United reaches agreement in principle with pilots association

United said it has reached an agreement in principle with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) for a contract extension covering the airline´s more than 12,000 pilots more than a year ahead of the amendable date of the current contract.

The agreement is subject to a ratification process which includes final documentation, review, and consideration by the ALPA Master Executive Council.

United has joint collective bargaining agreements covering the majority of its represented employees and recently announced that it will open contract negotiations early for the airline´s ramp service and passenger service agents, storekeepers, load planners, maintenance and fleet technical instructors, and other groups represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The airline is also engaged in mediated negotiations with the Association of Flight Attendants and recently announced an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to put a proposed joint collective bargaining agreement out for ratification by the company´s technicians and related employees.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 352 airports across six continents.