Release #08.UAL9
August 11, 2008


United Pilots Call for Tilton to Resign as CEO

CHICAGO, Ill., August 11, 2008—The United Chapter of the Air Line Pilots Association, (ALPA) today called for the resignation of Glenn Tilton as CEO of United Airlines (NasdaqGS: UAUA) and stressed the need for new leadership and direction at the helm of the air carrier. United Airlines now ranks at the bottom of nearly every performance and customer satisfaction category, and its financial performance is steadily deteriorating.

The United Chapter of ALPA has launched a Web site ( that highlights the failures of Glenn Tilton’s management. United’s passengers, investors, media and the general public are invited to visit for detailed information on why Glenn Tilton must go.

“Under Glenn Tilton’s tenure, United has gone from being the finest airline in the world, with the best route structure and safety record, to a shell of its former self,” said Captain Steve Wallach, chairman of the United Master Executive Council. “He has had every opportunity to turn this company around, and tap the abilities of its first-class employees, but instead he has run it into the ground. We believe that with the intense challenges facing our industry, United Airlines will not be able to thrive as long as Glenn Tilton, with his proven record of incompetence, continues as CEO. It is time for Glenn Tilton to go.”

With Glenn Tilton in charge, United Airlines has gone from being the world’s preeminent airline to the bottom of nearly all performance and customer satisfaction categories:

“This is not a personal attack on Glenn Tilton,” said Captain Wallach. “These dismal numbers speak for themselves. They are a reflection of his inability to lead, his incompetence as a manager and his failure in virtually every category that can be measured. We have tried every conceivable way to convince him to invest in, and maximize the goodwill of, his employees. He has failed miserably.

“We continue to believe that United can restore its place among the leaders in the airline industry, and we continue to urge all United pilots to work to bring about that goal,” said Captain Wallach. “But time is running out. United faces tremendous challenges. The first step must be a change in leadership and direction.”

“It is time for Glenn Tilton to go.”

For more information on why Glenn Tilton should resign, go to

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ALPA Contact:
Dave Kelly
847/292-1708 (office)
708/704-5648 (cell)