Pilots, World Airways reach tentative agreement | VailDaily.com

Pilots, World Airways reach tentative agreement

WASHINGTON – Pilots for the biggest civilian carrier of troops ended their 9-day strike after reaching a tentative contract agreement with World Airways over the weekend.The pilots, who had continued ferrying military personnel, returned to work flying civilian charters on Sunday, according to World Airways.The airline said the 430 pilots are expected to ratify their contract within 30 days.The charter airline, owned by World Air Holdings, Inc., of Peachtree City, Ga., says it’s the largest private carrier of U.S. troops for the government.About nine of the company’s 17 widebody jets fly primarily for the military, taking troops from the United States to military installations in the Middle East and elsewhere.Mark Ohlau, the pilots’ negotiations chairman, said in a statement that they intended to protect jobs and that the tentative agreement accomplishes that.Charlie McDonald, World Airways chief operating officer, called the agreement “fair and equitable.” It includes wage increases, continued profit sharing, a signing bonus, improved benefits and work rules and job security, he said in a statement.The 430 pilots are represented by El Monte, Calif.-based Local 986 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.Vail, Colorado

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