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Delta pilots elect new union leader

ATLANTA (AP) -- Pilots at Delta Air Lines Inc. have elected a new head of their union, replacing the previous one after just two years on the job.

The union's Master Executive Council voted out Tim O'Malley, the Air Line Pilots Association said on Friday.

He was replaced by Kingsley Roberts, an Atlanta-based pilot of Boeing 737s who has flown for Delta since 1988. Before working for Delta, Roberts flew C-130 cargo planes in the Air Force.

O'Malley, Roberts, and one other candidate had all sought the job, said Buzz Hazzard, a Delta pilot and the union's communication chairman.

The union didn't say why O'Malley was voted out. The three other main officers on the Master Executive Council retained their roles in the voting, which took place in Atlanta on Thursday.

The MEC has 19 voting members. Hazzard said the vote for Roberts was 11-8. The balloting came in a regularly scheduled vote.

Roberts' term begins on Jan. 1.

ALPA's Delta unit represents some 12,000 pilots. They've generally had a good relationship with the airline, with union leaders often invited to accompany executives when they make presentations to Wall Street analysts.

Shares of Delta Air Lines Inc. fell 10 cents to $9.39 in afternoon trading.