Tuesday March 9, 2021

APA president criticizes American’s lawsuit threats, but tells pilots to behave if they’re acting up

In a letter Thursday night to members, Allied Pilots Association president Keith Wilson defended the union and the pilots and criticized American Airlines’ threat to seek a temporary restraining order. However, he did tell pilots that if they were doing anything to disrupt American’s operations, they should knock it off. That was what American’s senior […]

Transport Workers Union president calls for stop to “unacceptable and reckless” behavior by some in its ranks at American Airlines

James C. Little, international president of the Transport Workers Union, last night issued a letter to its members at American Airlines Inc., calling for certain “unacceptable and reckless conduct” to stop. “Within minutes” of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane’s denial Wednesday of American’s request to abrogate the collective bargaining agreement of its pilots, Little said […]

Interim American pilots’ union president addresses members in first letter

Keith Wilson, the newly named interim president of the Allied Pilots Association at American Airlines Inc. this weekend sent out a letter to members stressing that the union’s strategy remains focused on pursuing a merger with another airline so American can “compete on an equal footing with [the larger] Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.” […]

APA president: Union to use ‘all legal means’ to defend contract

In a message to pilots Thursday afternoon, Allied Pilots Association president Dave Bates said American Airlines will have a fight on its hands if it tries to reject its contract with the pilots’ union. Said Bates in the message: “Throughout the ongoing restructuring negotiations, APA has focused on making reasonable, industry-standard proposals, with the overriding […]

APFA president to members: American Airlines proposal is ‘repulsive’

Association of Professional Flight Attendants president Laura Glading made this video for members. In the video, Glading challenged the company’s statement that its proposal would cut labor costs $1.25 billion. Glading said the APFA’s consultants concluded that the company’s “term sheet” would actually save $2.8 billion at the employees’ expense. “Please understand, these numbers are […]

ALPA president: Pilot fatigue rule should have included cargo operations

Air Line Pilots Association president Lee Moak had this to say about the new pilot duty and rest rules: “Today’s pilot fatigue rule release marks historic progress in what must be an unrelenting commitment to ensuring the highest safety standards throughout the airline industry. The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), is gratified that the […]

APA president: Cargo airlines should be included, too

Allied Pilots Association president Dave Bates issued this statement Wednesday, with the addition that the union is continuing to study the new Federal Aviation Administration rule on pilot rest and duty time: “At first glance, it appears that some of the new flight- and duty-time rules represent a step forward in fatigue mitigation for commercial […]

Rubin replaces Leibman as AAdvantage president

In what may be of interest to 67 million travelers, 12-year American Airlines veteran Suzanne Rubin is replacing Maya Leibman as president of American’s AAdvantage frequent-flier program. We say 67 million because that’s how many AAdvantage members American counted in American’s 2010 annual report. Leibman was just named chief information officer and senior vice president […]

APA president: ‘Staffing relief’ should come in a new contract, not outside it

Allied Pilots Association president Dave Bates told members Saturday that he thinks that if American Airlines needs help in coping with an unusually high number of retirements, the carrier should seek a solution with a new contract. At the end of August, 111 pilots retired, followed by another 129 pilots who retired at the end […]

Emirates president Tim Clark talks about his airline and the decision to come to D/FW Airport

We had an opportunity to talk to Emirates Airline president Tim Clark on Wednesday about Emirates’ announcement that it’ll launch a daily flight between his home base of Dubai to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in February. We talked about why Emirates picked Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, where he thinks North Texas travelers will want to go […]