ICAO: Examine Safety Implications of Norwegian Air Business Model
Today, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) endorsed a
letter sent by the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’
Associations (IFALPA) to the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) urging the formation of an ICAO study group
to review safety implications of an airline business model that
conducts all flight operations outside the borders of the
responsible for safety oversight. ALPA shares the concerns
raised by IFALPA, a global organization that represents more
than 100,000 commercial airline pilots in 100 countries.
In the letter, IFALPA highlights the concern that ICAO Annex
6, the international safety regulation that lays out guidelines
for the safe operation of aircraft, does not address situations
in which an airline issued an air operator certificate (AOC)
does not operate to or from the state issuing the AOC. In the
case of Norwegian Air International (NAI), the state, Ireland,
issued NAI an AOC, but the airline does not fly to or from
Read more about ICAO.
U.S. Airline Workers Need Fair Skies
ALPA Supports “Open Skies” Policy When Airlines Compete on Commercial Merit
airlines and their
workers need the U.S.
government to make
policies such as Open
Skies agreements ensure
fair competition in an
economic arena in which
foreign airlines may
benefit from powerful
state support or attempt
to violate the intent of
international policy to
gain an unfair
over U.S. businesses. On
April 10, ALPA
capitalized on the
opportunity presented by
Chairman and CEO Fred
Smith’s address before
Aviation Club of
Washington, D.C. to
advance our union’s
position that U.S.
airline workers need
fair skies, not just
Open Skies. ALPA issued
the following news
“It’s clear that U.S.
airline industry workers
have benefited from the
expanded access to new
markets made possible by
U.S. Open Skies
agreements,” said ALPA
president Capt. Lee Moak.
“While ALPA strongly
supports the goal of
expanding U.S. airlines’
entry into new markets,
aviation policy must
evolve with the change
that’s taking place in
the global economy.”
Read more about Fair
Italian Court Rules Against Emirates’ MXP—JFK Route
issued the following statement regarding a decision by an
Italian administrative court in Rome, TAR Lazio, finding the
Italian Civil Aviation Authority improperly granted
permission to Emirates Airline, in violation of the Italy-UAE
air transport agreement, to operate its non-stop route
between Milan and New York.
“We applaud TAR Lazio for
determining that Emirates Airlines’ nonstop between Milan
and New York was not properly authorized by Italy’s CAA.
Emirates’ service offers no additional benefits to
travelers, is improper, and the attempt by Emirates to
oversaturate a route that is already well-served by U.S. and
Italian carriers is a clear step in the long-term strategy
by a heavily supported, state-owned foreign airline to
undercut U.S. airlines and hurt U.S. jobs.
“Just as the decision by the
Roman administrative court helps to preserve, for now, a
fair and level playing field for Italian carriers,
ALPA calls on the U.S. government to make aviation
policy decisions that advance the U.S. airline industry—not
ALPA National Appoints New IT Director
announced that Richard Harrell has been appointed as Information
Technology Department director. Effective April 11, Rick will
lead ALPA’s Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, network
and operations, and applications and development teams to
support ALPA members and advance their pilot-partisan agenda
through technology and innovation.
Harrell’s 16-plus years of ALPA experience and proven track
record, coupled with his outside experience, make him uniquely
qualified to vigorously lead ALPA’s IT initiatives,
strategically align our IT operations with ALPA’s objectives and
priorities, and focus on our IT vision going forward.
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak said of Harrell: “Rick is
precisely the leader we need to realign our IT resources and
position ALPA to provide real-time, cutting edge value to our
Moak Talks with PCL MEC
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak participated in a frank discussion
with the Endeavor Air MEC today in Herndon, VA. The dialogue was
part of a week-long meeting. Topics from today’s conversation
ranged from the state of the industry, management relationship
building to the challenges with the Streamlined Selection
Process (SSP) negotiated during the company’s bankruptcy as
FDX MEC Hosts Unity Event
the FedEx Express pilots continue Section 6 negotiations with
management, unity among the crew force has never been more
significant. On Tuesday, the FDX MEC’s Strategic Preparedness
and Strike Committee (SPSC) hosted a Pilot Unity Building (PUB)
event in Memphis at Buffalo Wild Wings. “We continue to host
these types of events in coordination with our MEC meeting
week,” explained SPSC chairman F/O Mark Durant. “Aligning this
event with the MEC meeting allows for all of the MEC leadership
and committee chairmen to be in one location to answer members’
The solidarity continued on Wednesday at the FDX ALPA quarterly
Memphis Joint Council Meeting where attendees heard from the MEC
leadership and Negotiating Committee. “Our pilots are ready to
see negotiations come to a conclusion,” said MEC chairman Capt.
