United Pilots: ‘Inadvertent’ Reinstatement of 9/11 Flight Numbers ‘Reprehensible’
Chicago, Ill., May 18, 2011 -- United Airline’s “inadvertent” reinstatement of Flight Numbers 93 and 175 – flight numbers that have become synonymous with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 -- demonstrates an absolute and blatant disrespect of the pilots, crew and passengers who lost their lives on that date, according to the pilots of United Airlines.
“The thought of anyone among management at United Airlines to even consider reinstating these two sacred flight numbers – on the heels of Osama bin Laden’s death -- demonstrates a severe disconnect from right and wrong,” said United MEC Chairman Captain Wendy Morse. “Their insensitivity and unconscionable disrespect of these sacred flight numbers and their meaning to the employees of United Airlines and the families of those who lost their lives nearly 10 years ago are not only alarming, but reprehensible.
“How could these flight numbers have been ‘inadvertently reinstated’ as the company indicates? The pilots of United Airlines expect accountability of how these flight numbers were considered in the first place.”
The United pilots say that this indication of the culture of this airline must cause management to take a hard, close look at itself to determine how missteps such as this occur. From the vantage point of the pilots, this “inadvertent reinstatement” of these two flight numbers is inexcusable and an apparent symptom of a much larger problem. The pilots say it is clear United management has serious internal issues to address if they are to make their merger with Continental work, and return United to its desired place as the world’s leading airline.
United Master Executive Council