The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has filed for injunctive relief today in a New York court to delay the implementation of the latest phase of revised operating procedures in the merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines.
The association, citing concerns over the timeline of pilots' training as the carriers work towards a single operating certificate, is asking for the District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn to postpone a 30 September deadline for pilots to complete the second phase of training, or to resolve the dispute through arbitration.
"The company is implementing unrealistic deadlines and requiring only distance computer based training that we believe is inadequate to maintain the level of safety our passengers expect from United and its pilots," said Wendy Morse, chairman of the United Master Executive Council of the association.
"We are asking the court to issue a stay on the September 30 deadline so we can work with the Company to come up with a realistic, practical schedule and workable procedures for training or enable the arbitration board to decide the issues while it still has jurisdiction to grant meaningful relief - before management proceeds unilaterally."
United and Continental merged in 2010 and are aiming to obtain a single operating certificate by end-2011.