Feds: American Airlines Underpaid On Pensions

DALLAS (AP) – Federal officials say that American Airlines contributed only $6.5 million of the $100 million it was supposed to pay into employee pension plans this week.

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. called the underpayment “a disturbing development.

American and its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection in November. The director of the pension-insurance agency has warned American not to terminate its pension plans.

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One Comment

  1. susan says:

    “disturbing” is not the word for it..disastrous” is more like it..i know that aa has the bankruptcy court guiding them through this, but they also have high powered attornies and have leeway in some areas..i am a concerned retiree with an already very small pension..if it goes away or gets smaller, i will be on the corner with an “i will work for food ” sign!!!

  2. James says:

    Yep – AA is bankrupt! The entire purpose of that federal agency is to take over the underfunded pensions of bankrupt firms. I don’t understand why they are raising such a big issue over it now, when other large airlines did the exact same thing a decade ago. At least AA tried to avoid going down this road.

  3. susan says:

    the issue is being raised now because aa assured the federal guaranty group they had enough funding to cover pensions, and the federal guaranty group said they did not want to step in because of it..other carriers who have gone into the bankruptcy court have had little or no assets to fall back upon and their oension funds were at 0.00..it is not exactly the same thing…..

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