YamahaR1 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 16395 times:
Im currently working at Skywest Airlines as a FA,and have notice great changes in the last 4 months here. We have cancelled all training classes for the months of March/April so no more new hires to at least then. We have cut back on some routes,and they seem to have pretty good loads on them when i worked them esp BLI. Now whats in store next ,oil prices are still going to climb,mergers may or may not happen,routes are still going to get cut a least for the next 6 months maybe longer. I know regionals like Skywest are going to take the brunt of it. We were even sent a email the other day saying if anyone would like to take the month of April off without pay you may. But whats next in this industry FURLOUGHS (the big F word) ?????????
Xtoler From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 967 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 15813 times:
If I had just slightly less morals and wasn't married, I could have impregnated some of the single younger pilots I flew with. It's all fun and games until the "ol' lady" checks in. "No, it's just the TV, I'm not at the bar. No, it's someone else on this show I'm watching and his name is also Larry." I showed my wife this thread and she's getting a chuckle out of it too. After my wife was pregnant with our second daughter I had to quit the biz. It was pretty cool after my first daughter was born and they gave me maternity leave. I could have been the poster boy for "This day and age the FA's knock up the pilots."
As for the original post, all kidding aside, yeah, it's not looking good for any American carrier right now. It really sucks now that I actually have to pay full fare for tickets. I feel your pain, not just from the oil prices, but for market demand. We lost, what I thought were good routes, but couldn't fill seats up using a 50 pax jungle jet. We couldn't even fill what was left with our J41's either. With a lot of major companies either closing up shop or moving their operations to other places, or just outsourcing in some of the smaller towns we flew too, we lost a lot of business. Hopefully, the tide will turn and we'll have more business opporunities and open up the markets again, so we can go back to a larger logistics market. If that makes sense.
Once again, to the original poster keep your head up, things may change for the better. But also keep a current resume on hand if the the crap hits the fan. There is life outside of aviation, even though it's boring, but there is life out there.
EMB145 F/A, F/E, J41 F/A, F/E, because my wife clipped my wings, armchair captain
CBPhoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14635 times:
Well..according to another forum, there are indeed strong rumors in the training department that furloughs could happen at Skywest in the coming months. Although I have a feeling ASA will be harder hit then Skywest. There are a lot of unknowns right now, especially with the mergers and oil and economy, what will happen? Skywest is one of the best regionals out there, if they run into trouble then that can't be a good sign for things to come. There are also rumors that Expressjet may furlough as well. Of course the Aviation world is full of rumors and unless anything actually happens, then they will be just that, rumors. I start ground school for a regional here in 3 weeks and as nervous as I am for ground school, I think I just slightly more nervous for the industry. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens! Non the less..good luck to everyone that is in this business!
TheGreatChecko From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14539 times:
I think we are all watching and waiting to see what happens. All I can do is provide the best possible service to my passengers, save as much fuel as I can, and try to have some fun at work.
Furlough's are in the back of my mind and I'm starting to get the ball rolling so I'll have some sort of backup plan in order if it were to happen. Unfortunately at my company, it probably won't be furloughs if it were to come to that...
Whataboutme From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10895 times:
Quoting CBPhoto (Reply 9): I start ground school for a regional here in 3 weeks
Good Luck... I was just hired as a flight attendant for a regional, but I am not as worried about it. I think the big boys will rely on the regional. DL mentioned BLI and ISP are gone. Not profitable so (my thinking here) DL pulls some mainline on markets and use regional to fill those stops and park the mainline till the economy turns around.. This is going to be short lived.. (I HOPE)...
I am starting to be a strong supporter for mergers. I wasn't big on it a year ago, but the more I think about it, I really believe we need mergers.
SFO777200LR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10390 times:
Quoting LongbowPilot (Reply 11): LongbowPilot From United States, joined Jan 2005, 489 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted Sun Mar 16 2008 18:15:33 your local time (1 hour 59 minutes 48 secs ago) and read 1165 times:
Pregnant Flight Attendants is also known as Pilot Error!
Mayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 11044 posts, RR: 14
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10127 times:
Quoting TheGreatChecko (Reply 10): Quoting Shawn Patrick (Reply 7):
Interesting progression - what happened at Jetblue???
No worries, he's probably already at greener pastures.
I'm guessing the commute got to him. Flying to New York for work every week can get a bit tiring
That was part of it. They were expecting JetBlue to open a domicile in SLC but it didn't work out and the aforementioned commute was getting to him. Lynx Aviation (division of Frontier) made promises to get the pilots hired that soon were forgotten. Now he's flying corporate for a millionare in Sun Valley, ID where he'll make more money than any of those other jobs. He's also able, at times, to pickup ferrying Q-400's for Bombardier, usually fron DEN to YYZ. Picks up some good change doing that.
"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
Mtsuatc From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5745 times:
The big F word has hit us at BNA the 31st will be the last day for OO ground handling. In come DGS, with less staff than we have now. To all the Skywesters in here I just want to say that its been an honor, and a privlidge working with the flight crews in and out of here, and helping customers with whatever they needed. It will be a sad sad day watching the last departure taxi.
That was my friends halloween costume. I have pic's but I'll have to ask her if she'd mind me posting. Best thing was in my flight training mag we found a pic of a pilot in uniform with the following quote "I did it! You can too!" and we stapled that to her back.