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Allied Pilots Association Launches New Video Capturing
Impact of Unreliable Flight Scheduling on Pilots and Passengers

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 15, 2019) — As pilots and passengers contend with the effects of unreliable scheduling, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) today released a cinematic video that captures how scheduling practices affect the lives of pilots and passengers alike.

The video touches on some of the most significant issues that pilots have raised in contract negotiations with American Airlines management, including the importance of reliable flight scheduling and proper quality of work life. Unreliable flight schedules, coupled with wasteful pilot scheduling practices, run directly counter to APA's goal of making American Airlines the first choice for passengers, pilots, and investors.

To watch the new video, click here.

"In the air, we're all in it together, and we all need reliable scheduling," said APA President Capt. Eric Ferguson. "APA has proposed ways to improve operations so passengers and pilots can count on reliable scheduling.

"The pilots of American Airlines know that reliable scheduling means that passengers get where they're going on time, that pilots have a more predictable work life, and that the airline and its investors will benefit accordingly. It's time for management to take concrete action to improve scheduling and repair American Airlines' reputation and competitive position," he said.

As the video depicts, unreliable scheduling means that pilots and passengers miss important moments in their families' lives. The video shows that pilots love their job and take seriously their commitment "to safely get others where they need to go," but when flight schedules are unreliable, passengers and pilots — and their families — are all negatively affected.

The video is the second in a series of videos featuring American Airlines pilots. To watch the first video in the series, click here.

Full video script:

"I love my job, but my schedule is really unpredictable.
I travel all the time for work.
My flights are always getting delayed and rescheduled. Or cancelled.
Sometimes I end up waiting for hours, stranded in cities that aren't home.
It's hard on me – and it's hard on my family.
A few weeks ago, I missed my son's birthday because of another last-minute flight change.
Everyone was there. Everyone except me.
Our industry is supposed to be all about bringing people together.
And that's why I do this – to safely get others where they need to go.
But it shouldn't be this hard on me. Or my passengers."

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union's website is AlliedPilots.org.

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