June 19, 2008
Gemini Pilots Respond to Bankruptcy
75 Crewmembers Furloughed and Terminated
WASHINGTON, DC – The Gemini Air Cargo pilots, as represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), released the following statement regarding Wednesday’s announcement that Gemini filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code.
“We are very surprised by the bankruptcy announcement,” said Capt. Bill Atchison, chairman of the Gemini unit of ALPA, “and we are also very troubled by the additional news that 75 crewmembers were terminated or furloughed. The furloughs were done in direct violation of Section 23 of our current contract, and we will take whatever steps are necessary to protect the rights of those pilots affected.
“However, we remain optimistic that these cost-saving measures are necessary during this financially turbulent time to re-position the company as an attractive opportunity for prospective investors.
“Gemini filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2006, and emerged five months later as a stronger airline. I am confident we will see the same results during this restructuring and Gemini will emerge with prospects for a healthier future by the end of summer.
“We are scheduled to open Section 6 contract negotiations in March 2009, and we will move forward with the development of a strategic plan to support those negotiations. We want and need to be prepared for the future growth of this airline, any increase in the types of services we provide, and the possible expansion of the current and additional aircraft type we fly.”
ALPA represents 225 crewmembers at Gemini Air Cargo, which is one of the largest Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance (ACMI) operators worldwide and flies MD-11F and DC-10-30F aircraft.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilots union representing 55,000 pilots at 40 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Visit the ALPA Web site at www.alpa.org for more information.
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|For more information contact:||Bill Atchison at 757-292-7656;|
|Kimberly Seitz at 703-481-4463|