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The Horizon airlines agreement passed by 99%

Horizon Air’s pilots expressed concern over the company’s ongoing pilot shortage, which has strained aviation services. They reached a tentative agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), representing Horizon’s pilots, after identifying the crucial importance of talented pilots to the group. The company hopes this new agreement will help its pilots and retain talent.

Many Benefits to come

The ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC) unanimously recommended ratifying a new collective bargaining agreement with the airlines. The proposal will provide immediate and substantial improvements in compensation, working conditions, and quality of life for ALPA-represented pilots at both companies. An additional benefit is the new “fatigue policy.” This policy will allow a pilot who calls fatigue to “immediately” get about 10 hours of rest—helping the safety of all those involved in aviation, from the pilot, crew members, and passengers.

A word from Alaska’s Vice President

“We are pleased to bring this proposal to our pilots. It’s a significant investment in our employees that also positions us to be successful long term,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “This new five-year contract will help ensure we have the people we need to keep our commitment to customers.”

The proposed five-year contract provides significant increases in pay across both companies and enhanced retirement benefits. The revised pay scale reflects longevity, addresses the pilot shortage, and improves the contract process. Also, the new personal computer policy allows pilots to use their peripherals of choice.

Pay incentives

It has been estimated by Horizon airlines and Alaska airlines that they are expected to hire 500 pilots annually throughout 2025. These aviation companies are based in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. They reach over 45 cities throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, the Midwest, British Columbia, and Alberta in Canada. Horizon maintains pilots in Anchorage, Boise, Everette, Medford, Portland, Seattle, and Spokane. On average, captains in their first year make around $81.14 another, and if this agreement is officially put into place with raise to $149.18 and continue to rise with each passing year. First-year officer pilots at Horizon will see a pay increase of $90 an hour and eventually 92.72.

Some pilots may worry about having to work holidays, but with this ratification, they plan to give pilots who fly during the holidays an 150% premium.


This proposal shows how aviation companies work together through joint committees, consulting directly with employees, and transforming the business for our current and future pilots. Now is an excellent time to seek employment and take advantage of this opportunity. Now is your chance to apply. Go to

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KUNZLER, J. (2022, September 9). Horizon Air Pilots See Pay Almost Double. Simply Flying. Retrieved September 19, 2022, from

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