MIAMI — The flight attendants of American Airlines and US Airways, represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, and the airline have reached a tentative contract agreement. The two sides had until today to reach an agreement before the matter went to binding arbitration. Details of the contract were not immediately available.

Through 150 days of expedited bargaining, it has been the JNC’s goal to secure the highest wages and best work rules of any network carrier and we are proud to report that the goal has been reached,” the APFA said in a statement. 

“Our team was tenacious,” said Laura Glading, president of the APFA, in a statement. “They were well-prepared, and in the end they brought home an outstanding agreement.”

“We are building an airline that will compete aggressively in a global marketplace. Today’s tentative agreement with our flight attendants is another step forward in our integration,” said Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of American Airlines. “We thank the APFA and the union negotiation team for their leadership and professionalism.”

The contract will still need to be ratified by the union’s 24,500 members.