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Amazon pilots protest poor pay, working conditions, demand better deal


Amazon pilots, who work directly for Atlas Air, Southern Air, and ABX Air, are protesting what they say are poor pay and working conditions.
The union that represents the group, the Airline Professionals Association, said pilots will soon protest at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
A Business Insider investigation published in March found that pilots who fly for Amazon Air are unhappy with their working conditions, feeling that they are underpaid and overworked.
Atlas Air and Southern Air are owned by Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, while ABX Air is a subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG).
Their major customers include Amazon, DHL, and the armed forces, according to a union statement. Amazon Air pilots have been in contract disputes with their employers for nearly five years.
The union said that "pilots at the three carriers say they face serious operational problems that are exacerbated by labour contracts far below industry standards."
The protest also follows a deadly crash. An Amazon Air plane called CustomAir Obsession crashed on February 23, killing all three people on board. Weeks earlier, several pilots told Business Insider they thought an accident was inevitable, and that inexperienced pilots could lead to safety problems.

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