March 31, 2009
Ladies and Gentlemen:
We are pleased to announce that United Airlines has signed a Flight Attendant Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreement with Northwest effective April 6, 2009. 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 Northwest will soon be 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 Northwest flights within the United States and U.S. Virgin Islands effective April 6.
Northwest Flight Attendants with a crew badge will have similar benefits on United effective April 6.
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 this agreement brings United Airlines closer to providing comparable benefits with its competitors. We recognize this positive step forward as we continue our advocacy for improved world-wide travel benefits.
We encourage all Flight Attendants to thoroughly review the Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements with Northwest, American, Southwest, Delta, US Airways and JetBlue to ensure you are able to fully benefit.
Greg Davidowitch, President
United Master Executive Council