Several of the U.S Major airlines joined in a petition against the FAA's plan to increase crew rest requirements for long haul flights longer than 16 hours.
The airlines, including American, Continental, United, U.S Air, and Jet Blue, claim that the new rest requirements will impose a high financial burden on them, yet they did not get a chance to comment when the FAA planned the new rules. They believe that the FAA should have involved them in the process in order to investigate the need for more crew rest using expert opinions.
By following an established and proven rulemaking process, the FAA can make the best-informed decision possible, said American Airlines spokesman, Tim Wagner.
By asking for comment, the FAA will receive comments from all interested parties concerning their proposed rule, including experts within the fields of fatigue and rest, aircraft manufacturers, unions representing crewmembers, carriers themselves and members of the general public.
Delta Airlines, which is the world's largest carrier, did not participate in the lawsuit and agreed to more crew rest on its long haul flights.
American Airlines pilot union is unhappy with their management's attempt to block the new rule. Lloyd Hill, president of the Allied Pilots Association wrote the following statement found on AP: