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UA Crews Go To Nascar Pit Crew Training School!  
User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4051 times:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060325/news_lz1n25read.html

United and TED are sending their crews to NASCAR pit crew training schools to learn how to improve efficiency and shorten turn-around times.

Interesting thought - we shall see if my next UA flight pushes away from the gate faster next time!!


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User currently offlineDreamflight767 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3975 times:
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I could be way off base here...

But I thought Union rules prohibit one kind of job from helping/doing another kind of job. For example the pilots can't help with ticketing or baggage and the FAs can't help with cleaning.

So if Union rules prohibit this, why would UA send their crews for "efficiency" when I'm sure they are doing their own jobs as fast as they can already.

Just a thought, feel free to run with it.


User currently offlineCsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3959 times:

Does this mean if a UA baggage cart is hit by a AA baggage cart that the driver of the UA cart will throw his ear protection at the AA cart?


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User currently offlineMbm3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 853 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 3944 times:
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Quoting Dreamflight767 (Reply 1):
So if Union rules prohibit this, why would UA send their crews for "efficiency" when I'm sure they are doing their own jobs as fast as they can already.

I am sure that the UA crews could learn some new approaches to the way they operate. NASCAR crews are simply amazing - can you imagine changing 4 tires, filling up with fuel, changing the suspension and cleaning the wind screen in 15 seconds?

Maybe UA will not be much faster, but they may find ways to achieve their goals in an easier or more streamlined fashion.

Quoting Csturdiv (Reply 2):
Does this mean if a UA baggage cart is hit by a AA baggage cart that the driver of the UA cart will throw his ear protection at the AA cart?

 Smile Let's just hope they don't start bump drafting 777s down the taxiway...



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13202 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3923 times:

UA's ramp service people learning to improve efficiency in turn arounds of airline flights by observing NASCAR pit crews is a pretty good idea. While it won't mean they can get the planes out in 15 seconds, they could learn from the strict organization and coordination, staffing, specificy of assignments, and many small things to improve efficency that these pit crews do to help their driver/car win. It could make these workers consider how they could adapt what they learn to their work and slice maybe several minutes in turnaround time, reduce delays and make sure everything is done and done right.

User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3917 times:

Next they'll sell sponsorships on the fuselage in order to raise funds...

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User currently offlineStirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

I am very impressed by this forward type thinking. If this is an example of the way the new United will be doing things; thinking outside the box; searching for answers in unexpected places; realizing there is more than one way to skin a cat; realizing the way they've been doing things all these years is not necessarily the right way.....there might be hope for the airline after-all.


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User currently offlineASTROJET707 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 299 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

I am not a UA fan, but good for management for "thinking outside the box".

AJ707


User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3891 times:

Quoting Stirling (Reply 6):

Well said!


I agree it is a good idea. Granted the two jobs do not have much in common but if you want to find a job that has some excellent efficency, nascar might be the ticket.



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User currently offline3201 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3870 times:

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 5):
Next they'll sell sponsorships on the fuselage in order to raise funds...


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