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Southwest Airlines reached a tentative agreement Thursday with its 5,800 pilots represented by the Southwest Airlines Pilots Assn. on switching some future 737-700 deliveries to -800s.According to SWAPA, the agreement includes "a single pay rate for the 737, profitability-based raise added to the hard 2% raise in 2011, a contract extension with an amendable date extended to September 2012, and a profitability-based raise in 2012."
The accord follows a similar tentative agreement reached last month with the LCC's flight attendants (ATW Daily News, Sept. 21). SWA Executive VP and COO Mike Van de Ven said flight deck and cabin crew recognize "the potential long-term benefits associated with adding the -800 to our fleet. We are still evaluating the needs for training, scheduling, aircraft configuration and other regulatory considerations, but this is an important step in the due diligence process."
SWAPA President Capt. Carl Kuwitzky said, "We share the company's enthusiasm for the added revenue [737-800s] can provide." He added, "Now we can focus our resources on the acquisition of AirTran Airways and the transition into one carrier." Voting on the tentative agreement will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, SWAPA said. The flight attendants still need to ratify their agreement as well.
 
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