Release #11.EGL2
September 2, 2011

Pilot Union Members Reelect Officers at American Eagle

EULESS, Tex. – Members of the American Eagle pilots union, a unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), announced that they have reelected Capt. Anthony Gutierrez to serve as chairman of the union’s governing body, the Master Executive Council (MEC).

Also reelected during the union’s regular semiannual meeting were Capt. Dave Ryter as vice chairman and Capt. Gaston Valdovinos as MEC secretary-treasurer. The two-year terms are effective September 8. The reelection of all three officers signals the support the Master Executive Council has for the current direction of their union during this challenging time.

“The American Eagle MEC is committed to making every effort to provide Eagle pilots with a voice in the future of their company,” said Capt. Gutierrez. “The MEC will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of our pilots to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone.”

The American Eagle pilot group is in the final stages of negotiations surrounding the specifics of its divestiture with its parent company, AMR. The MEC has been actively engaged with American Eagle and American Airlines management to establish an agreement that provides American Eagle pilots with job stability, career advancement, and the opportunity to share in the economic success of the airline they helped build over the decades.

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilots union, representing more than 53,000 members at 39 airlines in the United States and Canada, including 3,000 pilots at American Eagle. American Eagle is a wholly owned subsidiary of AMR (NYSE: AMR) and provides feed to American Airlines as well as point-to-point service in North and Central America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit

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Media Contact: Capt. Dave Ryter, (817) 657-8490