Pilot Scope Comparison (American Airlines)

Pilot Scope Comparison (American Airlines)

American Airlines Pilot Scope Comparison -    

American Airlines Pilot Scope

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I take the following Scope policy's breakdown's from this website.

I figure the best way to really compare these different policy's is to apply each different policy to American's situation, and see how the pieces fall. In other words see what the effect over time is on Regional Scope. I plan on doing this with United and Delta in the next couple of days. The following two sections describe this comparison. 


Table Comparison

American Airlines (Based on Stagnant fleet numbers)

  • Current Mainline fleet (611)
  • Current Mainline Narrow-Body fleet (491)
  • Current Regional fleet (272)
Date of signing American's Policy
Delta's Policy United Policy
Total Fleet Limit for Regionals 319
Unlimited 697
Total # of 66-76 Aircraft 123 Total # of 71-76 Seat Aircraft 120 130
Total # of 30-65 Seat Regional Aircraft 196 Total # of 51-76 Seat Aircraft 255 255
Total # of 37-50 Seat Regional Aircraft Unlimited 442
January 2014
Scope Ratchets down to this with new NB
Total Fleet Limit for Regionals 319
450 697
Total # of 66-76 Aircraft 123 Total # of 71-76 Seat Aircraft 223 130
Total # of 30-65 Seat Regional Aircraft 196 Total # of 51-76 Seat Aircraft 325 255
Total # of 37-50 Seat Regional Aircraft 125 442
January 2015



Total Fleet Limit for Regionals 319
450 697
Total # of 66-76 Aircraft 147 Total # of 71-76 Seat Aircraft 223 130
Total # of 30-65 Seat Regional Aircraft 172 Total # of 51-76 Seat Aircraft 325 255
Total # of 37-50 Seat Regional Aircraft 125 442
January 2016



Total Fleet Limit for Regionals 319
450 697
Total # of 66-76 Aircraft 196 Total # of 71-76 Seat Aircraft 223 153
Total # of 30-65 Seat Regional Aircraft 123 Total # of 51-76 Seat Aircraft 325 255
Total # of 37-50 Seat Regional Aircraft 125 442

Fleet Growth/Stagnant/Shrinkage Scenarios

The following graphs reflect what the Total Regional numbers would look like with the three respective policy's, applied to three different fleet growth models. The above chart is only the Stagnant fleet growth model, the following charts show all three.

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The following are non charted scope elements.

Furlough Protection:

  • American's Protection lies with the 7300 pilot floor that must be on the seniority list or the whole Scope contract could be voided.
  • Delta's Furlough protection requires removal of 6 seats from the 76 seat jets in the event the current most junior pilot is furloughed. This is the same as United's.

Block Hour Restrictions

  • American only allows up to 125% of block hours to be flown as Regional's between hubs.
  • United's as of Date of Signing is 120% of Mainline, if they get a narrow body after 2016 they see similar reductions as Delta.
  • Delta is non existent until 153 (76) seat jets are exceeded, but then ratchet down to Mainline flying 156% of Regional hours..

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