American, US Airways flight attendants reach tentative contract deal

American Airlines reached a major milestone Friday in its merger with US Airways, as the flight attendants’ union said it has reached a tentative agreement on a new, combined contract for 24,500 workers.

Details of the new contract weren’t immediately available, though union leaders said it includes higher wages and more favorable work rules. About 2,200 flight attendants, most of them US Airways employees, are based in Charlotte.

“To the company’s credit, they really stepped up in a way that puts the entire industry on notice,” said Association of Professional Flight Attendants president Laura Glading, in a statement. The union supported American’s December merger with US Airways.

Union leaders will review the contract next week, and then send it to flight attendants for a vote.

“We are building an airline that will compete aggressively in a global marketplace. Today’s tentative agreement with our flight attendants is another step forward in our integration,” said American CEO Doug Parker.