Laxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 23446 posts, RR: 50 Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2731 times:
Continental and Continental Micronesia are legally two desperate companies and operate under two separate operating certificates. Pilots for CO Mike operations are provided by CO proper but CO Mike has its own flight attendants.
In addition route authorities are separate, with CO Mike holding extensive Far East rights which CO do not have.
You might have also notice CO Mike flights operate under a CMI callsign while regular CO flights use COA callsigns.
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
DxBrian From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 132 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 2682 times:
CO pilots who are not based on Guam can not fly the 737-800 on CMI routes. CMI pilots are likewise blocked from flying the -800 on CO routes. This was part of the latest contract.
The FA's are cross-trained in both CMI and COA procedures and work both 767-400 and 737-800 aircraft. 737 pairings for the FA's are mostly turns, with the exception of the island hopper flights which have layovers in HNL.
Most CMI employees are local hires, the exceptions are the pilots and the FAA required positions such as Dir of MX, Dir of QC, etc..
Pay scales are different, and not all CMI positions are a direct match for similar jobs at COA hubs. CMI employees do have full access to CO travel benefits.
CO to CS is a pretty seamless operation.
It truly is a seamless operation from the pax point of view . . . I've taken CO1/CO2 to/from GUM on a couple occasions . . . change of plane in HNL required . . . back in the day both aircraft were DC10s, but the Air Mike bird had much fewer BF seats . . . you'll see the same on the 764s today compared to their CO counterparts.
That said, I had one boarding pass for CO1 - IAH-GUM. Further, one bag claim check. Seamless from departure to arrival.
Cospn From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1542 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2620 times:
Most Non Narita Japan Flights are Tourists Bound for Guam, with some connecting to Palau,Bali, Cairns Australia, and Saipan....MNL-GUM is both Local and Connect traffic to HNL and IAH,EWR,and LAX....only US carriers to MNL are CO and NW...sometimes there will be a connect like MNL-GUM-SDJ/FUK...but not so often as there are many other carriers...However CO and NW and Online E-Tickets..can be purchased Cash(Western Union) or Credit card..so sometimes its a good option.,that..some other carriers out of MNL dont have...also CO has MNL-ROR, and MNL-SPN a few times a week
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16543 posts, RR: 52 Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2424 times:
Speaking of Guam, the economy on the Island is going to be getting a huge boost thanks to increasing Government spending.
The US and Japan recently agreed to move 6,000-8,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam, there is going to be Billions in new construction spending on the island to support the 8,000 Marines and the additional 8,000-10,000 dependents and contractors associated with the Marines.
Then there's Anderson Air Force Base which is a nonstop construction site, Anderson is being modernized to support forward deployed Expeditionary Wings of B-2, F-22, B-1 and B-52s as well as support aircraft (KC-135s, KC-10s, C-17s).
The Navy is not being left out either, they now have 4 Attack Submarines permanently based at Apra Harbor, it's being studied about bringing more subs and even some surface ships to be permanently stationed at Apra Harbor. The Navy also wants to move a Air Craft carrier to either Pearl Harbor Hawaii or Guam.
All together there's tens of Billions of new construction going on in Guam, with tens of thousands of new permanently statinoned Airman, Sailors and Marines plus their families and contractors that support their mission.
This will mean more business for CO/CS, especially on the Guam-Honolulu sector. I would not be surprised if that eventually goes double daily and it's possible CO would open a nonstop flight to the West Coast within the next 10 years.
DxBrian From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 132 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2356 times:
I left Air Mike for another job at the end of November last year, but at that time they had about 210 pilots. About 90 Captains and 120 FO's. The numbers are different due to having a few flights such as GUM-CNS and GUM-HKG which require a 3 man cockpit crew.
I could only make an educated guess at the number of FAs right now, though I could find out. It is in the neighborhood of 400. There is a standard crew of 3 FAs on the 737. Some flights have an extra flight attendant due to the length of the duty day/number of stops. The island hopper has 5 stops and is about a 16 hour duty day. They also have a 6 leg trip GUM-YAP-ROR-MNL-ROR-YAP-GUM that is 14-15 hours long. Then you have 8 FAs on the 767, with 2 daily r/ts to NRT, and the GUM-HNL-GUM trip and the HNL-NGO trips which are multi-day pairings.
Calpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 996 posts, RR: 14 Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2234 times:
There are 49 B737 Capt's, and 71 B737 FO's based on the island.
All the B767 flying through the Pacific is IAH, or EWR based pilots.
Quoting Centrair (Thread starter): Let's say I am an HNL based Continental Pilot flying between the mainland and HNL. I feel like a little change of pace and want to fly the routes out of GUM on CO Micronesia. Can I do it?
Well kind of; if your seniority can hold the bid lines, or you can trade for the trips then yes, you can fly the 767 all the way out. However, as I said you do this flying out of the IAH, EWR sub-base.
DxBrian From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 132 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2148 times:
I'll defer to Calpilot's numbers for cockpit crew. Looks like my memory was a little off, and I have not been with the company since Nov 28, 2005.
GUM is an interesting base for the pilots. Many of them really like it there, and bid accordingly to remain on the island. On the other hand, the bottom of the FO list is very junior. The staffing distribution will probably change in the next few years, as the pilots flying international flights(which includes the entire GUM base) took a couple of big hits in the last contract. There was a pretty nice hourly premium for pilots flying international flights, which was cut more than half. The international per diem was also cut.