Pilots at UAL's ( UALAQ.OB) United Airlines have approved wage and benefit cuts designed to save the airline $180 million a year. In a recorded message on its Web site, United's unit of the Air Line Pilots Association, or ALPA, said 76.8% of members casting votes supported the concessions. The concessions also must receive approval from the bankruptcy court handling the company's Chapter 11 case, which is conducting a hearing on the matter Thursday.
Last week, the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. moved to take over United's pilot pension plan , an action that clashes with the agreement reached between pilots and the airline. The PBGC wants to take over the pilots plan ahead of the agreement's schedule and give United the opportunity to save its other pension plans. But the pilots' agreement was contingent on the cancellation of other labor groups' pension plans as well. United has been under bankruptcy protection since December 2002. Its stock was unchanged at $1.30.