American Airlines is snarled for fourth day

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - American Airlines Flight 267 from Los Angeles was supposed to arrive at Honolulu International Airport around 9 p.m. Tuesday night. Instead it landed around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday morning.

More than 250 American flights were reported canceled Wednesday morning, after more than half of all American flights ran late Tuesday, reflecting a spike in pilot sick calls and maintenance work orders that grounded aircraft.

A job action by pilots would be illegal, and the Allied Pilots Association insisted there wasn't one, but flight attendants talked openly about it to passengers, according to news media in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area where American is headquartered.

The union has referred to widespread pilot anger about American management persuading the bankruptcy judge to set aside the pilot labor contract, allowing management to impose new work rules that will take effect next week.

Since Sunday when the flight cancellation wave began, the company has announced flight schedule reductions for September and October, and sent out layoff notices to thousands of mechanics and other ground workers.

Wall Street Journal travel columnist Scott McCartney advised business travelers to choose another airline for fall travel because, he wrote, "American has become too unreliable."

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