The new collective bargaining agreement has a term of five years and provides improved salary and benefits as well as job security for the pilots.
According to their union, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), the agreement paves the way for the smooth integration of Pinnacle Airlines Corp's operations.
Negotiations on the single contract were already under way at Pinnacle and Colgan prior to Pinnacle's acquisition of Mesaba on 1 July 2010.
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Pilot bonus programs implemented by changing the status quo pay and working conditions of the pilots without first bargaining and reaching agreement with ALPA.
The issue is how fast Pinnacle can get an agreement with its 1,400 pilots.
Northwest had put its regional flying out for bids, and several carriers have pursued the business.
The agreement removes all restrictions preventing Pinnacle from providing regional airline services to other major airlines, with the exception of operating flights into or out of Northwest's hub...