Posted on: 12 November 2010 by Ross McSweeny
US Airways Express pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have formed an alliance to promote and maintain the highest level of safety in the US Airways Express brand, as well as improving pilot contract standards, and protecting pilot jobs at “Express-level” airlines.
The US Airways Express Pilots Alliance includes ALPA pilots from Air Wisconsin, Colgan Air, Mesa Air Group, Piedmont Airlines, PSA Airlines, and Trans States Airlines.
“ALPA pilots are not competitors, and we will not be whipsawed against one another by undercutting our peers,” explained ALPA president Captain John Prater. “By working across company lines, the US Airways Express pilots have demonstrated the courage and leadership necessary to maintain and enhance the safety, work rules and jobs within the US Airways family. Their work will also go beyond that brand and have a tremendous impact on our profession, our industry, and the customers that we serve.”
Pilot leaders of the Alliance have been coordinating over recent months to standardise the Express carriers’ goals for the US Airways system. Specifically, they are working to coordinate operational programmes amongst the ALPA Express carriers in order to provide the highest level of safety, training and professionalism.
Pilots in the Republic Airways Holdings subsidiary airlines which operate for US Airways Express are not included among the founding members of the Alliance.