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May 26, 2023

ALPA hands $2M Grant to ATI Pilots for Negotiations

3-Year Negotiations Continue for Frequent Amazon Air Contractor

The Air Line Pilot's Association held a special vote to disburse $2 million from its Major Contingency Fund, with the aim that the money will support almost 550 ATI pilots in a critical phase of contract bargaining. Air Transport International offers contracted services to Amazon Air and other expedited delivery companies, and have capped off a handful of post-pandemic years with strong growth and record profits. The pilot base has been increasingly fed up with ATI management, citing increasing pilot attrition throughout 2022 and 2023.

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WestJet Negotiations Moving to an End

Pilot Ratification Vote Inbound to Approve Proposed Contract

WestJet pilot leaders voted to approve an Agreement-In-Principle with WestJet management, possibly leading to an eventual end to more than 9 months of negotiations. The management will put the issue to a vote among WestJet pilots some time in the latter weeks of May. The group has been pretty unhappy with their arbitrated contract, one WestJet reps say was "forced" upon them in 2018.

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FAA Issues Airworthiness Directive for A320neo Engines

Manufacturing Issues Affects Stage 1 Disks, Compressors in LEAP 1-A Engines

The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for the LEAP 1-A engines used in the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft, working on a notice from their manufacturer regarding materials deficiencies in their construction. CFM International pointed out the discovery that iron was detected in 3 non-LEAP-1A HPT rotor disks, parts used in the 1st stage of the engine.

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