Governor Applauds American, Union On Reaching Deal

Governor Mary Fallin praises American Airlines and its pilots for approving a new, key contract.

She made the statement Friday afternoon following the announcement, stating that it was a good move to help keep the company secure and keep Oklahomans employed.

"Ratification of a new contract by the Allied Pilots Association at American Airlines is a critical milestone in the restructuring of a great company," she said.

"With valuable passenger service at three airports and over 6,000 employees at the Tulsa Maintenance & Engineering Base, American is a major contributor to our state's success. Oklahomans hope this new momentum will mean a quick exit from reorganization and a bright future for one of Oklahoma's most important employers."

Industry analysts say that the new contract might also open the door for a merger with US Airways.

Click here to read more about the agreement between pilots and American Airlines.