swa4life From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 394 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5255 times:
With all of the heated debates that take place on here in regards to the airlines and how things should be, I would be curious to know who here among us actually goes to work every day as an airline employee and counts on it to make their living.
If you're an airline employee, tell us where you're based, what company you work for, job position, and years of service. Also maybe any previous experience..
If you're not an airline employee, but you feel like you have a vested interest please share that as well. Stock holder, manufacturer, vendor, airport staff etc.
[Edited 2010-12-27 12:57:02]
I'm a ramp agent for Southwest of 12 years at Chicago MDW airport.
silentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5121 times:
Quoting swa4life (Thread starter): If you're an airline employee, tell us where you're based, what company you work for, job position, and years of service. Also maybe any previous experience..
It's not a smart idea for employees to give that much information as some companies are getting much more strict about things said/done on social networking sites and forums. Especially so, if those things are less than positive about the company.
floridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2095 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5060 times:
I am a former SkyWest gate agent in BIL(2005-2006), a former Mesaba flight attendant out of MSP (2008-2010). Currently, I am employed by a low-cost carrier in a supervisory role at their corporate headquarters since earlier this spring.
B6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2948 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5034 times:
Station: JFK (Hangar 81)
Department: Technical Supply Chain Coordination (Blue City/Requisition)
Length of Service: 6.3 years total, 4.75 in position
Previous position at B6
Station: JFK (Bldg. 141, then T6, then Hangar 81)
Department: Technical Supply Chain Operations, Materiel Services
My start in the aviation industry:
Company: Farmingdale State College (State University of NY)
Department: Flight Operations
Posittion: Dispatch & MX Planning
(This is also where I attended college to get my B.S. in Aviation Administration).
Now, B6 is not my only job. I have 3 (have to pay the bills...and they are quite expensive here in NY LOL!). I also still work at the college, but in the Admissions department (where I have worked since I was a student...so nearly 10 years), and I also act as communications manager for a bar/night club. But, B6 is where I get the butter for my bread (and the bread itself) so-to-speak LOL!
"If you do not learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it"
UAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (5 years 4 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4964 times:
I can't really give all of the information that you want because of my job but ill post what I can!
I started my life in the airline industry as a FA for CO and moved into management at CO after graduating from College.
After leaving CO I worked in management at F9 so I could move back to Colorado and get he hell out of Texas!
While working for F9 an offer was made for me to take a senior management position at the current airline I work for and I accepted the offer. My position is officially based at our WHQ in Chicago however I am able to work from an office in Denver some of the time but must commute into work the majority of the time.
While I love my current position I do also sometimes miss working as a FA and interacting directly with the passengers. I do try to help out both on the ground and in the air when I can but most of the time I am not much help at all, probably more trouble then help!
When I was at Frontier I actually attended the customer service agent training (voluntarily without pay) just so that I could learn the systems and could help out when I was at the airport and it was needed! At Frontier the atmosphere was different than the larger airlines and a lot of managers did this. When we would be at the airport flying non-rev it was not unusual at all to log into a computer and help the ground agents get a flight out or check people in at the ticket counter. We also stayed behind after landing and helped the FA's clean the plane for the next flight. I even remember days where things would be busy at the hub (DEN) and they would send out an email asking anyone who could help out at the airport to catch the airport shuttle from the GO (Frontier HQ) out to the airport to help out! Things at F9 were very family like and we were all part of this family who would do whatever we could to make our family (airline) successful. I sure do hope things are still that way over at Frontier!
signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3094 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (5 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4864 times:
Right now I don't work in aviation. But a few years ago I worked for Air France. I was an English language teacher in the internal language school in head office in Roissy, teaching mainly cabin crew, with some pilots and ground staff.
runner13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4685 times:
I have been in aviation for 12 going on 13 yrs. Started out working at my local county aiport at 16, Doing busy work. Cutting grass, cleaning hangars, sometimes fueling planes and cleaning the little FBO. Did that until I graduated HS, then moved off to college, but not the one I wanted to go to for aviation, but I still worked at the major airport in my area as a skycap on the weekends and breaks. After 3 years of that I finally transferred to the school I wanted to go to and majored in ATC. I got hired with OO starting out on the ramp. Did that for a year then went to CS. Loved it became a trainer but still part time in college. After graduation from college moved to ASE and was the lead OJT for CS. After that got furloughed and worked for American Eagle during that time I got hired by the FAA as a controller at my home aiport. I have been in training for 2 1/2 years, I'm done in the tower and training in the tracon, it's going very well, and hope to be completly checked out by the end of this year. I'm not with the airlines anymore but I always wondered how the full timers in the industry made a living. I have a great living as a controller. But I learned a lot of skills from the airlines.
RJLover From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 580 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (5 years 3 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4677 times:
Baggage Handler - 1 Year (Contract Company - YYJ)
Customer Serivce Agent - 1.5 Years (Air Canada Jazz - YYJ)
Station Operations Coordinator - 4 Months (Air Canada Jazz - YYC)
Departure Control Coordinator - Current (Air Canada Jazz - SOCC, YHZ)
Only been in this industry for a few years, but plan to be in it for many, many more!