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American Airlines pilots ask for caution on air deal with Hong Kong.

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Pilots at American Airlines, represented by the Allied Pilots Association (APA), have requested the United States not to sign an air deal with Hong Kong until Cathay Pacific Airways improves its labour practices.

The APA sent a letter to the US Department of Transportation expressing concern over the air services agreement talks currently under way in Hong Kong. The union asked the US Secretary of Transportation, Norman Y. Mineta, to conclude no agreements expanding access to US destinations for Cathay Pacific until the employment and human rights of the Cathay Pacific pilots are safeguarded.

According to the APA, Cathay Pacific has openly defied contractual obligations with its pilots, reported Reuters.

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