imageALPA Pilots Meet to Hear About Challenges, Threats to Profession
September 26, 2013 - ALPA pilots assembled in Los Angeles today to personally meet with ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak and Director of Government Affairs Michael Robbins to review collective bargaining and merger efforts, and to discuss what Moak called “the fight of our generation” to protect the aviation industry and pilot jobs in the United States.

The ALPA president systematically laid out the threats posed by foreign ownership, U.S. government support for foreign carriers through the Export-Import Bank of the United States and the Abu Dhabi preclearance facility. U.S. carriers currently compete with foreign airlines, which receive preferential financing from the Export-Import Bank to purchase aircraft. U.S.-based airlines are not able to obtain the same preferential financing, placing them at an operational disadvantage.