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American Airlines Flight Attendants Up in Arms Over 1.1% Profit Share After The Carrier Reported a Record Full-Year Revenue of $53 Billion in 2023

American Airlines Flight Attendants Up in Arms Over 1.1% Profit Share After The Carrier Reported a Record Full-Year Revenue of $53 Billion in 2023

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Flight attendants at American Airlines have been expressing their frustration with the company after they were offered a profit share of just 1.1% on the back of the Dallas Fort Worth-based carrier reporting a record full-year revenue of approximately $53 billion and income of $822 million for 2023.

Flight attendants and other exasperated AA employees have compared the 1.1% profit share against what their peers at United and Delta Air Lines will receive in profit sharing for 2023 – 9.1% and approximately 10.3%, respectively.

Historically, profit sharing at American Airlines has always trailed behind United and Delta, but Thursday’s announcement comes at a particularly tense time as flight attendants at American Airlines press to be released to go on strike.

Last week, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) made a second request to the National Mediation Board for permission to go on strike, although they are still waiting for a decision from the board.

In the meantime, the NMB has given American Airlines until February 2 to reply to the union’s request. In effect, this is an opportunity for the airline to argue why it thinks flight attendants shouldn’t be granted permission to go on strike.

The sticking point in contract negotiations has been AA’s refusal to revisit an 11% pay rise, although both sides are due to meet again for mediated talks on February 5, and a conference to discuss the state of negotiations will be held at the NMB’s headquarters in early March.

Surprisingly, American Airlines is offering a lower percentage of profit sharing for 2023 compared to 2022 despite continued strong travel demand and forecast headwinds failing to materialize as much as some industry analysts had feared.

Back in 2016, American Airlines offered a profit share of 3%, but in recent years, profit sharing hasn’t breached 2%.

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  • Having worked for both AA and DL, I can tell you DL does not pay their wholly owned subsidiaries profit sharing whereas AA does. So even if AA had the exact same profit as DL, the payout would still be less. Also prior to the mechanics contract in 2019, no work group had profit sharing in any CBA. At that time, the companies formula was subpar to the industry for profit sharing payout. Back then Doug stated in an internal video he expected all contracts going forward to add profit sharing into the CBA and the formula was going to be inline with DL. Every contract since then has the new formula. The Flight Attendants are still working under the old contract with the standard company formula that non-union workgroups get their payout based off of, So the FAs aren’t the only ones getting 1.1%, All eligible management and non-union work groups also got 1.1%

    • This isn’t true. Gate agents and pilots both received higher percentages per their contracts. FAs are negotiating in the new contract for a higher percentage but management refuses to budge on any dollar amount higher than the insulting economic proposal they put out in September.

  • Etihad announced record revenue of 5.5 billion and then enacted a pay cut on cabin crew. Will you be running a story on this ? Unions are illegal so they are at the mercy of their employer and need someone to speak on their behalf.

  • I’m confused. Are flight attendants the only ones who receive profit sharing? They’re the only workout upset about the amount? Please clarify or enlighten me…

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