November 19, 2018 / 5:06 PM / a month ago

CORRECTED-American Airlines pilots ask carrier to start negotiations for a new contract

(Corrects paragraph 1 to say salaries were last revised in 2017. The story was previously refiled to change date to Nov. 19.)

Nov 19 (Reuters) - American Airlines pilots union on Monday urged the carrier to begin negotiations for a new labor contract in January to boost salaries that were last revised in 2017.

The No. 1 U.S. carrier signed a five-year contract with its pilots in early 2015, providing immediate pay raises of 23 percent and subsequent annual raises of three percent. (prn.to/2DwoNXO)

Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing 15,000 American Airlines pilots, said "it's time" to move beyond the labor contract borne out of bankruptcy, as it pursues a revised agreement amid booming demand for air travel.

"With respectful communication and open dialogue, there is no reason why we cannot achieve a better contract," APA President Captain Daniel Carey said in a statement.

"We fully intend to conclude these negotiations in months, not years." (Reporting by Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru)

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