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February 21, 2013

Parker and top executives met with American and US Airways pilots unions on Thursday

US Airways chief executive Doug Parker met with leaders of both American Airlines and US Airways pilots unions on Thursday.

At the meeting, which occurred at the headquarters for the Allied Pilots Association in Fort Worth, Parker fielded questions from APA board members and representatives from the US Airline Pilots Association.

In a joint statement, the APA and USAPA said Parker, along with US Airways president Scott Kirby and executive vice president Elise Eberwein delivered brief remarks to the boards.

"The pilot representatives emphasized the need for a new culture that effectively engages employees and recognizes our pilots' leadership role in the operation of the airline," the statement said. "The executives acknowledged the need to create a new corporate culture and to build trust and credibility between the airline's management and front-line employees."

Keep reading for the full statement from APA and USAPA.

-Andrea Ahles

Joint statement

Today the Allied Pilots Association National Officers and Board of Directors and the US Airline Pilots Association National Officers and Board of Pilot Representatives met at APA headquarters in Fort Worth, TX to affirm our mutual support of the merger between American Airlines and US Airways. The APA and USAPA leadership likewise agreed to work cooperatively to represent the best interests of all of our pilots.
Also today, the USAPA and APA boards met with US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, President Scott Kirby and Executive Vice President, People, Communications and Public Affairs Elise Eberwein. The executives each delivered brief remarks to the pilot union boards and fielded questions from APA and USAPA representatives. The pilot representatives emphasized the need for a new culture that effectively engages employees and recognizes our pilots’ leadership role in the operation of the airline. The executives acknowledged the need to create a new corporate culture and to build trust and credibility between the airline’s management and front-line employees.
APA videoed the first portion of the discussions with the US Airways executives and both unions will post the video for viewing by our respective members within the next few days.
The APA and USAPA boards then met in closed session with the US Airways executives, which afforded the opportunity for a more direct and, at times, pointed exchange between the executives and pilot representatives.
The APA and USAPA leadership look to the future with cautious optimism. The pilots represented by APA and USAPA have made substantial individual and collective sacrifices to put both airlines in a position to execute this merger, and we look forward to reaping the benefits of working for the world’s premier airline.

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