Thousands of American Airlines Holiday Flights Don't Have Pilots: Union

Andrew Cummings
November 29, 2017

The Union representing American Airlines says the Airline just informed them of a problem with the pilot vacation system that has left thousands of flights without pilots.

According to Gregg Overman, the communications director for the Allied Pilots Association, there are 15,000 American Airlines flights that are not fully crewed under the current schedule between December 17 and December 31.

The union for the pilots says that possibly as many as 15,000 flights between 17 and 31 December will not have adequate crew numbers.


On their Twitter feed, American Airlines responded to several inquiries about the news by saying the airline had no plans to cancel flights.

According to a statement from the union, the incident and the airline's offering for fixing the situation is "in direct violation" of union contracts.

The airline said its working to address the issue and to avoid cancellation during the holiday season.


Jalopnik reached out to both the union and American Airlines to confirm these numbers, and will update if we hear back from the union.

It has been revealed that an estimated 15,000 of the company's flights scheduled to run over the festive period do not have an assigned pilot due to a computer glitch.

So on top of making sure your kid isn't stuck Home Alone, or that the Grinch stole Christmas, you'll have to worry about whether your airplane will take off. "And we don't want to see that happening for our passengers", Tajer said.


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