Southwest Loses Frontier Bid Over Questions Of Pilot Positions

August 14, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – Southwest has lost their bid to take over Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc., due to the fact that their pilots were unable to agree on the matter of seniority.

Southwest had originally come in with a $170 million bid for the discount flights company. But the company was going to leave it up to their pilots on whether or not the bid went through.

After tense attempts at negotiation, Southwest lost the bid, after it became clear that the pilots between the two companies would not be able to agree on who took higher precedence in seniority.

Seniority dictates flight routes, times, pay, and other benefits that are important to crew members.

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. came out with the winning bid, at $108.8 million, plus a promise not to pursue $150 million unsecured debt involved in the Frontier bankruptcy claim.

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