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100 years ago today, on May 15, 1918, the first U.S. airmail service flight traveled from New York to Washington, D.C., in what became a new way to transport mail aside from steamboats and railroads, and ultimately changed how people and businesses received their mail in the United States. ALPA’s founders and early members had a long history with airmail service, with many of them flying as airmail carriers. In 1931, Capt. Dave Behncke, ALPA’s first president, set out to advocate to protect and enhance the working conditions of line pilots.



Since the early twentieth century, pilots have played an integral role in the transport of air mail. Acknowledging this rich history, two new stamps were officially unveiled today by the United States Postal Service (USPS) that celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of air mail service. During a special ceremony at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, the USPS announced that the first stamp would be released today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of air mail service, and the second would be released later this year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of air mail being recognized as an official service of the USPS. 

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This weekend, as thousands of aviation enthusiasts gather at the annual International Women in Aviation conference in Reno, Nev., looking to fulfill their dreams of becoming an airline pilot, ALPA members and staff from across the country will be on hand to serve as the face and the voice of the professional female ALPA pilot. 


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On behalf of more than 58,000 pilots of the Air Line Pilots Association, International, ALPA applauds the Department of Transportation and Secretary Elaine Chao’s commitment to making it easier for our veterans to work in the best industry in the world. Many of ALPA’s members have proudly served our country in uniform, and the union stands ready to assist others in breaking down barriers that may impede them from pursuing carriers in aviation, all while maintaining the highest levels of safety.

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It is both sad and unsurprising that some are using the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico to attack the Jones Act -- a maritime cabotage law that protects good U.S. jobs and ensures the U.S. military has sealift capability in times of war or conflict. Sad because the crisis in Puerto Rico is real and the people there need and deserve help from our government, but more to the point, undermining the Jones Act will not solve the problem.  It is unsurprising because ALPA knows that foreign interests will find just about any excuse to try and weaken U.S. cabotage rules at the expense of U.S. workers and fair competition.    

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