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ALPA SEEKS DISMISSAL OF APPLICATION FOR LORENZO'S FRIENDSHIP AIRLINES

 WASHINGTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Air Line Pilots Association issued the following:
 The Air Line Pilots Association today filed a motion requesting the Department of Transportation to dismiss as incomplete the application by Frank Lorenzo's Friendship Airlines for a certificate of public convenience and necessity.
 ALPA said the application filed at DOT earlier this month lacked critical information about Lorenzo that would reflect on his ability to pass the department's fitness tests.
 "Operating under a cloak of secrecy is a classic Lorenzo tactic," said Capt. J. Randolph Babbitt, president of the Air Line Pilots Association. "Too much is already known about his questionable business practices to allow him to avoid disclosure in this case."
 DOT rules require that applicants for new certificates of authority must file information concerning "relevant corporations." These are defined as including "any air carrier in which any directors, principal officers, or persons having a substantial interest have or once had a substantial interest." Friendship states in its application that it is not related to any relevant corporations. This conclusion is erroneous, and has resulted in a total lack of information supplied to the DOT about actions or judgments against Eastern, Continental, New York Air and Texas International.
 Not included in the application, for example, is the fact that in 1990, Eastern Airlines and several maintenance executives and foremen were charged in a 60-count indictment with conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud, falsification of material facts to the FAA, and obstruction of justice, all in connection with faulty maintenance practices and a subsequent cover-up while Lorenzo was chairman of the airline. In February 1991, Eastern pled guilty to seven counts in the indictment and agreed to pay a fine of $3.5 million. "The crimes charged in the indictment occurred while Mr. Lorenzo was chairman of Eastern and Steven Kolski, Friendship's president, held positions with responsibility for Eastern's maintenance activities. Accordingly, the indictment appears highly germane to the issue of Friendship's compliance disposition," ALPA's filing states.
 ALPA also asked DOT to require information on actions that might reflect on his willingness to comply with federal labor law. In its filing, ALPA noted that "Mr. Lorenzo has been without peer in his ability to foment contentious labor relations in the airline industry, and the unacceptable tension between labor and management was one of the reasons cited by the U.S. bankruptcy judge when he removed Mr. Lorenzo from his management position at Eastern."
 -0- 4/12/93
 /CONTACT: John Mazor or David Mallino of the Air Line Pilots Association, 202-797-4060/


CO: Air Line Pilots Association; Department of Transportation;
 Friendship Airlines


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