August 4, 2010
ExpressJet pilots reviewing proposed sale, merger of airline
HOUSTON, TEXAS—Capt. Chris Cashmareck, chairman of the ExpressJet pilots’ unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, reacted today to the formal announcement of the intended sale of ExpressJet Airlines to SkyWest Holdings, Inc., with a subsequent merger of the airline with Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
Said Capt. Cashmareck, “Every transaction presents opportunities and risks. We need to review and evaluate the plan for the combined airline before we can commit to taking a position to support or oppose the sale/merger. What I can state unequivocally is that, just as airline mergers over the past few years have shown us, it will take pilot involvement and support to realize any true measure of success for this or any transaction.”
The pilots union for ExpressJet pilots sent a letter to ExpressJet Holdings management stating the fundamental requirements for support of a sale/merger. Among them are the following:
ALPA represents nearly 53,000 pilots at 38 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the more than 2,700 pilots at ExpressJet Airlines.
Amy Flanagan, Air Line Pilots Association, 281-925-4601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lydia Jakub, Air Line Pilots Association, 480-586-5873 or email@example.com