KEY POINTS
  • Delta and its pilots' union have been in tense negotiations for years.
  • Pilots across the industry have been pushing airlines for big raises and scheduling improvements.
  • The "agreement-in-principle" still needs union approval and ratification by pilots before it is implemented.

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A pilot walks past the windows at the newly renovated Delta terminal D at LaGuardia Airport in New York March 6, 2021.

Delta Air Lines and its pilots' union have reached a preliminary agreement for raises topping 30% over four years, a milestone deal that could sharply drive up aviators' pay across the industry.

Pilots' unions and airlines across the U.S. have been in tense negotiations for months if not years, as crews seek more compensation and better schedules.

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