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A failure in a scheduling platform caused American Airlines pilots to drop thousands of flights last July, their union said Saturday, a headache for the airline as it tries minimize flight interruptions during a booming travel season.

American confirmed the issue and said it did not expect the issue to affect its operations, including over the July 4 holiday weekend.

“As a result of this technical glitch, certain travel trading transactions could be processed when they should not have been,” the airline said in a statement. “We have already recovered the vast majority of affected trips and do not expect any operational impact due to this issue.”

More than 12,000 flights in July had no captain, first officer or both, after pilots dropped orders, the Allied Pilots Association said earlier.

Pilots can routinely deliver or pick up trips, but free time during the summer or vacations is hard to come by for airline employees as schedules spike to meet high demand.

On Saturday alone, American had more than 3,000 main flights scheduled, which were 93% full, according to an internal count. However, flights that remain unmanned are an additional burden for any airline.

The outage occurred during a rocky start to the weekend of July 4, when thunderstorms and staffing problems caused thousands of delays in US flights and hundreds of cancellations.

American and its pilots’ union, whose relationship is fraught, are in the midst of contract negotiations, and the airline recently offered nearly… 17% increases to 2024† The new union president, Capt. Ed Sicher, began a three-year term on Friday.

American’s pilots recently pecked at grueling schedules, something they want to address in a new contract. Pilots at Delta and Southwest have been pecking for similar reasons in recent weeks.

American said it has suspended a platform that allows pilots to change their schedules while it investigates the matter.

“We understand that these are important tools for our pilots and are working as quickly as possible. We will provide updates throughout the day as we learn more,” American told pilots in an email on Saturday.

Dennis Tajer, an American Airlines captain and spokesperson for the Allied Pilots Association, said the company was failing to keep its IT system working properly, creating “uncertainty for passengers and pilots.”

A similar problem occurred in 2017, when a technology problem allowed American pilots to take a vacation during the busy December holiday period. The carrier offered pilots 150% pay for pilots who picked up assignments.

 

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