December 24, 2018
All Atlas Air and Southern Air Crew Members,
As 2018 comes to a close, I want to thank you for your efforts this past year, particularly during this demanding holiday season.
We continue to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations. Peak season is no exception. Your contributions to these efforts are appreciated by all of us at Atlas Air Worldwide and by our customers. Thank you.
For those who are working on Christmas, we hope you and your colleagues enjoy the holiday meal allowance that we provided as a gesture of our appreciation. We thank you for ensuring this continuity with our business to deliver excellent service for our customers. We understand that it can often be difficult to be away from home during the holidays, and we extend our gratitude to your family and friends as well. Please refer to the note sent by the Pilot Support Team for more details on usage for this special allowance.
Looking ahead to 2019, we expect to see opportunities for continued growth across all four of our fleets and are planning for it. We are keeping pace with our growth and expect the robust hiring trends of the past three years to continue. We are hiring more pilots for all four fleets, and are creating more career opportunities for crew members.
The Training center will continue to be the center of activity that it has been for the last several years. 2019 will be no different. We will see promotional opportunities along with the new hires in all four gauges, as well as the ever-increasing recurrent activity.
Additionally, we look forward to returning to the negotiating table with the Union negotiating committee. We remain committed to recognizing your significant contributions through the completion of a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) that is competitive and provides continued growth for you and the company.
Now with the management grievance arbitration behind us, it is time to get to the table regardless of the outcome of the arbitration. To that end, we approached Union leadership earlier this month to discuss re-engaging in bargaining.
Union leaders acknowledged they are interested in joining us at the table and suggested that we initiate a Framework Agreement outlining protocols to return to the table. We agreed and drafted a Framework Agreement that is straightforward and supports funding the Union’s negotiating team’s time at the table. Importantly, the draft we submitted for the Union’s consideration omits constraints that were notably frustrating to the Union in the previous Framework Agreement that we both signed. Union leaders have acknowledged receipt of our draft Framework Agreement proposal. We are currently awaiting their response as we look forward to returning to bargaining as early as January.
Coming up as well is the Check Airman meeting in MIA, now held biannually in January and August due to the growth of the company. Bill Flynn, John Dietrich and I look forward to seeing many of you at this meeting, and for those I miss, I hope to see you in recurrent school, or during my travels about the system. We will have a lot to talk about regarding the company and negotiations as the year progresses. Again, thank you for your continued commitment to providing superior service to all of our customers. Wishing you and your families peaceful, safe and happy holidays.
Senior Vice President