UPS Pilot Union Expresses Solidarity With ABX/Astar Pilot Groups

May 30, 2008, 01:00 ET from Independent Pilots Association

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Independent
 Pilots Association (IPA) today expressed its support for the pilots at two
 carriers currently flying the bulk of package volume for DHL within the
 U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Those carriers are ABX Air and Astar.
     On Wednesday, UPS and DHL Express U.S. announced a tentative 10 year
 deal for UPS to provide transportation in its air network for all of DHL's
 express, deferred and international package volume within the United
 States. Under terms of the agreement, not yet finalized, UPS would also
 provide air lift for DHL packages between the United States, Canada and
     If the agreement is finalized, it could mean a loss of pilot jobs at
 Astar and ABX Air and an increase at rival carrier UPS. "Our first reaction
 on hearing of the proposed deal was to ask UPS to give every consideration
 to any Astar or ABX Air pilot who might seek a job at UPS," said UPS pilot
 union President Bob Miller. "We have worked with both pilot groups for many
 years, and their members are among the most skilled and professional in the
 industry," he added.
     Miller said that many UPS pilots have friends at the carriers and would
 like to see their company provide every consideration to any pilot from ABX
 Air or Astar who might seek a job with the carrier. "The pilots at ABX Air
 and Astar have a proven record of safely and efficiently providing service.
 Any problems at these companies have come from their management, not from
 the pilots," said Miller.
     "While we don't have a sense yet of how many new pilot positions could
 potentially be created at UPS, we do know that there are no better
 qualified pilots in the industry than those who fly for ABX Air and Astar."
     The Independent Pilots Association represents over 3,000 airline pilots
 who fly domestically and internationally for United Parcel Service. The
 Union was certified in 1990 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

SOURCE Independent Pilots Association