American Airlines contends only a 'few hundred' December flights have no pilots

NATION-NOW     American Airlines says holiday scheduling snafu nearly solved     
       American Holiday schedule snafu with pilots nearly solved

NATION-NOW American Airlines says holiday scheduling snafu nearly solved American Holiday schedule snafu with pilots nearly solved

But while headlines like the inevitable "Glitch that Stole Christmas" have given ticket-holders some agita, American said that it is working to resolve the problem, which would affect flights scheduled between December 17 and the end of the year. "We remain seriously concerned about the potential for significant schedule disruption for our passengers, pilots, and fellow employees during the critical holiday travel season", the Allied Pilots Association said.

American Airlines' top brass are scrambling in an attempt to rectify the scheduling glitch, which has left thousands of Christmas flights without pilots.

While American Airlines says only a "few hundred" flights remain without pilots, the Allied Pilots Association says the true number of flights still in jeopardy on cancellation is in the "thousands".

If travelers have flights booked with the airline within the December 17 -31 time frame, they should reach out to American for information.

American Airline officials are not commenting on the exact number of flights that could be affected, though the Dallas Morning News puts the estimate at up to 15,000 pilot-less flights between December 17 thru year end.

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"The system went from responsibly scheduling everybody to becoming Santa Claus to everyone", APA spokesman Dennis Tajer said to CNBC Wednesday.

'The computer said, 'Hey ya'll.

The dispute appears to indicate that American is counting heavily on staffing flights with "reserve" pilots. You want the days off?

"We are working diligently to address the issue and expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season", Miller said.

"We have not canceled any scheduled flights in December and will continue to work to ensure both our pilots and our customers are cared for".

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"We have more reserve pilots on hand in December than [in] normal months and they provide us with the ability to fly numerous trips that are now uncovered", American said in its initial statement on Thursday. But the union filed a grievance, saying that some restrictions on overtime pay violated the group's contract.

"I'm watching a "Grinch that stole Christmas" thing happening", he added to Reuters.

The Fort Worth-based carrier said it hopes to avoid canceling any flights during the holiday period by calling in reserve pilots and offering other pilots 150% of their salaries to return to the cockpits during the time they have been approved to be on vacation.

"We are being told to expect business as usual", said Beardsley.

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