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ASIG Files Federal Lawsuit to Prevent Potential Fueler Strike at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
 
10/5/2012

For Immediate Release
October 5, 2012

Contact: Tim Ramsey, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing
Tel: 407.648.7205 | Email: tim.ramsey@asig.com

SEATTLE -- Aircraft Service International, Inc. (commonly known by the trade name ASIG) filed a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle to prevent a strike by its non-union employees. Earlier this week, some Seattle-based ASIG employees publicly threatened to walk off the job.
 
The Railway Labor Act establishes clear procedures governing labor-management relations at railroads and airlines. One of the primary goals of the RLA, which Congress passed in 1926, is to avoid interruptions in interstate commerce by severely restricting the circumstances under which employees in those industries may strike.
 
“ASIG was faced with threats of a strike by some employees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which was organized by outside labor organizations with ulterior motives,” said Tim Ramsey, ASIG Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “Such a strike would be illegal and could cause substantial disruption to not only ASIG's Seattle operations, but also to the airlines we serve and to passengers flying in and out of Sea-Tac Airport. In response, ASIG has filed a federal court lawsuit to stop any strike from occurring. We expect our position to be fully vindicated in court.”

In addition to the strike, one employee made safety allegations regarding aircraft fueling operations at Sea-Tac Airport.  Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigators have investigated the safety allegations and ASIG’s Seattle operations.  Today the FAA gave ASIG a clean inspection report stating that none of the operations that we observed showed any negligence or unsafe practices.  View official announcement here: https://www.portseattle.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/Pages/default.aspx?year=2012#317
 
“The safety of our employees and our operations is paramount,” said Ramsey. “We actively promote a safe work environment and will aggressively investigate any allegations made. We are in the process of finishing our own internal investigation into these allegations, but in the meantime are heartened by the results of the FAA’s independent investigation.”

Note to Editors:
ASIG is a global provider of ground, fuel and airport facility services to airlines, airports, oil companies and industry partners. The company's 8,000 highly qualified aviation service professionals safely handle millions of flights annually. ASIG offers flexible, comprehensive service solutions that deliver value and quality across a network of 83 airports in North America, Central America, Europe and Asia.

ASIG is part of BBA Aviation plc a leading global aviation support and aftermarket services provider with market leading businesses and attractive growth opportunities. BBA Aviation's Flight Support businesses (ASIG and Signature Flight Support) are focused on refueling and ground handling of business and commercial aviation aircraft. Its Aftermarket Services and Systems businesses (Dallas Airmotive, Premier Turbines, H+S Aviation, International Turbine Service, Barrett Turbine Engine Company, Ontic and APPH) are focused on the repair and overhaul of jet engines and the manufacture and services of aerospace sub-systems and components. For more information, please visit www.bbaaviation.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
The Company from time to time may discuss forward-looking information. Except for the historical information contained in this release, all forward-looking information are estimates of the Company's management and are subject to the various risks and uncertainties that are beyond the Company's control and may cause results to differ from management expectations.

 
 
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