The deal offers better job security, work regulations, vacation, retirement, and other perks in addition to higher pay.

Capt. Garth Thompson, chair of the United Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) Master Executive Council (MEC), stated that the 16,000 United pilots’ unwavering resolve was essential to the achievement of this agreement in principle. The unwavering commitment shown by United pilots over the past few years “ensured our solidarity, which was instrumental in achieving this historic agreement.”

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A new issue for airlines is a shortage of aircraft that might increase travel costs.(Opens in a new browser tab)

Since post-pandemic travel resumed, there has been a persistent pilot shortage in the US. According to industry reports, there were 8,000 pilot shortages as of September 2022, and that figure may increase to 30,000 by 2025. To keep more aircraft in the air, airlines have resorted to employing foreign workers, paying their pilots more, and reviewing training standards.

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