Southwest Airlines, AMFA reach tentative contract extension

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) have reached a tentative agreement for the company´s 200 aircraft appearance technicians, the company said.

The technicians are primarily responsible for aircraft detailing and appearance care services. AMFA representatives said they will be communicating the provisions of the proposed five-year extension agreement in the coming days.

If approved, this extension will run through February 2021 and replace the current collective bargaining agreement that becomes amendable in February 2017.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries with service to Cuba expected to begin later this year, subject to governmental approvals.