American Supports Allied Pilots Association Position to Maintain the Mandatory Pilot Retirement at Age 60

Company Submits Statement to Senate Aviation Subcommittee Urging Opposition to Change

FORT WORTH, Texas, July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — American Airlines issued a statement to the Senate Aviation Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in support of the Allied Pilots Association’s (APA) testimony today to maintain the age 60 retirement requirement for commercial airline pilots.

In the statement, Robert W. Reding, American’s senior vice president of Technical Operations wrote, “Today, we stand together with the APA in support of maintaining the long-standing age 60 rule. Like the APA, we are not aware of any compelling data that would support altering a rule that over the years has served our industry, our airline and our pilots well.”

American and the APA have successfully worked together on many issues important to the airline and its pilots. In addition to advocating the preservation of the current pilot retirement age, the company and the union have collaborated on pension reform legislation and on a recent agreement that will enable American to add routes to Delhi, India, one of the fastest growing international markets. The Delhi agreement further strengthens AA’s global network and provides desirable long-haul flying for its pilots.

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Statement of Robert W. Reding
Senior Vice President, Technical Operations
American Airlines

Before the
United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
Subcommittee on Aviation

July 19, 2005

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, my name is Robert W. Reding. I am Senior Vice President of American Airlines for Technical Operations. The scope of my responsibilities includes the recruitment, training, supervision, and retention of flight crews. It also includes safety and security.

On behalf of our 13,500 pilots, and in support of the Allied Pilots Association (APA), American Airlines respectfully opposes proposed legislation to change the mandatory age 60 retirement for commercial airline pilots under Sec. 121.383(c) of the Federal Aviation Regulations. We do so recognizing that the Congressional proponents of this change are well intended. Nevertheless, we endorse the views of the substantial majority of our pilots and the APA who argue that a change in the rules is not warranted.

American has always worked closely with our pilots, flight attendants, and mechanics on issues relating to safety and reliability. More recently, we also have been collaborating intensely on those issues that affect the long- term health of our company and our industry. Today, we stand together with the APA in support of maintaining the long-standing age 60 rule. Like APA, we are not aware of any compelling data that would support altering a rule that has served our industry, our airline, and our pilots well over the years.

In its testimony, the APA deals with the history and medical issues surrounding this issue. We would add another element for the consideration of the Committee. Changing this rule could have significant and adverse effects on our financial health at a time when we can least afford it. During this extremely challenging time in the airline industry, American, its employees and its unions are working hard together and have all made major sacrifices to help the company to achieving sustained profitability. We are working diligently, imaginatively and collaboratively to ensure our company’s future and build financial stability in order to improve shareholder returns, serve our customers and preserve and protect the careers and earned retirement benefits of our employees. Though our progress has been slowed by persistently high fuel prices and insufficient yields due to numerous factors, we have reduced our annual operating costs since 2002 by more than $4 billion through operational improvements, increased efficiencies, and a willingness by our employees to make the difficult financial concessions necessary to help restore the company to profitability.

After all of this hard work and sacrifice, and absent any compelling safety data that we are aware of to dictate otherwise, we do not support changing this time-proven, successful regulation because we believe it would have an adverse financial impact on our company and on our pilots’ careers.

Therefore, with appreciation for the Committee’s work on behalf of the aviation industry, American Airlines respectfully urges Congress to maintain the mandatory age 60 retirement requirement for commercial airline pilots as it now stands.

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