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Delta pilots sue over Comair shuttle flights.

ALPA-represented Delta pilots have filed suit in US District Court In New York over the airlines' plans to have Delta Connection Comair provide regional jet service on one Delta Shuttle route beginning this month.

In their suit, the pilots charge Delta with acting "in bad faith" by using Regional pilots and equipment on routes that in their minds are the exclusive domain of Delta pilots. The use of RJs on mainline routes has become a rallying cry for pilot unions everywhere and certainly will he a major issue when Delta's pilots begin preliminary negotiations on a new contract in September. The pilot contract is amendable in May 2000.

"ALPA seeks relief from this Court because Delta has announced that it will no longer exclusively use Delta pilots to staff Shuttle operations, thus changing the fundamental core understanding and long-standing practices of the parties and depriving the Delta pilots of important work opportunities," the suit states. …

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