Release #10.041
October 13, 2010

Moak Elected to Head World’s Largest Pilots Union
Pledges to Build on Unity as ALPA Enters its Ninth Decade

FT. LAUDERDALE – The Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), has elected Capt. Lee Moak, a Delta Air Lines captain, to serve as the union’s 9th president.

“Our union has faced many challenges throughout its long history,” said Capt. Moak. “Our successes have been most evident when we have worked together for the common good. I look forward to working with the many talented ALPA pilots and union staff as we proactively engage with each and every party that has the potential to influence the careers and professional lives of the pilots we represent.”

Capt. Moak, who joined ALPA in 1988, currently flies as a B-767 300 ER captain. A 22-year veteran of Delta Air Lines, he is currently serving his third term as the chairman of the Delta Master Executive Council (MEC), which represents the more than 12,000 pilots of Delta Air Lines.

Capt. Moak began his first term as Delta Master Executive Chairman on October 1, 2005, two weeks after Delta Air Lines filed for bankruptcy protection. In the years that followed, he successfully navigated through Delta’s bankruptcy, which included an attempt to reject the pilots’ collective bargaining agreement; US Airways’ attempted hostile takeover of Delta Air Lines; and the merger of Delta Air Lines with Northwest Airlines, a merger that, for the first time in aviation history, included pilot engagement from the earliest stages of the process.

Prior to becoming an airline pilot, Capt. Moak served nine-years as a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot. After joining Delta Air Lines, Capt. Moak transitioned to the Naval Air Reserve Force to finish his military career as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot.

The election was a four-way race between Capt. Moak and three other candidates. His term will begin on January 1, 2011.

As ALPA’s chief executive and administrative officer, Capt. Moak will oversee the daily operations of the Association and preside over the meetings of ALPA’s governing bodies, which set policy for the organization. He will also serve as chief spokesman for the union, advancing pilots’ views before the U.S. Congress, the Canadian Parliament, government agencies, and the news media.

The entire slate of ALPA National Officer electees will be announced at the conclusion of the elections.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing nearly 53,000 pilots at 38 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at


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