April 8, 2015
It’s official: today, the FAA handed American Airlines its Single Operating Certificate. In the eyes of the federal government, our merger is complete. As a result, today we are all American Airlines Flight Attendants.
Although this is a big and important step for our merger, there is still a lot of work to do to combine our workgroups and implement our joint contract. Dozens of union reps from each of the legacy airlines are putting in long hours in order to get this work done, and to get it done right. In fact, look for a combined acronym list in a Hotline later today from the JNC, which should help us all speak the same language. I am awestruck by the dedication of these Flight Attendants and all that they have already accomplished. Please join me in thanking them once again as their work continues.
There will be more milestones and more changes for our membership, but let’s take a moment today to congratulate ourselves on how far we have come. 25,000 of us worked together to make something incredible happen. It wasn’t easy and it certainly hasn’t been perfect. However, when you consider all the potential pitfalls and all of the opportunities we had to fail or fall apart, this merger is a tremendous success story. Today’s announcement is a tangible symbol of that success.
Congratulations to all of the Flight Attendants of the new American Airlines.
APFA National President