Thepilot730 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 78 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3404 times:
Just went to planejobs.com and noticed that Virgin America has posted job openings for A-320 pilots. Interviews will begin on March 1 and it states that the crew bases will be at SFO. Also states that they will begin hiring 100 pilots. Here is the link, but I don't know if it will work since it is a paid site.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3094 times:
Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 2):
We don't even know if this airline can/will get off the ground yet...someone please stop the foreign ownership.
Branson/The Virgin Group will take the maximum ownership stake that is currently allowed by the Federal Government. The airline industry is the only industry in America that still has such a restrictive foreign ownership rule. We've got railroads owned by Canadian firms, we've got shipping lines owned by foreign corporations, why is the government so afraid of letting the airline industry have similar allowances?
Cadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9103 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2717 times:
Quoting VgnAtl747 (Reply 5): Someone's afraid that a modern branded airline might actually enter the US market with a decent product, and force some of our current carriers to actually provide better service.
So? whats wrong with that? Its about dammed time someone whips this industry into shape.
Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
727forever From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 798 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2568 times:
Quoting Srbmod (Reply 4): Branson/The Virgin Group will take the maximum ownership stake that is currently allowed by the Federal Government. The airline industry is the only industry in America that still has such a restrictive foreign ownership rule. We've got railroads owned by Canadian firms, we've got shipping lines owned by foreign corporations, why is the government so afraid of letting the airline industry have similar allowances?
A is one significant difference between an airline and the other industries that you mention. Airlines must participate in the Civil Reserve Air Fleet program. This is a program that allows the U.S. military to contract the use of U.S. Airliners to transport troops and supplies during a time of war. Let's suppose that we allow foreign ownership to take place. If we allow it for one we have to allow it for all. So if say Iran, North Korea, and Syria want to buy/start an U.S. airline they could. All are "axis of evil" partners (not getting political here just using G.W.s enemies as an example). Now lets say that they bring in their own crews and totally undercut all the other airlines and take control of the U.S. airline industry. How likely do think it will be that they will allow their airplanes to be used in the CRAF program when G.W. Bush decides bring the War on Terrorism to them?
Before everyone gets all excited about Virgin America and quits their current jobs to go be part of the new team, find out what you'd be getting yourself into.
1. What do they plan to pay you? SFO is a very expensive place to live, hope it's better than poverty RJ wages.
2. What are the schedules going to be like?
3. What kind of Retirement/Insurance is going to be offered?
I know I'm going to get flamed for my thoughts here, but these are all valid questions to ask. Branson and now his new "mini me" Don Carty have horrible pasts with regards to employee relationships.
It's great to be excited about a new airline, but this one stinks.