Release #08.DAL4
June 24, 2008

Delta and Northwest Pilot Negotiators Reach a Tentative Agreement with Delta Management
Goal of a Joint Pilot Contract by Merger Closure

ATLANTA Ė The pilotsí union negotiating committees of the Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines pilots, both represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Intíl (ALPA), have reached a tentative agreement (TA) with Delta management on a joint pilot contract, the first important step in the process of combining two pilot groups with long, proud histories, into the largest unified pilot group in the world. Negotiating sessions began on Monday, June 16, 2008 and continued almost around the clock until an agreement was reached on Monday, June 23, 2008.

The tentative agreement will be presented to each pilot groupís respective governing body, the Delta Master Executive Council and the Northwest Master Executive Council, this week. Details of the TA will not be released as it must first be considered for ratification by each MEC before it can be presented to each respective pilot group for a separate vote. The process of review and ratification will occur as a separate and independent internal process within each pilot group.

Founded in 1931, ALPA represents 55,000 pilots at 40 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. ALPA represents approximately 7,000 active DAL pilots. Visit the ALPA website at and the Delta pilotsí website at

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SOURCE: Air Line Pilots Association
CONTACT: ALPA, Kelly Regus, 404-763-4925 office