Swaluvfa From United States of America, joined May 2002, 277 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5056 times:
My FA friend has asked to me read and respond to some of these posts from an AirTran Pilot's prospective.
First, some facts:
AirTran Pilots are paid higher wages then our counterparts flying 737s and MD-80s and UA, AA, US and soon DL. Our current conctract, which I helped write and is amendable in Spring 05, has some industry leading features like a 12 hour duty day, highest paying reserve rules, company paid retirement (that isnt bankrupt) and paid stock options to name a few.
Our companies success is based on simple rules: Fly fuel-friendly planes that we acquire when the market allows us to bargin; spread our yields amoung our cites rather then placing 80% of our revenues in 5% of your cities like the majors, making us much less vulunarable; hedge fuel; and yes, keep labor costs managable. The company is content with high turnover rates on the ATL ramp because of low wages for example.
Don't blame the current failures of other carriers on AirTran, and the "LCCs". We cannot be faulted for their poor managment and our forward thinking.
As far as being a GREAT place to work, what do you think? Imagine being at an airline where you never worry that the paycheck will be bad, but rather wonder what new route or city will be announced this week. An airline whose oldest airplane is a model year 1999. An airline that brought RJs online when the markets would not support mainline, and the GOT RID OF THEM when the markets rebounded. An airline that will grow 25-35% for the next 6 years min, thus doubling in size over the next 4. An airline that still has that "family" since of sprit so often lost in mergers and growth, and with it comes our battle-hardened, can-do attitude that will bring us 9 more profitable quarters to follow the last 9.
We are here to stay, so get used to it.. If the industry has to trim some fat to survive, so be it.. Nobody at AirTran wants to see other carriers fail, putting more people on the street, but our product is the way things will be now, and others will either have to start taking notes, or, well you know..
RaginMav From United States of America, joined May 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5021 times:
Good luck to ya AirTran!!!
Some good words about the AirTran folks:
I was helping to get some prizes for a fundraiser golf tournament, and on a whim gave the AirTran folks a call. Not only did they send us a pair of round-trip vouchers, they made sure to get them here before the tournament (unlike some other carriers I know of).
Thanks AirTran, and I can't wait to see you in OMA!
B727 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4973 times:
EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT post
I could not agree more. Bset of luck to Airtran, you are helping all of the general public by reducing fares to a value where they should be and not ripping us off like the majors.
DLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1977 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 4910 times:
I hope to see AirTran succeed. Even though I flew them yesterday and wasn't pleased with the service. Actually it was Ryan International but I don't think service should be so different from the REAL AirTran and the subcontracted AirTran. I can't wait to see their 737s!
AirplaneBoy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 583 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4740 times:
Great post! I agree with you swaluvfa. The LCC's are here to stay. I wish you all at AirTran and your company the best. I like FL's clean and simple image, it's just fresh. Nothing seems to be overrated like at some other carriers (I'll refrain from specifying names!)
Isn't it great working for a small yet rapidly growing company in an industry where the sky's the limit? I feel the same. I work at F9 and our FA's are only on reserve for a few months (2 months last time I checked) and it's realllllllly easy to move up within the company because we are still growing. It's an awesome experience. The opportunities are limitless. I can't wait until your 737's come on the line. It's always cool to see airlines take on new A/C.
DSMav8r From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 579 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4465 times:
It is great to see success-story start-ups like Frontier and AirTran take on the legacy carriers at fortress hubs. It will be interesting to see what kind of expansion AirTran will initiate with the arrival of the -700s. It will certainly give them the opportunity to tap into markets west of the Mississippi, like, Salt Lake! Nah, I would never wish that upon poor 'ole Delta.
To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6083 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4225 times:
This IS how the free enterprise system works. Survival of the fittest. If you can't make it, you don't survive. Unfortunately, that sometimes means a loss of jobs... and those people are generally innocent of wrongdoing. The ex-TWA staff at American that is completely on furlough did nothing wrong- they worked on sub-par wages for years.
BUT- hopefully, with time, the laid-off employees find jobs with the stronger, leaner, more efficient companies.
Long live the American way, and may our government stay out of it!
Frugalqxnwa From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 565 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4014 times:
As much as I like the legacy carriers, I must agree that start-ups like FL and F9 are a breath of fresh air. Not only do they provide employment opportunities with an excellent possibility of advancement in the company, but they also keep the legacy carriers on their toes.
The legacies have been getting way too inefficient over the last ten years, and it is good to see them have competition forcing them to become efficient again. There have been casualties along the way (TW, EA, PA), and their will be more (possibly US or UA), and that is unfortunate for everyone, but the LCC phenomena is a good phenomina in a cut-throat industry. I hope these latest LCC survive as well as the legacies.