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American Airlines doesn't have enough pilots for holiday

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American Airlines doesn't currently have enough pilots to serve thousands of flights during next month's busy holiday travel period, due to a computer scheduling problem.

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The Allied Pilots Association, the union representing the carrier's aviators, told its members it learned there are "significant holes" in the operation."

"Management disclosed a failure within the pilot schedule bidding system," the union wrote in a message on its website. "As a result, thousands of flights currently do not have pilots assigned to fly them during the upcoming critical holiday period."

The association said American management "unilaterally invoked a solution for crewing affected flights," and that it filed a grievance for what it said it is a direct contract violation.

"Because management unilaterally created their solution in violation of the contract, neither APA nor the contract can guarantee the promised payment of the premium being offered," the union said.

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