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Who Here Makes Their Living As An Airline Emp?  
User currently offlineswa4life From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 388 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4507 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.

[Edited 2010-12-27 12:59:05]

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User currently offlineviv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4466 times:

I used to work for Aer Lingus.

Moved on to better things.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlinenws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 926 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4460 times:

Flight attendant at CO, based at EWR. Worked for Atlantic Coast/Independence Air before that, also as a flight attendant.

User currently offlineswa4life From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 388 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4438 times:

Quoting viv (Reply 1):
I used to work for Aer Lingus.

How long ago, and how long were you there?

What do you do now?

User currently offlinesilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2188 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4373 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.

User currently offlinefloridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4312 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.

Good goes around!
User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2902 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4286 times:

Airline: B6
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)
Station: FRG
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"
User currently offlineFiveholer From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4259 times:

CO Ramp, TUL, 3.5 years.

Bring back Bethune!
User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10674 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (4 years 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4225 times:

DL retiree......33 1/2 years at DL......8 1/2 at ORD (cargo).......2 at SHV (ops) and 23 at SLC (ops and cargo).

Previous experience was in the USAF in the cargo field.

"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (4 years 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4216 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!



User currently offlinewexfordflyer From Ireland, joined Jun 2009, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4118 times:

I used to work as a flight attendant based in Dublin.

Not working in aviation at the moment but I'm hoping to again soon.

Come with me, there's a place I want you to see, where the leaves are dark, I've got a hiding place in central park.
User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3025 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4116 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.


Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineFly2yyz From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 1046 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4111 times:

I'm trying to make a living in aviation.

I'm currently a Flight Attendant with Air Transat in Canada.

User currently offlinechepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6236 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4107 times:

US Airways, 5 year seniority (extremely junior). Aircraft Appearance.
I have worked with the airline in different positions.



Fly the Flag!!!!
User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1232 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (3 years 12 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4091 times:

British Airways, Washington region customer service.

Speedbird Concorde One
User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (3 years 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4063 times:

AC, Ramp, YYZ, just passed the four year mark two weeks ago tomorrow.

Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.
User currently offlinefshplns From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 12 months 5 hours ago) and read 3950 times:

CO Ops in ATL, been with the greatest    for over 23 years. Cant wait to meet my new co-workers at UA

User currently offlinerunner13 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 12 months 3 hours ago) and read 3937 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.

User currently offlineRJLover From Canada, joined Dec 2006, 578 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 12 months 1 hour ago) and read 3929 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!

[Edited 2011-01-02 22:38:21]

[Edited 2011-01-02 22:39:25]

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