Airlines

Pilots at Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX Air are represented by the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224. For years, executives at the three carriers have been refusing to negotiate fairly with our union to make much-needed improvements to our outdated contracts—even though we can’t maintain and attract a sufficient number of pilots at our current wages, terms and benefits.

 

Atlas Air

Atlas Air is owned by AAWW and flies for DHL, UPS, Amazon Air, U.S. military troops and their families, and the NFL. As of the end of 2018, there were 1724 pilots at the carrier. Average pay for a Boeing 767 captain is about 33% less than FedEx and UPS captains on average for flying the same plane once reaching the maximum years of experience. AAWW’s annual net income in 2018 was $271 million.

Atlas Air pilots are working under a substandard, seven-year-old contract that was imposed on them by an arbitrator. Pilots have been in negotiations for an amended contract for more than three years.

 

Southern Air

Southern Air is owned by AAWW and flies for DHL and Amazon Air. As of the end of 2018, there were 236 pilots at the carrier. Average pay for a Boeing 767 captain is about 33% less than FedEx and UPS captains on average for flying the same plane once reaching the maximum years of experience. AAWW’s annual net income in 2018 was $271 million.

Southern Air pilots have been working under a contract that was forced upon them in 2012, while Southern was in bankruptcy. This past year the pilots ratified a Letter of Agreement (LOA) that raises some standards at Southern Air to be on par with those of pilots at AAWW-owned Atlas Air. Southern Air pilots also have been in negotiations for an amended contract for more than two years.

 

ABX Air

ABX Air is owned by ATSG and flies for DHL, Amazon Air, and more. As of the end of 2018, there were 255 pilots at the carrier. Average pay for a Boeing 767 captain is about 33% less than FedEx and UPS captains on average for flying the same plane once reaching the maximum years of experience. ATSG’s annual net income in 2018 was $69 million.

ABX pilots have been in negotiations for an amended contract for over four years. Understaffing continues to be a problem and pilots went on strike during the 2016 holiday season after the company repeatedly violated the contractual flight duty and scheduling rules.