Judge Rejects Pilots Complaint That Move Would Violate Work
With a federal judge in Philadelphia
on Friday refusing to halt plans by US Airways Group to merge its
reservation systems on Sunday, the Tempe-based carrier's plan to
join reservations for it and America West flights is on schedule
for Sunday, March 4.
Pilots had hoped to halt the system implementation, reported the
East Valley Tribune, which US Airways has dubbed the next major
milestone in merging the two carriers.
The union, however, was unable to secure a restraining order
after filing a lawsuit Wednesday that claimed the new reservations
system constitutes the "merger of the airlines," an action pilots
claimed is illegal because the labor groups have not first been
US Airways contends the flights are still operated separately
with separate crews, so the reservation system implementation does
not "merge the airlines."
Even as the court sided with the airline, the pilots said they
won't back down.
ANN reported on the court fight earlier
"US Airways management is clearly trying to circumvent the
process and capitalize on the synergies of the merger without
fulfilling the promise," the pilots group said Friday.
The new system will be installed between midnight and 2 a.m.
Arizona time on Sunday, with reservation taking disabled during the
installation. US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder said the
carrier picked a time period when almost no customers even try to
make reservations or check in for flights.
About 7 million passenger records will be transferred to the new
system, Wunder said.
The airline is expecting a smooth transition with "minimal
customer impact," she said.
America West Airlines purchased US Airways, then under
bankruptcy protection, in September 2005, keeping the America West
headquarters and management team, but adopting the East Coast
as reported by Aero-News.