A federal judge ruled Thursday that United Airlines can proceed with changes in flight procedures that its pilots union, had opposed for safety reasons.
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United said that applying the changes on Friday as planned.
Pilots Association at United had said in a court filing Monday that they are not given enough time to get used to new procedures for situations such as what to do when caught in a gust of wind, or pilot driving jobs in the cockpit. The union had argued that a 54-minute presentation of the new procedures was inadequate.
Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. in Brooklyn, New York, denied the request for a temporary restraining order. He wrote that there is no evidence that the Federal Aviation Administration falls short in following the formation of the airline. His order also said that new procedures would not cause irreparable damage to the drivers – a legal threshold of a restraining order.
United and Continental Airlines are in charge of United Continental Holdings Inc., which is the combination of them in a single airline. That means the merger of the operating procedures used by pilots and flight attendants and ground personnel.
Wendy Morse, a 777 captain and head of the subsidiary of the Kingdom of ALPA, said the union would like to work with the airline in the "industry leading training practices and security as was the case in the United for training program to correct this unrealistic and inappropriate. "
Continental United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said its flight procedures are "widely used in industry have been developed in close collaboration with Boeing, and are reviewed and approved by the FAA."
Shares of Chicago-based company fell 28 cents to $ 20.48 in afternoon trading.
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