January 24, 2007
Captain Lee Moak Submits Testimony to Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Captain Lee Moak, chairman of the Delta Air Line pilots Master Executive Council, Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, submitted into the record, written testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation about the potential impact of the proposed US Airways/Delta hostile merger. Moak addressed a few of the many concerns regarding the proposal he characterizes as a “perfect storm.”
In his testimony, Moak states, “We support a free market solution that includes rational industry consolidation; consolidation that does not lead to reduced service, increased fares and other problems for the industry’s constituents.
In the future, sensible airline consolidation opportunities may occur. If faced with such an opportunity, the pilots of Delta Air Lines are interested in participating in the “right” consolidation effort, a consensual merger with a rational mix of routes, employees and resources, and with the absence of major antitrust and other detrimental issues. The “right” merger opportunity could draw our support and result in a successful merger that benefits everyone involved—the traveling public, the corporations, the employees, and the communities we serve.
The hostile attempt by US Airways to takeover Delta Air Lines is not that merger.”
The Delta pilots continue to support Delta’s goal to exit bankruptcy as a standalone competitor. The restructuring process has provided Delta with the opportunity to emerge soon as a healthy company that can provide substantial benefit to the traveling public, communities and its employees. The hostile attempt by CEO Parker remains a threat to the airline industry and the employees of all three airlines involved. The Delta pilots will continue to pursue the defeat of this attempt.
A copy of the full, submitted testimony is available at www.deltapilots.org, click press room access.
Founded in 1931, ALPA represents 60,000 pilots at 40 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. ALPA represents approximately 6,000 active DAL pilots and 500 furloughed DAL pilots. Visit the ALPA website at http://www.alpa.org and the Delta pilots’ website at www.deltapilots.org.
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SOURCE: Air Line Pilots Association,
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