JetBlue pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), have ratified a four-year contract, the New York-based LCC confirmed. Of the 98% of pilots who voted, 74% were in favor of the agreement, JetBlue said in a statement.

The contractual terms—which include market competitive pay rates, per diems and 401(k) provisions—will be effective Aug. 1.

“I appreciate the hard work and dedication of both the ALPA and JetBlue negotiating teams in coming to an agreement that is fair for our pilots and that allows JetBlue to continue to grow, compete and succeed,” JetBlue president & COO Joanna Geraghty said.

Negotiations over the collective bargaining agreement have been under way since March 2015. In July 2017, JetBlue’s pilots filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board.

ALPA president Tim Canoll said the contract “provides significant pay increases, improvements to retirement, and enhanced working conditions, and serves as an example of ALPA’s determined efforts to advance our members’ careers and the piloting profession.”

Linda Blachly