Management informed APA a few minutes ago that it unilaterally decided not to award any paid Voluntary Short Term Leaves of Absence (VSTLOA) or unpaid Voluntary Extended Leaves of Absence (VELOA) for any 737 or 320 bid status for the month of April.
Management intends to award wide-body and the E-190 bid statuses for April with a new effective date of April 6, 2020, but has still not finalized those awards.
“This incomprehensible April Fool’s joke leaves us at a loss for words. We are meeting with management and will continue to provide updates.” -APA
According to a recent CNBC article titled: American Airlines apologizes for mistakenly offering dozens of pilots voluntary leave amid Coronavirus
American Airlines apologized to its pilots on Wednesday after mistakenly offering thousands of aviators voluntary leave options as part of the company’s effort to cut costs to fight Coronavirus’ toll on travel demand.
American had “either by miscalculation or miscommunication wrongly indicated” that a minimum of 1,200 pilots who fly Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 narrowbody aircraft could take short term leave, according to an email to pilots from Kimball Stone, American’s senior vice president of flight operations, which was reviewed by CNBC.