AA Will Shrink Its Phoenix Base

American Airlines, now free to merge its three pilot groups, will cut the size of its Phoenix pilot base from about 1,500 to about 1,000.

Finally, former America West Airlines pilots who now fly for American Airlines (AAL) have been given their "Get Out of Jail Free" cards.

But it is likely that some will have to leave whether they want to or not. American said Friday that about 500 of the 1,500 pilots currently based in Phoenix will have to find a new base by summer 2017.

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