ATLAS AIR'S PILOTS VOTE AGAINST JOINING ASSOCIATION

ATLAS AIR'S PILOTS VOTE AGAINST JOINING ASSOCIATION

Atlas Air Inc. announced Wednesday that its pilots have rejected representation by the Air Line Pilots Association.

In November, more than 350 pilots and other crew members launched a drive to unionize, a move that could have potentially raised costs to shippers and customers.Crew members at the 5-year-old company have been dealing with management on an individual basis for wages and other benefits.

''We are very pleased that our pilots have chosen not to organize,'' said Atlas Chairman Michael Chowdry.

''We recognize, however, that we need to continue to act on our commitment to provide all of our employees with a positive working environment. We pledge ourselves to listen to our work force and take action when appropriate.''

An ALPA spokesman said the union was disappointed but added, ''Our door is always open.''

Atlas is a certificated carrier that operates a fleet of 747 freighters under long-term wet lease contracts.

Those include the provision by Atlas of aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance for such carriers as British Airways, China Airlines, Emirates, Fast Air, KLM, LAS, Lufthansa, SAS and Thai International Airways.

It serves 62 cities in 38 countries.

Of the 341 eligible voters, 147 favored unionization, short of the 172 needed.