A splendid picture of Southwest Airlines' Lone Star One, the company's tribute to its home state of Texas arriving at Baltimore/Washington. The color scheme was originally unveiled in November 1990 on Boeing 737-3H4 N352SW (msn 24888) with the old colors. In this picture N352SW has been updated with the newer 2001 tail markings.
On April 14, 2011 Southwest Airlines announced the respective unions representing Southwest Airlines pilots and AirTran Airways pilots, as well as both companies, signed a Four-Party Process Agreement that provides for the two pilot groups to begin their seniority integration discussions prior to legal closing of the AirTran acquisition. It also outlines provisions of an implementation schedule in the event an agreement is reached on an integrated seniority list (ISL). Southwest anticipates closing on its acquisition of AirTran Airways in second quarter of 2011.
The Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) and the Air Line Pilots' Association (ALPA) can now begin the work of integrating seniority lists in accordance with the McCaskill-Bond Act. This new Four-Party Process Agreement also creates a timeline for SWAPA and ALPA to reach an ISL agreement. If an agreement is not reached during this timeframe, the matter will be sent to arbitration and a new implementation process will have to be negotiated.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough.
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