In the early fifties, 7 pilot representatives participated in meetings with Management to improve work conditions. This panel was replaced in 1960 by the Malayan Airways Pilots’ Association (MAPA), opened only to expatriate pilots and Local Employees’ Union (LEU), representing local pilots and employees. It was not until late 1964, as a result of a deadlock in negotiations between MAPA and the Company on wage claims that MAPA registered as a trade union to re-file its claims on the company.
National pilots in the Company left LEU and joined MAPA. Up till the mid 70s, MAPA changed its name twice, first to Malaysia-Singapore Airlines Pilots Association (MSAPA), then Singapore Airlines Pilots Association. (SIAPA)
In late 1980, SIAPA achieved 93% membership penetration of the total pilot body in the Company. May 1981, the AIR LINE PILOTS’ ASSOCIATION – SINGAPORE (ALPA-S) was born, registered under the Trade Unions Act, Singapore.
Today, ALPA-S is a professional body totally committed to advance the interests and welfare of its members. It is a member of International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) and actively involved in IFALPA Technical Committees. The aviation industry faced an unprecedented challenge in pandemic of 2020 and ALPA-S remains committed to pivoting and adapting itself and its members to the evolving industrial landscape with operational safety and professionalism as its foundation.