This is going to be a quick post, since December is in less than 2 days, I thought I’d get this notice out there as quickly as possible.
Yes, you read the title correctly, there are over 15,000 American Airlines flights in December that are without pilots assigned because of scheduling glitch. Basically, American Airlines allowed too many pilots to take vacation at the same time. My understanding is that the system approved too many vacations clustered around Christmas time and did not account for the lack of available pilots.
This is obviously not a great time of the year, with the holiday season fast approaching, to have this issue.
They are now offering their pilots 150% their salary to cancel their vacation so that they can fly the planes. I wonder who is going to pick up that bill in the end?
So if you are scheduled to fly with American Airlines, you may want to brace yourself for a cancellation of your flight, as they may not find a pilot in time.