Sir - It would appear that the British Airline Pilots Association is the lapdog of British Airways, which could not recognise the stick when it was thrown in early 1995.

There are still about 1,000 unemployed UK pilots (plus European colleagues), many of whom have the Boeing 737 on their licences.

I am sure that, with some pressure and forethought, BA could have used some of these, even on temporary contract. Would US unions, of which I am sure USAir pilots are members, have allowed a similar position to arise - I think not.

Whom does BALPA represent? UK licence holders, or BA line pilots?


Horley, Surrey, UK

Plenty of unemployed UK pilots would welcome the chance to fly BA 737s

Source: Flight International