A subsidiary of Norway-based Norwegian Air Shuttle, Norwegian Air International (NAI) has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit. DOT must reject NAI’s scheme.


No Thanks to Walmarting the Airline Industry
ALPA’s Answer to NAI’s DOT Application
Joint Reply by Delta, United, American, & US Airways to NAI’s DOT Application
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The United States’ airline industry and its employees operate in a hyper-competitive international marketplace. The U.S. airline industry has lost $48.1 billion since 2000. In the last 12 years, there have been only 5 profitable years for the industry. This is an industry that has been unable to meet its cost of capital and is known for not generating healthy margins, even in the best of times. It is very clear that the airline industry continues to face significant challenges. Competition from foreign airlines, which are often state-owned or heavily state-sponsored and vertically integrated and operate from countries with low or nonexistent tax and regulatory burdens, is growing rapidly and impeding international growth for U.S. airlines. In addition, with virtually unlimited access to the U.S. market through the more than 100 Open Skies agreements the United States has signed with other nations, foreign airlines are stealing market share from U.S. airlines and threatening domestic carriers in our own backyard. As a result, U.S. airlines and their employees find themselves in survival mode, adapting to a global marketplace that for them is an unlevel playing field.

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Legislative Issues

Secondary Barriers: In 2001, Congress mandated the installation of reinforced cockpit doors on most commercial aircraft as the first step toward preventing another 9/11-style breach of the cockpit. To provide better security, secondary barriers were developed to block access to the cockpit whenever the cockpit door is open during flight. Voluntary airline industry movement toward adopting secondary barriers began in 2003, but commitment to deploying these devices has since waned. H.R. 1775, the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013 simply fulfills Congress’s intent from more than a decade ago to make cockpits more secure.

        Saracini Aviation Safety Act (H.R. 1775) Fact Sheet | Saracini Aviation Safety Act (S. 1495) Fact Sheet | Secondary Barriers White Paper

Pilot Fatigue:
ALPA strongly supports the Safe Skies Act (H.R. 182) for the simple reason that all pilots, regardless of the nature of their operations should be protected by the same rules.

        Fact Sheet: All Airline Pilots Are Human When It Comes to Fatigue | Fighting Fatigue website | H.R. 182 Fact Sheet | H.R. 182 Support Letter | S. 1692 Support Letter | FAA Airline Pilot Fatigue Analysis Flawed
 
Federal Flight Deck Officer Program: When dealing with terrorism, the deterrent value of an armed presence within the cockpit cannot be overstated.
 
Abu Dhabi Preclearance: ALPA opposes the Administration’s efforts to work with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to create a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport. A CBP preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi would only benefit foreign carriers that compete with U.S. airlines, putting U.S. airline jobs at risk.

        ALPA Fact Sheet on Proposed CBP Site and Meehan-DeFazio Bill | Capt. Lee Moak’s Op-Ed in Aviation Daily | Coalition Letter to Congress | Coalition Letter to Secretary Napolitano

Taxing Health Care Benefits:
Taxing employer provided health coverage is wrong for ALPA members. Under some bipartisan proposals, as many as 84% of ALPA pilots would endure increased costs by 2018.

        Talking Points: Taxing Employer-Provided Health Care is Wrong for Air Line Pilots & for America’s Working Families

View all ALPA positions on the ALPA Viewpoints website.

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Call to Action:
U.S. Airlines Must Benefit from CBP Preclearance Sites Abroad

Despite widespread opposition, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has opened a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport and is considering expanding its Middle Eastern preclearance operations to Dubai, Doha, and beyond. This is a bad idea. Expansion of preclearance operations in the Persian Gulf will cost U.S. jobs. Congress must demand that DHS level the playing field and create new restrictions on establishing future facilities to ensure that more U.S. handouts to our foreign competitors will not occur. Your federal Representatives needs to hear from you now. Click below to write Congress today.

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Call to Action:
Support the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013


In 2001, Congress mandated the installation of reinforced cockpit doors on most commercial aircraft as the first step toward preventing another 9/11-style breach of the cockpit. Airlines are required to use procedures to protect the cockpit when the reinforced door is opened during flight for pilots’ meals, restroom use, and other reasons. To provide better security, secondary barriers were developed to block access to the cockpit whenever the cockpit door is open during flight. Voluntary airline industry movement toward adopting secondary barriers began in 2003, but commitment to deploying these devices has since waned. H.R. 1775/S. 1495, the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013 simply fulfills Congress’s intent from more than a decade ago to make cockpits more secure. Tell you representatives to cosponsor this bill today!

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Call to Action:
The Safe Skies Act of 2013

The Safe Skies Act has been reintroduced! Like its predecessor in the 112th Congress, the Safe Skies Act of 2013 will correct the oversight made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in its final regulations (FAR 117) to address pilot fatigue for passenger airlines only. The rules excluded cargo airline operations from mandatory compliance. For decades, ALPA has advocated for “One Level of Safety” for the simple reason that all pilots and airline operations should be treated equally regardless of payload or flight mission. Contact your representative today to urge them to support the Safe Skies Act and achieve One Level of Safety.

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