American Airlines agrees to pilot promotions deal

DALLAS - American Airlines has agreed to a deal that creates a pecking order for pilots from its American Eagle subsidiary to join the nation's largest carrier.

The airline said late Tuesday that it had tentatively agreed with unions to settle three disputes over the way in which Eagle pilots can move up to American Airlines.

The agreement calls for pilots who were laid off by American Airlines in recent years to be recalled first, and then pilots who fly American Eagle's smaller planes can move up to the mainline carrier.

The agreement was announced by the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents Eagle pilots, and the Allied Pilots Association, which represents their counterparts at American. Pilots at American are paid more than those at Eagle. Both airlines are owned by Fort Worth-based AMR Corp.

Separately, the union at American Airlines asked Tuesday for raises equal to 2.68 percent per year back to 1992. That would be about 49 percent so far, and rising to nearly 53 percent next year.

- Associated Press