Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) called (09-Oct-2009) on US lawmakers to ensure US airline workers are treated fairly in alliances between US and foreign airlines. ALPA is concerned that JVs between alliance partners will exclude US carriers, and workers, for particular flight operations, as long as the alliance as a whole captures the business. ALPA specifically highlighted the planned JV between United Airlines and Aer Lingus, which will allow United to begin operating flights between Washington and Madrid using only Aer Lingus equipment and crew. [more]
Air Line Pilots Association: “Congress must make certain that U.S. airlines conduct a reasonable share of the international flying in all international joint ventures. Without such a guarantee, an alliance member airline could use its equipment and employees to conduct flying on the most lucrative international routes, relegating US airlines to serve as regional feeders for a foreign company’s global operations,” Capt John Prater, President. Source: ALPA, 09-Oct-2009.