Delta Air Lines pilots will get an overall 30 percent raise by 2019, with most of that immediate and retroactive to Jan. 1, following the ratification of a new contract with the air carrier.

About 18 months ago, the pilots rejected a deal with smaller raises, but this time 82 percent of the pilots voted to accept a deal that runs through the end of 2019.

Capt. John Malone, a lead negotiator for the pilots, announced passage in a letter to the pilots. He also made it clear the pilots are likely to seek bigger raises next time. 

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