Houston, Texas. -- Continental Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have announced the recall by Continental of at least 240 pilots from furlough by the middle of next spring, pending a special Recall Agreement between Continental and ALPA. Pilot recalls are expected to occur at the rate of about 30 per month, the maximum feasible number given the company's available training facilities. These recalls are in addition to 197 pilots recalled by Continental since January 2004. There are currently 436 Continental pilots on furlough.
The Recall Agreement, which outlines the way the pilots return to work, is the culmination of the joint efforts of Continental and ALPA working together to ensure that the recall is handled in a manner that is efficient and provides the best return to work opportunities for pilots.
"This recall has been facilitated by ALPA's ability to work with us on the terms of the recall," says Continental President and Chief Operating Officer Larry Kellner. "Together we have created a solution that gets the majority of our furloughed pilots back to work."
"Our current cooperative relationship of working together with management continues to pay dividends for our pilots and our airline," says Captain Jay Panarello, Chairman of the CAL Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association, which represents the Continental pilots. "Continental President Larry Kellner and his team are to be commended for addressing our staffing concerns."