ALPA Supports IFALPA’s Call on ICAO to Examine Safety Implications of Norwegian Air Business Model
April 10, 2014 - Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) endorsed a letter sent by the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association (IFALPA) to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) urging the formation of an ICAO study group to review safety implications of an airline business model that conducts all flight operations outside the borders of the state responsible for safety oversight. ALPA shares the concerns raised by IFALPA, a global organization that represents more than 100,000 commercial airline pilots in 100 countries.
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ALPA Concurs with Italian Challenge to Emirates’ Nonstop Milan—New York Route
April 10, 2014 - Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement regarding a decision by Italian regional administrative court TAR Lazio, stating the Italian Civil Aviation Authority improperly granted permission to Emirates Airline to operate its non-stop route between Milan and New York.
“We applaud TAR Lazio for determining that Emirates Airlines’ nonstop route between Milan and New York, that offers no additional benefits to travelers, is improper. The attempt by Emirates Airline to oversaturate a route that is already well-served by U.S. and Italian carriers is a clear step in the long-term strategy by a heavily supported, state-owned foreign airline to undercut U.S. airlines and hurt U.S. jobs.”
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U.S. Airline Workers Need Fair Skies, Not Just Open Skies
ALPA Supports “Open Skies” Policy When Airlines Compete on Commercial Merit
April 10, 2014 - U.S. airlines and their workers need the U.S. government to make certain its international aviation policies such as Open Skies agreements ensure fair competition in an economic arena in which foreign airlines may benefit from powerful state support or attempt to violate the intent of international policy to gain an unfair competitive advantage over U.S. businesses.
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Richard Harrell Appointed ALPA Information Technology Director
April 9, 2014 - Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), the largest pilots union in the world, announced that Richard Harrell has been appointed as Information Technology Director. Effective April 11, 2014, Rick will lead ALPA’s Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, network and operations, and applications and development teams to support ALPA members and advance their pilot partisan agenda through technology and innovation.
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ALPA Calls for End to U.S. Funding of Widebody Aircraft for Foreign Competitors
Encourages House to ensure that Ex-Im Bank’s actions are transparent, not harmful to U.S. industry
April 7, 2014 - Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) urged members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee to ensure that the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Bank) is adhering to the law, per the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012, and for Congress to fully exercise its Bank oversight responsibility ahead of this year’s authorization and Ranking Member Maxine Waters’ listening session tomorrow in Washington, D.C.
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ALPA Calls for Industry-Wide Implementation of Existing Aircraft Location Technologies
Pilots warn that speculation hinders investigation process
April 4, 2014 - Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement, joining the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations, demonstrating their collective position on the events surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

“Technology that exists today can pinpoint the location of aircraft in near real time and, in this day and age, it is unacceptable that the location of the aircraft is unknown. Implementation of technology such as ADS-B and use of satellite surveillance of aircraft during flight operations must become the standard across the industry.”
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imagePilot Health & Medical Certification—Aviation Safety Starts Here
April 1, 2014 - Yesterday, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) brought together aeromedical leadership from the United States and Canada to discuss the current state of pilot health and medical certification issues that have critical implications for commercial aviation. Supporting the conference was the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA).

The symposium, “Pilot Health and Medical Certification—Aviation Safety Starts Here,” was the first ever ALPA-sponsored aviation medical symposium that specifically discussed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada policy issues and potential changes to aeromedical guidelines and criteria used to medically certify pilots. It featured a direct dialog and debate with the new FAA federal air surgeon and Transport Canada’s chief medical officer.
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Known Crewmember Program Reaches Milestone with Launch of 40th Facility
March 31, 2014 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), Airlines for America (A4A), and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) today announced the expansion of the Known Crewmember (KCM) program to include General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). The new facility joins the KCM program as its 40th location. KCM is a risk-based security screening program that enables Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security officers to positively verify the identity and employment status of crewmembers.
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FDX MEC Hosts Unity Event
April 10, 2014 - As the FedEx Express pilots continue Section 6 negotiations with management, unity among the crew force has never been more significant. On Tuesday, the FDX MEC’s Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee (SPSC) hosted a Pilot Unity Building (PUB) event in Memphis at Buffalo Wild Wings. “We continue to host these types of events in coordination with our MEC meeting week,” explained SPSC chairman F/O Mark Durant. “Aligning this event with the MEC meeting allows for all of the MEC leadership and committee chairmen to be in one location to answer members’ questions.”
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American Eagle Pilots Reject Concessionary Contract
March 28, 2014 - American Eagle pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) expressed their collective will and today rejected a concessionary contract proposed by American Airlines Group (AAG). With 92 percent of the eligible pilots casting their ballots, 70 percent voted against ratification of the contract.
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American Eagle Pilot Leaders Reject Negotiated Agreement
February 12, 2014 - The American Eagle Master Executive Council (MEC), represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, voted today to reject a recently negotiated agreement that would have provided contract concessions in return for American Airlines Group (AAG) refleeting American Eagle Airlines with new Embraer 175 regional jets.
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Mesa Air Group Pilots Denounce Local Television Station for Misrepresenting Mesa Pilots in News Story
February 7, 2014 - Today, Mesa Air Group pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), condemned a news story aired by Phoenix-based Fox affiliate KSAZ News 10 on February 6. The sensationalized story cited a number of inaccuracies, including one that asserts that no pilots were laid off during Mesa’s 2010 Chapter 11 bankruptcy and that a Mesa Airlines captain can earn $100,000, while proclaiming that “starting pay is modest.”
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FedEx MEC Highlights First-Quarter Meeting Initiatives
February 4, 2014 - The FDX Master Executive Council (MEC) met last week in Memphis for its first quarterly meeting. While the MEC dealt with a few issues, the current round of collective bargaining was the main focus. The FDX pilots have been in formal Section 6 bargaining since this time last year, after a two-year period of “interim discussions.” The interim discussions were an innovative way for both the pilots and management to work through some portions of the contract so that, once formal bargaining commenced, it would take less time to consummate a formal amended contract. Both the Delta and Alaska pilot groups have successfully used this method of bargaining with their recent contracts.
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JetBlue Airways Pilots Seek Union Representation by the Air Line Pilots Association, International
February 3, 2014 - JetBlue Airways pilots today filed authorization cards with the National Mediation Board (NMB) to hold an election for representation by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA). The NMB will verify the cards and schedule a representation vote to elect ALPA in the next few weeks.
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FDX MEC Hosts Unity Event
January 30, 2014 - As the FedEx Express pilots near the one-year anniversary of entering Section 6 negotiations with management, unity among the crew force has never been more significant. On Tuesday, the FDX MEC’s Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee (SPSC) hosted a Pilot Unity Building (PUB) event in Memphis at Buffalo Wild Wings.
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