FedEx pilot elected as new president of ALPA

The Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) has elected FedEx Express pilot Capt. Joe DePete as its 11th president.

He is currently the union’s first vice president and national safety coordinator and takes on the role for a four-year term.

Since joining ALPA in 1986, he has held several elected positions including executive vice president and chairman of the FedEx Express Master Executive Council.

He said: “It is an honour to have the opportunity to bring this union together with one true voice. The members of this Association have spoken loud and clear in support of unity, and I look forward to serving every one of our 61,000 pilots across North America.

“Together, we will continue to build on the decades of advancements we have made to our profession, as well as advance aviation safety and security for the future.

“I’m excited and humbled by the trust that the ALPA Board of Directors has placed in me with this election, and I am eager to work collaboratively with the other national officers.”

ALPA’s Board has elected United Airlines Capt. Bob Fox as the union’s first vice president and national safety coordinator. Capt. Bill Couette was re-elected to serve a fourth term as ALPA’s vice president–administration/secretary. United Capt. Joseph Genovese has been elected as vice president–finance/treasurer.

The term for ALPA’s new national officers will begin on 1 January, 2019.