AirTran Airways flight attendants reached a tentative agreement with Southwest Airlines on Tuesday.
Southwest bought AirTran in 2011 and is transitioning the carrier into its operations. So far, 400 flight attendants have transitioned to Southwest while another 1,700 flight attendants remain at AirTran.
"I applaud the efforts of both parties in reaching an agreement that incorporates rewards and incentives for increased productivity and perfect attendance, while remaining mindful of AirTran’s low cost structure," said Mike Hafner, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Cabin Services.
The tentative contract serves as bridge until all the AirTran flight attendants have transitioned to Southwest, the company said.
"AirTran Flight Attendants’ immense contributions have played a key role in the overall success of this merger. These negotiations have been difficult. Working in the limited time frame left for AirTran, it became clear it was time to make some difficult decisions, and bring these negotiations to a close allowing our members to determine the next step,” said flight attendant union president Alison Head in a statement.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA represent AirTran flight attendants.