Horizon Air pilots confirm new contract

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LONDON – Alaska Air subsidiary Horizon Air has announced that it has reached an agreement with its pilots over a new contract.

The contract

The contract that has been signed by over 700 pilots, mostly agreed on many wage benefits, which include an increase in a wage raise of about 74% for captains and 85% for first officers. The new contract also includes pay for training, holiday, and more.

This new contract is aimed to attract new pilots that would otherwise go to major airlines such as Delta or United to get the best out of their careers.

Horizon Air has recently faced troubles, as they are planning to become an Embraer-only airline, operating the Embraer E175 solely. Because of this, and combined with the current pilot shortage, Horizon Air had seen a temporary downfall in scheduled flights.

“The pilot shortage and the transition to a single fleet of Embraer 175 aircraft has resulted in a temporary reduction of Horizon’s scheduled flying.”

“Nonetheless, Horizon continues to fly to every community we serve. Regional air service provides essential support for economic development and strong local communities.”

“We’re committed to ensuring this service remains strong into the future,” said Alaska Airlines in a statement.

“We knew that significant improvements were necessary for Horizon Air to attract and retain the best pilots,” Henry Simkins – IBT 1224, which is the pilot’s union – executive council chairman, said in a news release.

“This agreement not only makes Horizon a great place to build flight time but, for some, a great place to build a career.”

Joe Sprague, president of Horizon Air, stated, “We are focused on making Horizon the regional carrier of choice for pilots, and this agreement positions us well.”

“I’m grateful to our pilots and to our colleagues at the IBT for their collaboration and hard work in getting to this point. Together, we are positioning Horizon for a strong future.”

Below is a chart with the different pay rates for the pilots of Horizon Air, with the previous rate at the left, DOR = Date of Ratification, meaning that that will be the new wage for the pilots after the contracts are ratified, and the increased pay per year after that.

LongevityPrevious RateDOR12/14/202312/14/2024
1st Year81.42149.18151.41153.68
2nd Year83.51153.00155.30157.62
3rd Year88.04156.83159.18161.57
4th Year90.29160.65163.06165.51
5th Year92.08164.48166.94169.45
6th Year94.23168.30170.82173.39
7th Year96.26172.13174.71177.33
8th Year98.76175.95178.59181.27
9th Year101.80179.78182.47185.21
10th Year105.21183.60186.35189.15
11th Year108.13187.43190.24193.09
12th Year111.48191.25194.12197.03
13th Year114.39195.08198.00200.97
14th Year118.04198.90201.88204.91
15th Year121.57202.73205.77208.85
16th Year123.42206.55209.65212.79
17th Year125.90210.38213.53216.73
18th Year129.02215.00218.23221.50
LongevityPrevious RateDOR12/14/202312/14/2024
1st Year48.4090.0091.3592.72
2nd Year52.2497.5098.96100.45
3rd Year57.19105.00106.58108.17
4th Year58.66108.75110.38112.04
5th Year59.66108.75110.38112.04
6th Year60.66108.75110.38112.04
7th Year61.65108.75110.38112.04
8th Year62.64108.75110.38112.04
Source: Simple Flying


The new pay increase is a major concern for other airlines, as they definitely don’t want to be outplayed by other airlines. Horizon Air caused this time a major concern to other airlines, as shown by other airlines.

The CEO of SkyWest Chip Childs stated that they have been borrowing money from banks to be able to pay the pilots once they are going to demand higher pay.

This is, quite obviously, very concerning as an airline should not be having to borrow money to be able to pay their pilots, nor should any company, for that matter.  

Piedmont Airlines, a regional carrier owned by American Airlines, will also be increasing its pay to its pilots, for the same reason to recruit more pilots.

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