Allied Pilots Association president Dave Bates who is attending the Section 1113 hearing, said in a hallway interview that US Airways “plans to submit an alternative reorganization plan” to American – a move he supports because “a stand-alone plan is not viable in the long term.”
Bates said that he was reassured that corporate headquarters would stay in Fort Worth in a new, larger carrier with the American Airlines brand, by US Airways chief executive officer Doug Parker and president J. Scott Kirby.
“I’m trying to keep the best options for the airline, my members and the community,” said Bates.
But American senior vice president Jeff Brundage told reporters Monday evening that “this US Air thing is a creation of US Air and the unions. It’s not real.”
Bates, asked about Brundage’s comment, said, “It’s very real.”
Brundage said American’s effort to come out of bankruptcy through the 1113 process with its employees would make the company viable “and protect as many jobs as possible.”