United Airlines defends FAA-approved pilot training

The union representing United Airlines pilots has criticized the carrier's training program in a report. The merger with Continental Airlines has led to more training for pilots, and the majority of the training is computer-based, which received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. "These claims are baseless and are an attempt by the United unit of ALPA to influence contract negotiations under a false guise of safety," said United Continental in a statement. The carrier also said that there has been a history of union actions "to disrupt the operations of the airline." Separately, United Airlines and the union representing its mechanics have come to a tentative agreement for a labor contract.

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