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World Airways - What Do You Know?  
User currently offlineNwfltattendant From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 341 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 3660 times:

Im looking at World Airways and trying to determine more about this carrier. Id like to know about the crew bases, what a flight attendant can expect, and if this is a good carrier to fly for. ANYTHING you want to share i am extremely appreciative of. I really mean ANYTHING... quality of crew hotels, work rules etc....


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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4183 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3630 times:

I know they have a pilot resume of mine somewhere buried in their files (trash can).  Smile

From what I hear, they are a pretty good carrier to work for, though they will hire hire hire hire..furlough furlough furlough furlough...as is the status quo for most charter/on demand type carriers. I have also heard they are pretty much going to all MD-11's..fewer and fewer 10's.



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User currently offlinePropilotJW From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 588 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3623 times:

I worked as ramper/fueler at an airport that World frequently flew into on military charters. They were a superb crew and the a/c were always very nice. The MD-11's were kept well and I have nothing bad to say about that great airline. I am not familiar with the cargo ops though.

User currently offlineFxra From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 700 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3555 times:

I know alot, but not about the F/A stuff, I would say expect to be gone for long periods of time, not alot of out and backs.. at leas tnot in a day span. And also i'd be expecting to se ethe real "vacation spots" of the world.

I also know the F/A's are union, which is very rare among supplementals. I dunno if thats good or bad...

later



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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5065 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

I know that they operate scheduled charters on behalf of Sonair from IAH to Luanda, Angola. They also plan on MD11 freighter ops from IAH-SJC-China.


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User currently offlineATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3451 times:

World Airways also does many military charters. For example, my journey home from Iraq was on one of their older DC-10-30s operated by their crew. The plane was clearly old, but was very clean when we boarded and the f/a's kept it that way.

All I have to say is that I was terribly impressed w/ their service...better than I've had on any other airline. The food was excellent and the flight attendents and pilots were extremely friendly and helpful.

As far as I know their headquarters is in ATL...but I know they operate a lot of flights out of BWI as well.



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User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3442 times:

They do charter work and freight, they fly DC-10s and MD-11's DAY gets both


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User currently offlineMainland From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3414 times:

Within the next 3 months, if all goes according to plan, they plan to replace some of their DC-10s with 767s:

Company to Introduce Boeing 767-300ER Aircraft in 2004

Peachtree City, GA – February 6, 2004 – World Airways, Inc. (NASDAQ: WLDA) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a revised fleet plan as part of its five-year strategic plan. World Airways operated a fleet of 18 wide-body aircraft at the end of 2003 comprised of 11 MD-11 and 7 DC-10-30 aircraft.

The first phase of the revised fleet plan calls for the introduction of two Boeing 767-300ER passenger aircraft, which were originally approved by the Board of Directors in August 2003. The Company plans to add these two Boeing 767 aircraft to the fleet by the fourth quarter of 2004, and will replace two DC-10-30 passenger aircraft that come off lease later this year. Coupled with the return of two of its most expensive DC-10-30 cargo aircraft this month, the total fleet size at the end of 2004 is projected to be 16 aircraft.

The current plan for 2005 is to increase the fleet to 17 aircraft with the net growth being realized through the addition of a third and fourth 767-300ER, the scheduled return of two MD-11 and one DC-10-30 passenger aircraft and the addition of two freighter aircraft. The Company plans to evaluate the feasibility of adding the 747-400SF freighter to its operating certificate in order to meet its freighter requirements.

As the operating leases for three of World’s MD-11 freighter aircraft expire in 2006, the Company anticipates that it will be able to either renegotiate significantly lower lease rates on these aircraft, or secure replacement units at lower lease rates. The plan anticipates measured fleet growth through the period 2006-2008 with additional aircraft of the same type, as market demand dictates and economically feasible lease rates allow.

Hollis Harris, chairman and CEO, stated “The new fleet plan is confirmation of our success in positioning World Airways for measured growth with a wider array of service offerings for our customers. Both the 767-300ER on the passenger side and the 747-400SF on the cargo side will allow us to effectively compete for more commercial clients to augment our strong military business.”


The DC-10s come through BWI a lot on military charters, I'll be sad to see them go.



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User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5065 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3368 times:

So will the MD11s ultimately leave--the 763s can't match their range.


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User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7387 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3341 times:
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I was an FA for World for a few months last year. They're FA Bases are SEA and IAD. If you're based in SEA, you do mostly OSN, OKO, and DNA charters. The IAD base does charters FRF, KWI, NSY and so on.

