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All Nippon Pilot Strike Continues

April 17, 1998

TOKYO (AP) _ All Nippon Airways Co., Japan’s second-largest airline, canceled eight international flights Friday as a strike by pilots entered its 12th day, a company spokesman said.

A total of 2,100 passengers were forced to switch flights or use rival air carriers, said spokeswoman Mihoko Suzuki.

The canceled flights included service to New York, London, Paris and Milan.

The airline said it will keep another 36 international flights on schedule Friday by using former pilots now serving in the airline’s management.

The strike is only targeted at international flights flying the airline’s largest aircraft, the Boeing 747.

It is the most extensive job action against All Nippon since 1996, when a 24-hour walkout by all of the carrier’s pilots halted about 350 domestic and international flights and stranded some 60,000 passengers, the airline said.

The airline said no negotiations between management and the pilots’ union were under way. The strike is costing the airline about $1.53 million each day.

The 1,380-member union of airline pilots and flight engineers began striking April 6 to protest what it calls a 15 percent pay cut under a new wage system.

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