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“Pilots Say Staffing and Maintenance, Not Sick Days, Responsible for American Cancellations”

Filed by KOSU News in State Impact.
September 21, 2012

Flight delays and cancellations at bankrupt American Airlines are due to “management’s failure to provide for adequate staffing and the proper maintenance of aircraft,” not a pilot-led “sick-out,” union officials say.

As a result of an increased number of aircraft that have been pulled from service this week due to mechanical issues, American said Thursday it is reducing the rest of its September and October schedules by 1 percent to 2 percent. The company also said the schedule had to be reduced because of higher-than-normal pilot sick levels. Spokesmen for the APA said the union independently tracks American’s operational performance and has verified that pilot sick rates are unchanged from historical rates.

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