After several weeks of negotiations, Pinnacle Airlines reached a tentative agreement with its pilots union, the Memphis-headquarter airlines said on Monday.
Terms of the deal with not disclosed. The tentative agreement has to be ratified by the pilot's union and that will take place in January.
A separate agreement was reached among Pinnacle Airlines, Pinnacle pilots and Delta Air Lines that includes long-term career opportunities and the addition of 40 CRJ-900s to the Pinnacle fleet, the airline said in a news release.
With this agreement, Pinnacle's long-term fleet plan has been established at 81 CRJ-900 aircraft. The CRJ-900 deliveries are planned for the fall 2013 and are planned to be completed by year-end 2014. Pinnacle will remove its 140 CRJ-200 aircraft from the fleet over the next two to three years.
"I want to thank ALPA and the negotiating teams for working exceptionally hard to accomplish this," said John Spanjers, president and CEO of Pinnacle Airlines Corp. "Throughout this process, our goal was to reach a consensual agreement with ALPA and both sides worked diligently to achieve that goal."
ALPA members will have the opportunity to vote on the tentative agreement in January and, if approved, the changes would become effective when similar changes are implemented for Pinnacle's other labor groups and non-union employees. The tentative agreement also remains subject to approval and review by the Bankruptcy Court. About Pinnacle Airlines Corp.