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American Airlines pilots agree to fly holiday flights after scheduling glitch

The confederation representing American Airlines pilots said Friday that it has reached an treaty to staff flights during the December holidays after a scheduling glitch sang too many pilots vacation at the same time.

The union, which portrays some 15,000 pilots at the largest U.S. carrier, had filed a grievance, imparting the solution American had put in place violated pilots’ contracts because of how it confined overtime pay.

The pilots’ union said it withdrew the grievance after tryst with senior American Airlines management on Friday.

“With this treaty in principle, we anticipate that American Airlines will be able to contend a full December schedule as planned for its passengers,” it said.

American had from the beginning offered pilots 1½ times their hourly pay to work an unassigned airliner.

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