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How's Air Wisconsin's Transition Going?  
User currently offlineOrdramper98 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1787 times:

Just curious how the Air Wisconsin/ US Airways express flights are doing? Are they on-time? I'm sure they will have some glitches with all the changes going on.
I will miss them at UA. I'm wondering how long it will take UA Management to figure out they made a huge mistake. Back in 1993 when they booted out the ZW prop operation, it took them about 5 years to swallow their pride and bring them back. This time they totally gave up the #1 UAX partner (IMHO) we had. Skywest is OK, but the others leave a lot to be desired.

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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1724 times:

Quoting Ordramper98 (Thread starter):
Are they on-time?

Well, considering the weather here in the Northeast last week, I'm sure their on-time ratings took a huge hit with the flow controls for PHL every day.

Just flew them last night on a quick hop from IAD-ABE on UA-X. Still the best carrier you guys at UA have got, without a doubt. The only regional that can touch AWAC is ExpressJet, but that's because of Continental being the mother of that child.


User currently offline146CREW From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

They are running okay. Controllable completion needs to improve. As you said there will be some "glitches" until all 70 CRJ200 aircraft are transitioned over to the "brighter" side. Thanks for asking, it's nice to know people are still following us.


Cross check complete.
User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

Quoting Tornado82 (Reply 1):
but that's because of Continental being the mother of that child.

...and the ERJ's, instead of CRJ's. Forgot that part.  Smile


User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1712 times:

So far it is alright. But there will be some bad days. I think it will be OK when all is said and done. I have worked out of PHL for a month and it has been a pleasant surprise - it is a vastly better airport than IAD.

I will be curious how things look in 6 months. I think it will be alright.



smrtrthnu
User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

Saab2000, 146CREW, or others...

How many CRJ's are painted over to the US scheme now? Are the only AWAC jets flying for US the ones that are completely painted over, or is there some kind of interim quasi-United scheme running too??

Also, is there any interior updates planned for any of the fleet? The UA-X/AWAC CRJ-200 I flew last night had these odd looking seats that looked like the vinyl seats in my grandfather's old 70-something El Camino when I was a tiny little kid. Shocking to see a plane as relatively new as a CRJ-200 with such ratty looking seats, despite the rest of the bird looking relatively good.

Also, if either of you guys flew or know who flew the IAD-ABE flight at 10pm Sunday night... that was one of the most impressive landings I've ever had, especially considering the winds, and that it was the visual approach over Bethlehem into short little r/w 31.


User currently offlineCfijames From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

As far as I know, things are very good. I have an interview with them for FO position on the 27th. They are really hiring a lot of pilots. Many of the DEN and ORD pilots are leaving due to the domicile closures. Theyre hiring mostly for PHL, but also Reagan and Norfolk. Theyre not going to be flying the 146 for too much longer.


There are 3 simple rules for making a perfect landing every time. Its a shame that no one knows what they are.
User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1622 times:

We are changing the color scheme over as fast as possible. I don't think that there will be any big interior changes, but some refreshing is possible.

Some of the older planes are close to 10 years old now I think. They were not all new with AWAC and some are showing their age, especially the interiors.

I did not fly to ABE. I have been there, but not for a couple months. Thanks for the compliments though!! Glad to hear our colleagues are doing a great job!

And yes, we are recruiting pilots. There is pretty high attrition at the moment for a number of reasons. But let's emphasize: we are hiring. Not everyone is at the moment. I hope it keeps up because I wish to upgrade soon!!!!



smrtrthnu
User currently offlinePHLAUA From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

I really love the new scheme on the CRJ. While driving down I-95 on my way home from work, I usually see 4-5 in the new scheme at terminal F. Too bad we won't ever see the 146s.  Sad

Jeff


User currently offlineApodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4124 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

Quoting Tornado82 (Reply 5):
How many CRJ's are painted over to the US scheme now? Are the only AWAC jets flying for US the ones that are completely painted over, or is there some kind of interim quasi-United scheme running too??

I can answer that. We have 33 planes in USAirways paint right now. AC 404-419, 425, and 450-466 are in USAirways paint at the moment. All the others are still in United Paint. AC439 is still in the hybrid airtran scheme, that United didn't want us to waste time painting over when the airtran deal ended.

Quoting Cfijames (Reply 6):
As far as I know, things are very good. I have an interview with them for FO position on the 27th. They are really hiring a lot of pilots. Many of the DEN and ORD pilots are leaving due to the domicile closures. Theyre hiring mostly for PHL, but also Reagan and Norfolk. Theyre not going to be flying the 146 for too much longer.

Hope you do well. If you get in, part of initial training is to sit down with a dispatcher and observe him for two hours. I love having new hire pilots sit with me. And there have been a lot of cute females hired recently as fo's also.  Smile

Quoting Saab2000 (Reply 7):
And yes, we are recruiting pilots. There is pretty high attrition at the moment for a number of reasons. But let's emphasize: we are hiring. Not everyone is at the moment. I hope it keeps up because I wish to upgrade soon!!!!

From the numbers I have seen, you should be able to move to the left seat pretty soon. One problem recently is a lot of the captains who have left have been replaced by ultra senior guys who have been displaced off the 146. But giving the amount of Junior Manning I have seen lately, they will be moving a lot of people to the left seat pretty quickly. If you drop me a line, I can give you some advice that will help you when you do get to the left seat based on things I have seen in dispatch.


User currently offlineSaab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

I have also heard that we have a bid out on some 90-seat flying with US Airways. That would have to be on the CRJ-900 due to the new scope clause I guess though.

Anyway, I'll believe it when I am sitting in one, lined up for take-off.



smrtrthnu
User currently offlineJ32driver From United States of America, joined May 2000, 399 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

The interiors are all brand new for the USAirways side. The seat pattern in the UAL side is actually owned by UAL and can't be used for anyone else. Result, all the USAirways planes get brand new seat covers and carpeting. They look much better.

As for the "El Camino" leather on the UAL side, that is an ex Midway bird that still had the Midway blue leather seats in them. They were pretty rough, but It will be replaced when it makes the transition to the USAirways system.

As for the status of the transition with USAirways, I'd just like to say thank you to every single USAirways person I've come in contact with. All of you have been extremely pleasant to deal with and are obviously busting your butts to make things run. THANK YOU!


User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1390 times:

Quoting J32driver (Reply 11):
As for the "El Camino" leather on the UAL side, that is an ex Midway bird that still had the Midway blue leather seats in them.

Out of curiosity... how many are like that? Or was I on the lucky one and only?


User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 44
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

Quoting Saab2000 (Reply 10):
I have also heard that we have a bid out on some 90-seat flying with US Airways.

Everyone and their brother has bid on the 90-seat flying for US.  Smile

Quoting Saab2000 (Reply 10):
Anyway, I'll believe it when I am sitting in one, lined up for take-off.

Smart idea.



I'm the expert on here on two things, neither of which I care about much anymore.
User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

I just put a bid in for 90 seat flying. Tornado Air. We're buying the old NW DC-9's.  shhh   silly 

User currently offlineSLUAviator From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 357 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

Hey Bill W.... how is MSN going? I know this is an old thread, but I think you will read it when you see a new post! I never had a chance to ask you for your e-mail address before we closed ORD.... when you get the chance, send me a message so I can get a hold of you sometime!


What do I know? I just fly 'em.......
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