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August 31, 2012

American responds to pilots: Court has already addressed Section 1113, only two items need revision

In response to a filing made by the Allied Pilots Association on Thursday, American Airlines reiterated its position that the bankruptcy court should only consider two items at a hearing on the pilots contract scheduled for Tuesday.

"We disagree with APA’s effort to reopen the Section 1113 process for another lengthy trial and have filed a response to the union’s Court filings asking the Court to not allow that. We are moving forward with the process clearly delineated in Judge Lane’s decision, in which he invited the company to revise two specific elements on pilot furlough protection and codesharing before renewing our 1113 motion," said American spokesman Bruce Hicks.

The company said it has withdrawn its proposal to change pilot furlough protections and has proposed less code-sharing with other domestic carriers.

"Now that we have addressed the two narrowly defined issues identified by the Court, American believes there are no other issues for the Court to consider and APA’s attempt to introduce evidence and arguments pertaining to already settled issues should be rejected by the Court," Hicks said.

-Andrea Ahles

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