“We are happy that our crewmembers have accepted this win-win contract offer,” UPS Airlines president Brendan Canavan said in a written statement.
Other changes in the contract are aimed at addressing pilot fatigue, including changes in duty periods for overnight and international flights, and more sleep facilities on some aircraft and at major UPS gateways. The National Transportation Safety Board in 2014 determined that pilots in the 2013 crash of a UPS jet in Birmingham, Ala., were likely fatigued. But the NTSB said more stringent work-hour rules wouldn’t have prevented the crash.
Independent Pilots Association president Robert Travis said the union will continue to advocate for passenger airline pilot duty and rest rules to apply to cargo pilots.