Allied Pilots Association

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) serves as the certified collective bargaining agent for the 15,000 professional pilots who fly for American Airlines. APA was founded in 1963 and is the largest independent pilots’ union in the world. APA provides a broad range of representation services for its members and devotes more than 20 percent of its dues income to support aviation safety.

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APA in the News

CBS Sunday Morning, July 7


Can Boeing recover the public's trust?

Hours before its deal with the Justice Department was announced, Boeing was the topic of the lead story on this week’s edition of CBS Sunday Morning. APA spokesman Capt. Dennis Tajer told senior transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave that he’s “more ready than I’ve ever been” to fly the company’s planes. Watch the Video ...

 




Forbes, May 29


As disrupter Vasu Raja departs American, CEO Robert Isom expands his role

“American’s trailing results are more than just a failed strategy to sell corporate tickets,” APA spokesman Capt. Dennis Tajer told Forbes. “United and Delta have better long-haul international strategies.” Read the article ...

 


Reuters, May 21


After Singapore Airlines turbulence accident, flight crews urge buckling up

Pilots and flight attendants are urging the public to buckle up after severe turbulence encountered by a Singapore Airlines flight resulted in one death and dozens of injuries. “The seatbelt sign means something,” APA spokesman Capt. Dennis Tajer told Reuters, “and if you leave it on all the time, it means nothing.” Read the article ...

 

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APA Public Statements

“A Course Change is Past Due”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Capt. Dennis Tajer, 847-902-8481/Gregg Overman, 817-312-3901 Allied Pilots Association: “A Course Change is Past Due” FORT WORTH, Texas (July 1, 2024) — In a June 30 negotiations update, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) indicated that talks were continuing between the union and American Airlines management at the offices of the National Mediation Board (NMB) in Washington, D.C. The APFA represents the 27,000 flight attendants of American Airlines. “On behalf of the 16,000 American Airlines pilots the Allied Pilots Association represents, I want our fellow union members at the APFA to know that APA wholeheartedly supports their efforts to secure a fair contract,” said APA President CA Ed Sicher. “We know from firsthand experience in our own protracted Section 6 negotiations that management intransigence is the culprit for the predicament American Airlines now finds itself in during the peak summer travel period. “We urge management to consider carefully how they choose to respond. Unfortunately, we are not especially optimistic they will choose the correct course. Management’s handling — or more precisely, mishandling — of negotiations with the APFA is yet another example of what we view as a concerning trend at American Airlines,” CA Sicher said. “From management’s myopic focus on short-haul domestic travel at the expense of lucrative long-haul international travel, to alienating key corporate clients, to turmoil in the senior management ranks, it is clear to us that a course change is past due. “If the NMB declares a 30-day cooling-off period and starts the clock on a potential flight attendant strike, it would have an adverse impact on the airline’s bottom line as passengers take their business elsewhere to avoid the risk of disruption in their travel plans — and a strike would be tremendously costly,” he said. “A negotiated solution is always the preferred outcome in Section 6, and we urge management to rethink its approach to bargaining with the APFA before it’s too late.” Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — has its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.

Aer Lingus Pilots: You Have Our Steadfast Support

Open Letter to the Pilots of Aer Lingus from the Allied Pilots Association: You Have Our Steadfast Support On behalf of the 16,000 American Airlines pilots the Allied Pilots Association (APA) represents, I am proud to pledge our steadfast support for the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association’s efforts to conclude CLA negotiations with Aer Lingus management. APA has a longstanding history of standing shoulder to shoulder with our Irish brother and sister pilots. Like professional pilots across the globe, you sacrificed to help your airline navigate the challenges of the global pandemic. With the surge in air travel demand, you have watched as the airline’s profits have increased dramatically. Now, in response to the union’s calls to normalize pilot salaries to account for the increased cost of living, Aer Lingus management has instead chosen to employ whipsaw tactics and threaten legal proceedings. Management’s use of traditional strong-arm tactics such as pressuring pilots to fly when they have declared themselves not fit to do so poses a safety threat. APA has a great deal of experience in dealing with a management team that refuses to recognize the value its pilot group provides. We stand ready to share our knowledge and experience with you and provide whatever assistance we can to support your efforts to successfully conclude your negotiations. It is in the best interests of all professional pilots, and the passengers we carry, to work cooperatively to elevate our profession and enhance the margin of safety whenever possible. We are here for you. In Unity, Captain Ed Sicher President, Allied Pilots Association

