New Scope Concerns: 76-Seat Aircraft Fleet Cap
Last week, ALPA received data raising serious questions about whether the Company has complied with new 76-seat aircraft restrictions that were triggered when Compass Airlines shut down and left Delta pilots without the furlough protection that would have been afforded by their right to flow down to Compass under Letter of Agreement (LOA) #9 of our Pilot Working Agreement (PWA).
From Flow Down to RJ Fleet Reduction
Under Section 1 B. 47. f. Exception two of the PWA, when Compass flow down rights ceased to be available to Delta pilots, the fleet cap on DCI 76-seat “permitted aircraft” was automatically reduced by 35, from 223 to 188. In other words, Delta can no longer use more than 188 76-seat airframes in its DCI operations.
Delta-Reported Status of 76-Seaters as of Aug. 2020
Apparent 76-Seat RJ Status Since August 2020
Any DCI flying by a jet that is not a “permitted aircraft” violates our Scope Clause. ALPA takes these apparent PWA violations very seriously—not least because the limit in question was specifically intended to safeguard Delta pilots’ denied flow down rights in the face of looming furloughs.
The Association issued a “cease and desist” demand on October 14, 2020, and is actively pursuing the information necessary to assess Company compliance and ensure that Delta fully honors its PWA obligations going forward.