Delta Connection Pilots Compare Notes
Members of the Delta Connection
Pilots Alliance (DCPA), along with their full MECs, met this week in Orlando.
Modeled in part on the SkyTeam Pilots Alliance, the DCPA is the first alliance
of its kind among Delta-affiliated carriers represented by ALPA. DCPA builds
upon a relationship of mutual trust, collaboration, and cooperation among
carriers under the Delta brand to improve safety, security, and training
standards at alliance airlines.
“Improving these elements and bringing them to a common standard is a crucial
goal that will enhance our long-term career prospects and strengthen the Delta
brand,” said DCPA chairman Capt. Dave Nieuwenhuis (ASA). “The alliance provides
us with a collaborative environment to cultivate industry best practices at each
airline so that we are in a position to share in the success of the Delta
DCPA currently consists of MECs representing the pilots from four ALPA Delta
Connection partners: Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Mesaba, and Pinnacle. Compass
representatives also participated, and other ALPA-represented Delta Connection
carriers may eventually become participants as well.
Alliance officers and status representatives from their
member airlines, as well as the Delta MEC, held an informational meeting in
Orlando concurrent with their MEC meetings.
“This alliance meeting with our MECs is a watershed event, not only for our
member pilot groups, but also for the Air Line Pilots Association,” said Capt.
Chris Wiggins, chairman of Pinnacle Council 129. “Bringing together all of our
MEC representatives to discuss our shared objectives represents an outstanding
opportunity to write a positive next chapter in our collective history.”