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American Airlines to cut back on pilots working out of Phoenix

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PHOENIX — American Airlines plans to cut 500 pilot spots from its roster in Phoenix after a lengthy labor-related issue has been resolved.

The Street reported that about a third of the nearly 1,500 pilots based in Phoenix would have to leave for other American Air hubs by 2017.

A seniority ruling had kept pilots from moving to other bases after the airline merged with the now-defunct US Airways.
Three pilots group can now be under the airline’s umbrella.

A panel of arbitrators had made that decision in September.

The airline recently raised pay of pilots for two of its regional carriers.

American and US Airways merged in 2013. Since then, the Texas-based American has said it would move a flight training center from Phoenix to Fort Worth, Texas and Charlotte, North Carolina.