ATLANTA, GA – Steve Johnson, a 47-year-old veteran narrowbody pilot is furious after learning he will only earn a mere $475k this year to sit in the cockpit of a plane that is mostly flying itself.
After learning his union negotiated a new deal with Delta Airlines to increase pay for widebody pilots to $590k a year, Johnson is beside himself. While the deal also included a sizable pay jump for narrowbody pilots to a tidy sum of $475k, Johnson and several other narrowbody pilots are livid.
Announcement from @AmericanAir CEO Robert Isom today to pilots. He’s ready to match the dollars in @Delta pilots newly ratified deal, with even more quality of life guarantees. By year 4, narrow body captain tops at $475,000, wide body captain $590,000 annually. pic.twitter.com/0pEPCAM3Lo— Doug Dunbar (@cbs11doug) March 8, 2023
“How are we supposed to afford our new all-electric Hummer this year,” Johnson told a reporter. “At $475k a year, I can barely afford to make our family’s annual trip to Mar A Lago while still maintaining my sugar baby’s life in Los Angeles.”
He went on to suggest that he and other fellow narrowbody pilots may quiet quit in solidarity by refusing to inform passengers of the weather conditions at their final destination.
The new proposal stunned many in the industry who indicated they were shocked at how paltry the final numbers for the salary deal were.
Carl Lapold, an industry analyst for Clickbait Travel Bloggers dot com, shared his take, noting, “Pilots are the demigods of the airline industry. Without them, who’d hit the autopilot button after the plane levels off? No one, that’s who. They deserve more, to be honest.”