Resumption of Service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) on May 30

Resumption of Service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) on May 30 APA Pilots, I chose to fly the first flight (AA819) back to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) today after a long hiatus due to civil unrest. My objectives were to observe firsthand what our crews can expect to encounter, verify that the security protocols and precautions in place are sufficient, and gauge whether it is reasonably safe. I would never condone flying to a location unless I’m personally comfortable doing so. PAP reopened to commercial air traffic on May 17, with Haitian national carrier Sunrise Airways operating since May 20 without incident. U.S. authorities have also operated more than 50 charter and cargo flights into and out of PAP during the past three weeks, also without incident. Still, I didn’t consider those facts alone to be adequate assurance that a U.S. flag-carrying airline can operate safely there. American Airlines Corporate Security – in concert with the U.S. State Department and the U.S. military – has enacted a series of security measures in preparation for the resumption of service. Crews flying to Haiti will likely notice a heightened security presence at the airport, including new guard towers along the northern perimeter wall, the presence of the U.S. military on the eastern side of the field (which continues operating several C-17 flights daily in and out of PAP), and the destruction of many squatter houses along the northern perimeter where gangs had taken up residence. U.S. security forces are aiding the Haitian National Police to secure the perimeter and ensure the roads between Port-au-Prince and the airport are safe. Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince has a Regional Security Office located near the airport and has expedited the deployment of the United Nations-authorized Multinational Security Support mission, which is located on the east side of the airfield. Many of the personnel are former U.S. Special Operations Forces members. I personally worked with some of these same individuals when I served in the military and participated in counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean and consider them much more trustworthy than the Haitian National Police. I have emphasized that we must collectively do everything in our power to avoid stranding crews in Haiti. American Airlines has established contingency plans addressing maintenance issues, OAL transport, rescue flights, and as a last resort, secure transportation in armored vehicles to secure lodging where the U.S. military and UN forces stay. American Airlines Corporate Security has involved APA in the decision to resume PAP service and has taken what I consider to be responsible precautions to safeguard our crews. However, please remember that the situation in Haiti remains volatile and can change rapidly. I cannot overstate the need for constant vigilance. For those of you who will be operating MIA-PAP-MIA in the coming days and weeks – and I plan to return there soon – stay focused and alert. If it doesn’t appear safe, it probably isn’t! APA will continue to monitor the situation daily and inform you if conditions deteriorate. Your union always places your safety first . As your APA National Officers and Board of Directors have demonstrated many times in the past, when we deem a destination to be unsuitable for safe and secure operations, we won’t hesitate to recommend halting operations. We have demonstrated this in locations such as China, Venezuela, and most recently Israel, when we directed our pilots to decline the assignment due to my concerns with regional security. Please continue to fly safe and thank you for your continued professionalism and feedback. In Unity, CA Ed Sicher President Allied Pilots Association

APA Praises Congress for Approving FAA Reauthorization Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Capt. Dennis Tajer, 847-902-8481/Gregg Overman, 817-302-2250 Allied Pilots Association Praises Congress for Approving the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 FORT WORTH, Texas (May 15, 2024) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, praised Congress for approving the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024. “This legislation will help ensure our nation’s airlines can continue meeting unprecedented travel demand while upholding the highest standards of safety,” said APA President Capt. Ed Sicher. “The U.S. airline industry isn’t just the world’s largest — it’s also the world’s safest — and we look forward to building on our proud legacy as the global leader in aviation safety. “On behalf of the 16,000 American Airlines pilots the Allied Pilots Association represents, I want to express our gratitude to House and Senate leadership for their skillful handling of this landmark legislation,” Capt. Sicher said. “The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2024 includes provisions to augment staffing in our industry, strengthen pilot training requirements, and ensure fair treatment of pilot mental health issues to encourage self-disclosure, to cite just a few of its many beneficial aspects. “We respectfully request that President Biden promptly sign the legislation into law and look forward to seeing its many long-awaited enhancements to our National Airspace System become a reality.” Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — has its headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 16,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.

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