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American Supports Pilots Retirement Position

American Airlines
issued a statement to the Senate Aviation Subcommittee of the Senate Committee
on Commerce, Science and Transportation in support of the Allied Pilots
Association’s testimony today to maintain the age 60 retirement
requirement for commercial airline pilots.In the statement, Robert W. Reding, American’s senior vice president of
Technical Operations wrote, “Today, we stand together with the APA in support
of maintaining the long-standing age 60 rule.  Like the APA, we are not aware
of any compelling data that would support altering a rule that over the years
has served our industry, our airline and our pilots well.”
  American and the APA have successfully worked together on many issues
important to the airline and its pilots.  In addition to advocating the
preservation of the current pilot retirement age, the company and the union
have collaborated on pension reform legislation and on a recent agreement that
will enable American to add routes to Delhi, India, one of the fastest growing
international markets.  The Delhi agreement further strengthens AA’s global
network and provides desirable long-haul flying for its pilots.