Release #06.DAL23
May 31, 2006

Delta Pilots Ratify Agreement

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Delta pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), today ratified Side Letter of Agreement #51, the contract ALPA and Delta Air Lines tentatively agreed to in mid-April. Representatives of the Delta Master Executive Council, the union’s governing body, approved the agreement last month and passed it to the pilots for a membership vote, with a recommendation to support the deal. The voting closed this morning with 95% of eligible pilots casting a ballot. Of those, 61% of the Delta pilots voted in-favor of their new contract. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court must now approve the agreement.

Delta MEC Chairman, Captain Lee Moak, stated, “This agreement provides a framework for Delta to successfully reorganize and emerge from bankruptcy ready to win in today’s competitive marketplace. The new contract also provides real returns and job security for the unprecedented recent sacrifices made by the Delta pilots in support of our great company. We look forward to Delta’s successful emergence from bankruptcy and together with all Delta employees, returning our airline to success.”

Founded in 1931, the Air Line Pilots Association ( ALPA) represents 62,000 pilots at 39 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. ALPA represents approximately 6,000 active Delta Air Lines pilots and 500 furloughed Delta pilots. Visit the ALPA website at and the Delta pilots’ website at

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