Flight Options Pilots Plead Their Case at NBAA
Flight Options pilots are using the NBAA Convention to let the fractional provider’s customers know that the pilot group is only marginally closer to having a negotiated contract nearly a year and a half after voting for a union. The fractional provider’s more than 600 line pilots are represented by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the same group that represents NetJets’ pilots. The group is conducting “informational activities” at the NBAA show, with banner-tow airplanes carrying the message, “Will Flight Options Management Deliver?” overhead the NBAA static display and truck billboards circling the streets around Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center, where the convention is being held this week. Some common ground has been found in the negotiations, but scope, wages, schedules, bases and domiciles will be difficult to resolve, according to a union spokesman. He told AIN that Flight Options management is doing “everything they can” to make life difficult for the pilots. Flight Options said it doesn’t comment on contract negotiations.