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APA: "NO QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER MERGER SHOULD MOVE FORWARD" AFTER MAYORS URGE U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL TO DROP LAWSUIT

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 23, 2013) — The president of the Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 10,000 pilots of American Airlines, says he is pleased that seven mayors from cities that are American Airlines and US Airways hubs have joined to release a letter today to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging him to settle the lawsuit against the AA–US Air merger.

"The fact that these mayors from economically and geographically diverse cities reached a consensus on this issue and took the time to express it publically should leave no question about whether this merger should move forward," APA President Capt. Keith Wilson said. "On behalf of the pilots APA represents, I'd like to thank each one for their support."

In the letter, the mayors cited support from organized labor unions — including APA — as proof that the merger is pro-growth and would foster increased competition. The letter also states APA and other unions "have joined together with the companies to support the new American Airlines. This is unprecedented. Such a constructive approach between employees and management should be applauded by the Administration, not challenged."

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots' union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 10,000 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 www.alliedpilots.org. American Airlines is the nation's largest international passenger carrier and fifth-largest cargo carrier.

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