Ladies and Gentlemen:
We are pleased to announce that United Airlines has signed a Flight Attendant Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement with Delta effective August 11, 2008. The full agreement is posted on our website. This is an incremental improvement as we continue to advocate for improvements to world-wide travel benefits for Flight Attendants.
The agreement guidelines for using open cabin seats on Delta is posted on our website. In summary, the agreement provides:
- United Flight Attendants with a crew badge will have access to free, space available economy seating on Delta flights within the United States and U.S. Virgin Islands effective August 11.
- Delta Flight Attendants with a crew badge will have similar benefits on United effective August 11.
- Priority on flights will first be given by each carrier to its own NRSA passengers (employees, retirees, buddy pass holders, ID 90, etc.)
- Next, crewmembers participating in Reciprocal Agreements will be awarded space available seats on a "first come, first served" basis.
Cabin seat agreements are commonplace across the industry and it is critical that United join its competitors in offering comparable benefits and commuting options for United Flight Attendants. This is a positive step, but we have further to go before we have travel options for United Flight Attendants in line with the rest of the industry.
We encourage all Flight Attendants to thoroughly review the Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements with Delta, US Airways and JetBlue to ensure you are able to fully benefit.
Greg Davidowitch, President
United Master Executive Council