Scott Stratton. “The turnout at events such as these makes it
clear that our members are engaged and unified in their support
of our Negotiating Committee. We have consistently stated that
we want a contract that is focused on the goals set forth by our
members, realistic based on the long-term profitability of the
corporation, and fair based on our members’ contributions to
that profitability. The time for that contract is now.”
EGL Pilots—Make Your Opinion Count!
One of the most important steps in developing a common MEC
strategy is determining what pilots want. A survey for the
American Eagle pilots is now live and operational on
alpa.org. All Eagle pilots are
encouraged to take the survey, which is the first step to
determine the MEC’s goals and priorities and refine its future
direction. Eagle pilots—make your opinions known; take the
Read more about Eagle survey.
XJT, CMT, and TSC LEC Officer Election Results
From today’s ALPA Election and Ballot Certification Board
meeting, the following elections were announced. Capt. Bill
Dressler and F/O Craig Johnson were elected XJT Council 180
chairman and vice chairman, respectively. F/O Jeff Ciarcia was
elected the CMT Council 152 vice chairman and first officer rep.
And for TSC Council 225, Capt. Henry Kamphuis was elected
captain rep, F/O David Hannan was elected first officer rep, and
F/O Martin Gagnon was elected secretary-treasurer.
No More Hidden Taxes
In a push for greater transparency, the U.S. House of
Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is
pursuing legislation that, if approved, would reverse a
contentious Department of Transportation rule that requires
airlines to include taxes in ticket price advertising. Most
goods and services, from groceries to hotel rooms, add taxes
when the products are paid for.
With yesterday’s committee approval, the legislation moves on
to the full House for consideration. Committee Chairman Bill
Shuster (R-Pa.) noted that by requiring airlines to include
taxes in their pricing—essentially hiding the taxes from
potential passengers—airlines operate at a distinct disadvantage
from other businesses. "This effectively masks the
government-imposed taxes and fees on consumers," noted Shuster.
"It is only fair that consumers know what they are paying for."
The current DOT rule demonstrates one more reason why the
U.S. government must consider a pro-aviation policy to promote
U.S.-based airlines, the many benefits their presence creates
for our country, and the wide range of job opportunities they
District Advocacy Trainings Next Week!
New District Advocacy web trainings have been scheduled! We are
looking for volunteers who are interested in promoting ALPA’s
legislative agenda and want to serve as pilot-partisan
representatives to their local congressional offices. Volunteers
should be willing to schedule and lead in-district advocacy
visits with their members of Congress.
The webinar lasts approximately one hour and will train
participants to become effective District Advocates. Topics
covered will include the structure of ALPA’s grassroots program,
how to set up and conduct local congressional visits, and a
briefing on current pilot-partisan legislative issues.
District Advocates webinar training dates:
• Tuesday, April 15 @ 1500 EST
• Wednesday, April 16 @ 1200 EST
• Friday, April 18 @ 1000 EST
Interested? Please email
and indicate which of the above sessions you would like to
participate in. Future training dates will be offered this
summer following the
IFALPA Wants Your Feedback
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA),
of which ALPA is a member, is surveying ALPA pilots and staff
(among others) to ensure that the Federation is meeting our
expectations. The survey is available until April 22 at
ALPA works through IFALPA to influence policymaking at the
International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal and to
interact with airline pilot groups in other countries.
Representing 100,000 pilots globally, IFALPA serves as the
“Global Voice of Pilots.”
represents nearly 50,000 pilots at 31 airlines in the
United States and Canada.
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