Pilots at American Airlines hold 2nd contract vote

Associated Press Modified: November 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm •  Published: November 16, 2012

US Airways Group Inc. is pursuing a merger with American that would leave US Airways executives running the combined company. The airlines have exchanged private financial information and discussed some outlines of a merger, including who would own most of the stock, but it's uncertain if they will ever complete a deal.

On Friday lawyers for US Airways pilots asked a federal bankruptcy judge in New York for the right to ask the companies about merger talks. They argued that US Airways pilots don't have as much information as the Allied Pilots Association — which is on the creditors committee in the bankruptcy case — even though they too would be affected by a merger.

AMR believes that the US Airways union isn't entitled to the information and plans to object to the request, Hicks said.

Separately American said that more than 20,000 people applied to become flight attendants after the company announced last month that it planned to hire 1,500. They will replace more than 2,200 veteran attendants who took buyout offers of up to $40,000 to leave.

After interviews in December, the first class of new flight attendants is expected to begin training in January and start working in April.

American said it was thrilled with the response and has enough candidates but is still looking for applicants who speak Korean, Mandarin, Finnish, German, Italian or Japanese.