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Allied Pilots Association Applauds House for Stance on Flags-of-Convenience Schemes

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 29, 2021) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, issued a statement in support of the U.S. House of Representatives’ adoption of the language of H.R. 3095, the Fair and Open Skies Act, as an amendment to the House Appropriations Bill.

The Fair and Open Skies Act would prevent the Transportation Department from issuing a permit to a foreign airline if it would conflict with labor standards in the U.S.-EU-Iceland-Norway open skies agreement.

The full text of APA’s statement:

“We applaud House members for including this important language in the House Appropriations Bill,” said Allied Pilots Association President Capt. Eric Ferguson. “Flags-of-convenience schemes have no place in U.S. commercial aviation, and preventing them from gaining a foothold has long been one of APA’s top priorities. Flags of convenience undermine safety and threaten the livelihoods of our nation’s hard-working, middle-class airline workers.

“We encourage the Senate to retain the language of H.R. 3095 in its appropriations bill to expedite passage of this important legislation,” he said. “As always, aviation safety must be our foremost priority.”

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 15,000 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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