LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27694 posts, RR: 50 Posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2291 times:
Life at the regionals is not so hot these days.
Quote: Republic Airways Announces Personnel Reductions
Friday July 11,
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Republic Airways Holdings, today announced it plans to reduce its workforce by approximately 500 employees or 10% of its current employment levels. This action is in response to changing market conditions and expected reductions in its small jet contract flying. The staff reductions will take place over the next several months.
"These reductions reflect our response to the actions our network partners are taking to reduce the size of their domestic hub operations in light of sustained, high fuel prices. The combined impacts of fewer aircraft flying and lower utilization rates on our smaller jet aircraft are leaving us with no choice but to adjust our business to current market conditions," said Bryan Bedford, Chairman, president and CEO of Republic Airways.
TOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3346 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2122 times:
Quoting Loggat (Reply 1): the E135's operating for DL will all be removed from service by Sept 30th (much faster than the originally scheduled pull down).
The 135's are leaving the DL fleet, there are 12 E170's from F9 parked in PIT, and UAL just gave notice to term the 145 contract. RP has been the darling of the regional industry for the past few years. This is a hiccup, they'll get past it quickly. They are actively looking for a way to fly the E190 for someone. Sooner or later, they'll find a way.....
LAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 27694 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2005 times:
Letter that came out on Friday.
Special Letter from Bryan Bedford
My dear co-workers,
It was 90 days ago that Frontier filed for Ch11 leading to the end of our very short-lived
partnership. Since April we have been extremely active trying to find other flying opportunities for the 17 affected E170 aircraft. Given the severe impact of high fuel costs and the industry’s planned capacity reductions this fall, it is now clear that there are very limited flying opportunities to put these aircraft back to work in the near term.
The significant flight reductions recently announced by all the network and LCC airlines will reduce
domestic capacity between 15% and 20% by year end. These flight reductions will also affect us.
We have been working with our partners to help share the burden of their hub realignments and
we have recently reached a tentative agreement with Delta to accelerate the pace of the E135
removals such that those aircraft will be removed from our operation by September 30th. In
addition, beginning this fall, we will see reductions in flying on our remaining small jet fleet with our
other partners. The combined impacts of fewer aircraft flying and lower utilization rates on our
remaining aircraft are leaving us with no choice but to respond to current market conditions.
We are all painfully aware that the significant increase in the price of fuel has had a major impact
on the profitability of all our partners and indeed everyone in the aviation industry. I think there
was a lot of hope that the nature of our marketing agreements would mostly insulate us from the
direct negative consequences of $150 crude oil prices. And for the most part that has been the
case. But given the difficulty we are having quickly putting the Frontier aircraft back to work,
combined with the other actions our partners are taking, it is now clear we are meaningfully over
staffed for the immediate future. Thus, as a result of these unexpected and unforeseen business
circumstances, we are making the hard decision today to furlough some of our employees in order
to right-size our staffing levels to our current and expected flight levels.
Today, WARN Act notices are being sent to any employee (or their appropriate union
representative) that maybe affected by these difficult staffing decisions. These include potential
furloughees, employees that will be downgraded and employees that will be offered relocation to a
different domicile. For employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) the actual
furlough notices will be sent in accordance with the appropriate CBA. All other employees will be
notified of their status within the next 30 days. Along with these notices there will be a FAQ sheet
that will hopefully address the most commonly asked questions. This information will be
periodically updated via a posting on our intranet site.
We are also performing a top down review of all expenses and business processes. Our overhead
expenses, including administrative staffing, will also need to be realigned for the current market
conditions. We will ask our many vendors and business partners to participate in this realignment
of our business. We simply must weed out all unnecessary and non-productive costs and work processes to become a leaner, more efficient organization. Our airline partners demand it and the
current industry reality requires it.
None of these actions were taken lightly. In fact, it has been a struggle to reach this point where
we felt compelled to take these steps. We have also tried to err on the side of limiting the
furloughs to the fewest number possible to accomplish the planned flying levels with the highest
degree of safety and reliability and to be able to quickly respond to new flying opportunities if they arise.
To me, this feels very much like what we were facing in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 and
like 9-11, this is a very painful step for Republic. It’s a very unpleasant reminder that we are not
immune from the difficult market conditions affecting our partners and their employees. However,
like 9-11, we must stay focused on providing our partners with safe and reliable service at a fair
price. We must work harder than ever and work more closely together to resize our business and
get our people back to work as soon as possible. And this we will do; your management team will
work tirelessly to get all of our people back to work and to position our airline to begin to grow and
prosper once the industry adjusts to high oil prices and shrinking domestic capacity. This is my
promise to each of you.
Finally, considering the magnitude of this decision, we also feel now is simply not the right time to
have a party or a celebration. So we have also made another very difficult decision to cancel this
years Circle of Stars employee recognition and awards banquet. This decision has nothing to do
with the hard work and many accomplishments of our award winners or our 10+ year employees.
However, considering the severity of the decision to furlough any of our employees, it just seemed
irreverent and inappropriate to go ahead and have a big party. Instead of spending time to plan a
party, we will channel 110% of our energy into trying to avoid having to complete these furloughs.
I know so many of you have been praying for me and our management team to find the wisdom to
get us through these extraordinarily difficult times and to avoid the need to take the very actions
we are announcing today. Please know that we will continue to work hard to find solutions to the
challenges our industry is facing, and we will not rest until we have all our people safely back to
work. I will continue to pray that God will bless you and your families and our airline and I ask for
your continued prayers, especially for those of our co-workers who maybe affected by this
From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California