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American Airlines has a Christmas problem

American Airlines is attempting to mitigate a scheduling problem that would have allowed scores of pilots to take time off at the same time over the Christmas holidays.

The scheduling glitch could force cancellations of some flights, though American says it's working to resolve the issue well ahead of the holidays. 

From CNBC:

A scheduling glitch that allowed American Airlines pilots to take vacation at the same time has left thousands of flights during the busy holiday travel period next month without pilots assigned to them.

        

American Airlines, the largest U.S. airline, is now offering pilots 150 percent of hourly pay to work those dates, an airline spokesman said. 

     

The scheduling problem has left flights from some of American Airlines' biggest hubs, including New York, Miami, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago's O'Hare and New York's LaGuardia Airport, without pilots, according to a memo from the airline to pilots, which was seen by CNBC.

     

Pilots loaded up their schedules with flights in early December but many opted to take days off around the holidays, after the system allowed it.

RyainAir, a European budget carrier, had a similar problem with its vacation scheduling last summer forcing the cancellation of numerous flights. 

American is one of the carriers that serves Oklahoma City. 

Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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