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Allied Pilots Association: “Deeply Grateful for the Support” and “Bipartisan Efforts”
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 14, 2020) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, expressed its gratitude to the U.S. Treasury Department for approving $5.8 billion in financial assistance for American Airlines from the Payroll Support Program (PSP) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
APA President Capt. Eric Ferguson released the following statement in response to the U.S. Treasury Department’s announcement confirming the aid:
“We are deeply grateful for the support of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and for the bipartisan efforts of the White House and Congress. Today was an important step toward ensuring that our industry and nation remain strong during this battle. This investment will provide some near-term certainty for airline workers so we can maintain our focus on serving our passengers and transporting critical cargo.
“The employees of American Airlines have been on the front lines for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. We remain unified in our commitment to supporting our airline’s and our nation’s forthcoming recovery.”
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.