APA urges President Bush to veto bill that would raise pilot retirement age

AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-©1997-2007 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD The Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents about 12,000 pilots employed by American Airlines (NYSE: AMR), has urged President Bush to follow through with his stated...


AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION-©1997-2007 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), which represents about 12,000 pilots employed by American Airlines (NYSE: AMR), has urged President Bush to follow through with his stated intention of vetoing a transportation appropriations bill. APA said that the spending bill includes language that would raise airline pilot retirement age to 65 from the current age 60 standard and the United States Congress is expected to pass the bill sometime this week.

After approval, the legislation will be sent to the White House for final approval. According to APA President Captain Lloyd Hill, an overwhelming majority of its pilots support keeping retirement at 60.

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