Release #11.ATN2
November 7, 2011


AirTran Pilots Ratify Seniority Integration Agreement

ATLANTA – The pilots of AirTran Airways, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA), with 94 percent of the pilot group voting and 83.58 percent in favor of ratification, have approved a seniority integration agreement with Southwest Airlines and the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association.

The agreement provides for an integrated pilot seniority list, as well as conditions governing the transition of AirTran pilots to Southwest Airlines.

“This agreement cements the bond between our pilot groups, and helps clear the path to the complete integration of the two airlines,” said Linden Hillman, chairman of ALPA’s AirTran Master Executive Council.
The first AirTran pilots will transition to Southwest Airlines in early 2012, with the last expected before the end of 2014.

Founded in 1931, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 53,000 pilots at 37 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at


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