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Thousands of American Airlines Flights Under Threat Ahead of CWL Dallas

Thousands of American Airlines Flights Under Threat Ahead of CWL Dallas

American is the world's biggest airline.

American Airlines is scrambling to find pilots to operate thousands of flights over the busy Christmas holiday period after finding a glitch in the system used to schedule crews.

Now the union is reportedly working with AA to address the shortage, with American offering pilots up to 150 percent of their normal hourly wages to work over the holidays.

"Because management unilaterally created their solution in violation of the contract, neither [the union] nor the contract can guarantee the promised payment of the premium being offered", said the Allied Pilots Association (APA) in a statement.

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CNBC reports that flights from New York, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Boston, Chicago, and other locations are missing captains and first officers.

Spokesman Matt Miller said the airline's employees are, "working diligently to address the issue and expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season".

The Allied Pilots Association is offering to help American Airlines come up with incentives that would convince pilots to give up their preapproved vacation days to deal with the crisis. We will work with the APA to take care of our pilots and ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays.

"I'm watching a "Grinch that stole Christmas" thing happening". As a result, thousands of flights now do not have pilots assigned to fly them during the upcoming critical holiday period. "And we don't want to see that happening for our passengers", Tajer said.