DALLAS, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) reached a Tentative Agreement with Southwest Airlines on the addition of the 737-800 to the Southwest fleet. The Company has publicly stated their intent to convert current Boeing 737-700 aircraft orders to the larger 737-800s. Adding a new airframe causes a re-opener of the pilots' contract and this agreement codifies issues related to the new airframe such as pay and work rules. This agreement continues a history of efforts and collaboration between Southwest Airlines and its pilots on collective goals.
"We share the Company's enthusiasm for the added revenue this aircraft can provide," said Capt. Carl Kuwitzky, SWAPA President. "This allows our pilots to take a leadership role in tying our pay to the Company's profitability and investing in our future."
The agreement includes a single pay rate for the 737, profitability-based raise added to the hard 2-percent raise in 2011, a contract extension with an amendable date extended to September 2012, and a profitability-based raise in 2012.
SWAPA will hold a membership vote on this side letter to the contract. Voting will run from November 1, 2010 through December 1, 2010.
"SWAPA is pleased that our portion of the Company's acquisition of the 737-800 is complete, and we look forward to sharing in the success Southwest Airlines has projected for this aircraft," continued Kuwitzky. "Now we can focus our resources on the acquisition of AirTran Airways and the transition into one carrier."
Located in Dallas, Texas, the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 5,900 pilots of Southwest Airlines. SWAPA works to provide a secure and rewarding career for Southwest pilots and their families through negotiating contracts, defending contractual rights and actively promoting professionalism and safety. For more information on the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, visit www.swapa.org.
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