FWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3165 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2112 times:
While we hear about the new livery progress, product integration, fleet planning, and other issues, it's been pretty mum on the United/Continental Express front when it comes to ground contractors.
I remember hearing several months ago that UA was putting all the United Express and Continental Express/Connection ground up for rebidding around this time. This is much like what happened during the DL/NW merger integration. How is the UA/CO ground handling switch happening at Express stations? Is it being rebid at dual UA/CO, UA-only, and CO-only stations? Close to home, I heard very recently from my ex-UA friend that at FWA (which only has UAX - CO left in 2009), UAX ground is going back to SkyWest at FWA on April 1st. This is being done after a three-year stint with Regional Elite. Meanwhile, at SBN (dual UA/CO), Air Wisconsin handles UAX and Regional Elite handles CO Connection. Although I have no idea who UA will consolidate with at SBN, one can bet that CO flights will no longer check in at the DL counter shortly.
There's plenty of other airports affected by this rebidding. How about yours?
ABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 832 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2053 times:
CRP is in, along with all the Expressjet, ground stations. Same with AMR Eagle stations that handle COex. From what I understand it will be sometime later in the year before the process is done, so for now I know I have a job. CO already had Expressjet running a lean operation, since all the contracts were just renegotiated last year. In the agreement for CRP it was 5 heads per turn. 1 Counter/1 Gate/3 Ramp is how we are set up. We have no Supervisor and the manager is not part of the head count. We did have a CO Manager and Supervisor, but with the UA merger they have gone job hunting. I have heard that EV has had trouble in the past with its contracts so needless to say I am concerned with our merger into EV that I may be doing the same thing the CO manager is doing. Maybe now would be a good time to get out of the industry after 26 years. I feel like Im going backwards lately.