CINCINNATI (AP) -- Comair said it asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Thursday to allow the carrier to impose concessions on its 1,500 pilots if negotiations don't produce an agreement.
Comair, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., has tentatively scheduled talks with the Air Line Pilots Association for the next two weeks, spokeswoman Kate Marx said.
"Comair's strong preference is to achieve a consensual agreement outside the courtroom," Marx said. "We have continued to demonstrate our good faith bargaining by reducing our proposals to $15.8 million and incorporating enhanced benefits for the pilots."
A message seeking comment was left with the union.
Comair filed for bankruptcy protection last year, along with Delta.
Comair's pilots make an average of $59,600 a year, the airline said. The proposed pay cut would amount to $6,400.
The pilots ratified $17.3 million in givebacks in January, conditioned on the airline obtaining concessions from mechanics and flight attendants.
In July, a bankruptcy judge told Comair it could impose $7.9 million in concessions on the flight attendants -- $1 million less than the amount stipulated in contracts with the pilots and mechanics -- so the pilots demanded new terms.
Last month, the mechanics union and the airline announced that their earlier deal on concessions had been modified, and Comair reached a tentative deal with flight attendants to cut their pay 7.5 percent, subject to a ratification vote ending Nov. 14.
Comair is based in nearby Erlanger, Ky., near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The airline has about 6,500 employees and operates 882 flights daily to 103 cities.
News stories provided by third parties are not edited by "Site Publication" staff. For suggestions and comments, please click the Contact link at the bottom of this page.