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Judge urges Delta and pilots union to keep negotiating.

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Delta Air Lines and its pilots union should keep negotiating, according to the New York bankruptcy Judge Prudence Carter Beatty.

Delta, which has so far failed to secure the USD325m in annual concessions it claims it needs from the pilots, is seeking to void its labour contract with the pilots in court. The judge told the attorneys for the two parties that she is confident that they know how to negotiate, because they have done a lot of it before now.

The last formal meeting between the parties was in mid-November and the two parties have been in contact informally since then, The Associated Press reported. Delta remains ready to negotiate, according to Edward Bastian, chief financial officer of the airline, and Lee Moak, the chairman of the Delta Air Line Pilots Association, has said that the union is also prepared to return to negotiations.

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