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American Airlines (AAMRQ.PK) threatens to take its pilots to court over an increase in sick days...

American Airlines (AAMRQ.PK) threatens to take its pilots to court over an increase in sick days and maintenance complaints from the group that the carrier alleges is a purposeful negotiating tactic. The Allied Pilots Association denies an organized sickout or slowdown is in play, blaming old planes and a shortage of pilots for the issue. Either way, the data tracked by Flightstats.com paints a rather ugly picture with American Airlines leading the pack of canceled and delayed flights by a wide margin.
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  • jackooo
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    Same old, same old. Nothing changes.
    27 Sep 2012, 11:48 AM Reply Like
  • wjbrown2003030
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    Management is correct in this instance. I was a passenger aboard a 6:20AM flight, with the cabin door "sealed" and the flight about to move to the runway, when the pilot "noticed" a work-item "in the log" (from the pilot of the last flight, incidentally), who had "noted" a screw loose in a first class seat.

     

    The pilot "apologized" but informed us there would be a "delay", because he "had to call Maintenance", which took at least 25 minutes to resolve. Then, he awoke those of us who were just dozing off, to apologize for a "bump" that he claimed had occurred when the plane was being moved away from the gate. Didn't know what he was talking about, but he said the arm to move the plane had impacted too hard, and he was "concerned", so he was again calling maintenance back to "visually inspect the safety of the plane."

     

    Just complete bullshit. He should be fired. It was patently manufacturing reasons, in collusion (in the first case) with the pilot of the earlier flight, to cause us to be delayed, making passengers connecting through DFW miss their later connections.

     

    I'd be happy to directly speak with American Airlines management. I tweated all of this from the plane as it was happening. AA Flight 675 on 19-September. Reach out to William Brown (you have my contact information) and I'd be VERY HAPPY to give you my firsthand account.
    27 Sep 2012, 12:28 PM Reply Like
  • pylt
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    Unfortunately, to the non-flying, uneducated public the reason for maintenance on an aircraft is often unknown.

     

    The reality is that if the nose gear is damaged in a push back, or even suspected of being damaged, the pilot is REQUIRED by FAA regulations to have it inspected. And this is just the tip of the iceberg for aircraft log book entries.

     

    May I suggest you first Google "Largest FAA Fine" to review how AA received the largest fine in aviation history, then consider the responsibilities of the pilots flying the nation's oldest fleet of aircraft before you post on this subject again . . . .

     

    Thank you.
    27 Sep 2012, 06:32 PM Reply Like
  • wjbrown2003030
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    Whatever -- so, that's what all the American Airlines pilots are doing, all at once, each day this week -- "suspecting that the nose gear has been damaged, and calling maintenance".

     

    Right.

     

    I'm depleting my AAdvantage Miles, and flying another carrier from now on. pyIt, you and your fellow union buddies at the UNPROFITABLE airline can keep jerking your remaining passengers around ... when you're later bagging groceries at Walmart, don't look for any tips from me. Jerks.
    28 Sep 2012, 09:30 AM Reply Like
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