FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 19, 2005
Statement by US Airways ALPA Regarding US Airways-America West Merger Announcement
PITTSBURGH -- US Airways MEC Chairman Captain Bill Pollock of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) today released the following statement:
"US Airways Group, Inc. and America West Holdings Corporation have announced their intention to enter into a merger that would create both the nation's sixth-largest airline and the largest low-cost carrier network.
"The US Airways Master Executive Council (MEC), the pilots' governing body, will be analyzing the terms of this proposed transaction at the earliest opportunity.
"US Airways management believes that this proposed merger will enable US Airways to emerge from bankruptcy and then create a partnership that will be viable and competitive. I want management, our investors, and our flying public to know that the US Airways pilots are largely responsible for the progress that US Airways has made in its restructuring. US Airways enjoys this opportunity today because of the tremendous sacrifices made by our pilots. Our MEC and our pilots have been called upon again and again to make the most difficult decisions in this volatile and still-transforming industry. Our pilots have provided the Company with $7 billion in cost savings through four restructurings-an investment far greater than any other group. We expect that our sacrifices will be respected as we welcome the opportunity to become a partner in the creation of this country's premier low-cost airline.
"We also look forward to working with the pilots of America West as we begin the process of combining pilot groups through the seniority integration procedures outlined in our ALPA Administrative Manual."
ALPA is the world's oldest and largest pilot union, representing 64,000 pilots at 41 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALPA Web site at http://www.alpa.org and the US Airways pilots Web site at www.usairwayspilots.org.
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CONTACT: Jack Stephan
Air Line Pilots Assoc., Intl.
US Airways Pilots Master Executive Council
(410) 703-9259; (412) 264-5600