AirTran Airways pilots voted Friday to end their independence and join the Air Line Pilots Assn. The carrier's nearly 1,700 pilots have been represented for 12 years by the independent National Pilots Assn., but 87% voted to merge with ALPA. NPA Interim President Linden Hillman said, "We had a choice to cling to the past, keep complaining about our failures and refuse to accept reality or make a bold decision for our future. This merger will allow our pilot representatives to focus more on ...

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