Another US Regional Airline Significantly Raises Pilot Pay

23rd Jun 2022

More than 1,900 pilots at PSA Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), secured significant pay increases and other contract enhancements as part of an effort by the regional carrier to attract and retain pilots as the travel airline industry recovers from pandemic-related losses. PSA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group (AAG), joins the more than 2,600 ALPA pilots at two other AAG subsidiaries, Piedmont and Envoy, who have also signed new agreements which position them at the top of regional airline industry in terms of pay and career advancement.

“These new agreements bring to fruition ALPA’s long advocated goal of achieving permanent changes to salaries and work rules, particularly in the regional industry. Without these changes, pilots would continue to leave for airlines that offered better pay, working conditions, and career opportunities. The new PSA agreements will not only help PSA  hire and retain quality pilots, but will set the standard for other regional carriers to follow suit,” said Captain John Ebbert, chair of ALPA’s PSA pilot group.

On top of the regional industry leading pay rates, PSA pilots will receive an additional 50% pay rate premium for a period in excess of two years. There are also significant pay increases for instructor pilots. New hire pilots can earn captain pay rates once they have logged 750 Part 121 flight hours. Other improved pay rules further enhance pilots’ overall compensation. The agreement also increases the rate at which PSA pilots can “flow” to American Airlines.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 64,000 pilots at 39 U.S. and Canadian airlines.

Source: ALPA Press Release

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