America West Airlines and ALPA Reach Tentative Agreement

America West Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association, Int`l. (ALPA)
today announced they have reached a tentative agreement for a new
three-year contract for the airline`s 1,700 pilots. The tentative
agreement is subject to ratification by ALPA membership, and that process
will begin around November 1, 2003. Anticipated results of the
ratification process could come as early as December 1, 2003. Additional
terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
America West Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker said, “We
are extremely pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with our
pilots. I want to thank the America West ALPA leadership and their
negotiating team lead by Captain Doug Dotter along with America West Chief
Operating Officer Jeff McClelland and his team for the tireless leadership
they demonstrated during this process. Special thanks to the National
Mediation Board who brought us together in the end to reach this
agreement. We look forward to a successful ratification process, and to
continuing to build upon the positive momentum occurring at America West.”
Captain Terry Stadler, chairman of the America West Airlines (AWA) unit of
the ALPA said, “Our Negotiating Committee and union leadership are pleased
that we reached a tentative agreement that is mutually beneficial. Both
parties have worked diligently during the last few months and we believe
we have developed an agreement that recognizes the needs of our pilot
Founded in 1983 and proudly celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2003,
America West Airlines is the nation`s second largest low-fare airline and
the only carrier formed since deregulation to achieve major airline
status. America West`s 13,000 employees serve nearly 55,000 customers a
day in 92 destinations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world`s oldest and largest pilot union,
representing 66,000 members at 42 airlines in the United States and
Canada, including nearly 1,700 pilots at America West Airlines. Visit the
ALPA website at