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USAIR PILOTS DISAPPOINTED BY BRITISH AIR DECISION; PLEASED THAT DISCUSSIONS CONTINUE ON ALTERNATIVE RELATIONSHIPS

 PITTSBURGH, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- USAir pilots are disappointed that British Airways has terminated its investment agreement with USAir today, according to the head of the USAir branch of the pilots union.
 Pete Gauthier, chairman of the USAir pilots' Master Executive Council (the USAir pilots' local governing body within the Air Line Pilots Association), said most USAir pilots had hoped for the transaction to go through after government approval.
 "It's a tremendous disappointment, but we knew from the beginning that it would be tough going. We were hoping to see the transaction implemented because USAir is trying to position itself for growth into the booming global marketplace and this would have put us into a better competitive position," Gauthier said.
 "Unfortunately, this transaction was caught up in U.S. aviation policy and DOT's bilateral trade negotiations. The Department of Transportation was very inconsistent in their handling of this. First they sent positive signals that they would approve the deal, and then the administration backed away because of the intense politicization. USAir pilots are particularly outraged over the fact that there has not been a level playing field.
 "Numerous USAir requests for international route authority have been turned down while similar requests by other major carriers have been awarded," Gauthier said.
 ALPA President Randolph Babbitt said, "We will work with the appropriate officials on the Clinton transition team to explore alternatives so that an acceptable deal can be structured, one that would provide investment in USAir while at the same time protect the interests of USAir pilots."
 Gauthier said, "The USAir pilots Master Executive Council is pleased that the door is still open for continued discussions between USAir and British Airways. In the meantime, USAir is a strong carrier poised to enhance its status as a competitive force, and will work even harder to forge international alliances."
 ALPA is chartered by the AFL-CIO and represents 41,000 airline pilots at 44 U.S. airlines, including the 5,600 pilots at USAir.
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 /CONTACT: Julie Reneau or John Mazor of the Air Line Pilots Association, 202-797-4060/


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