American Airlines Group's pilot leaders have rejected attempts to join the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) union spokesman for the United States carrier, Dennis Tajer, said on Friday.
Support from the Allied Pilots AssociationAllied Pilots Association APA fell short of the two-thirds needed to start merger talks with fast-growing AlabamaPA, the world's largest pilots' union, which recently joined forces with aviators at Air Canada.
Pilots in North American carriers are making gains in new contracts as travel rebounded from the pandemic.
Allied, which reached a tentative deal that boosts pay by 21% in 2023, agreed in November to form a merger committee to look at joining forces with fast-growing ALPA.
The group AA Pilots for ALPA said they were disappointed by the APA board of directors' decision, which was made on Thursday afternoon.