Im looking at World Airways and trying to determine more about this carrier. Id like to know about the crew bases, what a flight attendant can expect, and if this is a good carrier to fly for. ANYTHING you want to share i am extremely appreciative of. I really mean ANYTHING... quality of crew hotels, work rules etc....

Are you thinking about going to their open house? They are a good company to work for. The junior base is SEA as opposed to the senior base IAD. SEA was more laid back I found. IAD is old school World all the way back from the days at OAK. The pay starts out at $20.54 an hour up to 65 hrs, then jumps to $28.30 over 65. SO the pay is competitive to scheduled carriers. The duty times are long, since most if not all trip in the bid packet are international. They don't have the extended duty rest like NW. If you do a SEA-OSN-SEA, they could send you right out again after your 12hrs rest is up. For hotels, and commuting, they give you a AMEX coporate card. Since very few of the trips leave from the base, you have to commute to wherever the trip is leaving from. SO you get a AMEX card. This is hassle with paperwork that you're supposed to keep track of. I didn't much care for it, to confusing. Reserve? Well they have a reserve rotation. Everyone is one reserve every 3rd month, they have a 3 dfferent types of reserve. 1) Home reserve- where you sit reserve from you home, usually goes somewhat senior. 2) Base reserve-Where you sit at base like what we have at NW. 3) Open flying- which is pretty much the same as Base reserve except for small, subtle differences. Trips are long and you must have a long fuse because you may be flying with the same people all month. That's some of the stuff I acan remember. I hope this helps. If you're going to the interview, they now require you to resign your seniority if you are furloughed. They didn't when I was there, but the last round of classes, my self included, the furloughed people they hired ended up quiting when they were recalled to DL, AA and such.








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User currently offlineClipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 679 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

I've been at World almost 11 years now and can say that it is really an experience. It's like no other airline in the world, literally. Only World can say that it's already been to KBL and SDA. Most of our operation is for AMC, Air Mobility Command. We have 1 MD-11 that operates 3x week from LAX and SEA to Japan, Okinawa and Korea. We have 1 DC-10-30 the operate 3x week out of NGU to the Med region. We have 1 MD-11 that operates R&R missions for the military from KWI to ATL and back every other day. Another 3 MD-11's operate what is called expansion flying. On these we will go to any number of bases here in the states and take entire groups of troops off to KWI and then bring back the ones who have finished their tour of duty. Still another MD-11 is wet-leased to an outfit called Sonair. They are the national airline of Angola. This a/c is specially outfitted in a 113 F config with the first 12 seats in their own compartment with sleeper beds. This a/c flies twice a week from IAH to LAD and once a week from IAH to SSG. Our passengers are oil workers on the rigs off the coasts of Angola and Equitorial Guinea who spend 4 weeks on the rigs and then 2 weeks home.

We have 3 MD-11F's that fly on wet-leases for China Air, EVA Air and Menlo Worldwide. At the present time all 3 are flying from the far east 9HKG, TPE) back to the states3 x week. Our 2 DC-10F's are flying for Menlo as well, 1 operating 5 x week DAY/LAX/DAY and the other 5x week DAY/BRU/DAY.

If you want to see the world, this is the place to be. You never know where your going to end up. Just as a comparison, I spent 29 years with Pan Am and can say that World operates to 70% more cities than Pan Am ever did. As for hiring and furloughing, that does not really happen here to much, especially over the past 2 years. We are one of the few airlines that has been making a profit and do not see any down turn in business for the near future. We will be taking delivery of more MD-11F's this winter and they are already scheduled to be flying the Orient.

Hope this gives a little enlightenment. This is a 56 year old airline that is a blast to work for.

Ed



Ed
User currently offlineATLhomeCMH From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 770 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3235 times:

Ed-

Just wanted to say that your airline gave me a wonderful experience when I returned home from Iraq last year. Keep up the outstanding job.

When I asked one of the f/a's about World Airways (basically the same question that started this thread), she joked and said, "World Airways flies where nobody else will." She said she personally had been to Aghanistan a couple times w/ World.

Just thought I'd share that.  Smile



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User currently offlineSATL382G From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3219 times:

Anybody know the latest on Worlds 767 acquisition?

SATL382G

A ground pounder who handled World acft at OSN, and some other places...


User currently offlineClipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 679 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3188 times:

ATLhomeCMH
Thanks for the compliments. Glad we were able to get you home safely. Her statement was correct. I have yet to come across a place we weren't able to either get into or at least near by. That's one of the things that makes this company so interesting. You never know from day to day what'll be next.

Ed



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