SkyWest Inc. which placed a firm order for 100 Embraer E-175-E2 aircraft and options for 100 more, will not be able to operate them for most U.S. mainline carriers unless Embraer substantially reduces their certificated maximum takeoff weight or pilots’ unions agree to relax restrictions in their collective bargaining agreements. Almost all of the union contracts—with Alaska Airlines being one notable exception—forbid major U.S. airlines from outsourcing flying to any aircraft ...
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