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Longest Serving UA FA Retiring  
User currently offlinejoemac547 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 119 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 16881 times:
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Ron Akana, who has been a United Flight Attendant 63 years worked his last flight on Sunday. News reports state that he flew out to to HNL as crew chief and will be flying back with his family as a passenger. I just wanted to say Thank You for all the years of hard work and to wish him a long and enjoyable retirement!

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User currently offlinetrex8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 4774 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 16632 times:
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UA is my "regular' carrier and I also salute Ron for his service and I don't want to sound ageist but isn't there a safety issue with having someone who must be in their early 80s trying to evacuate pax off a plane?

User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 15792 times:

Quoting trex8 (Reply 1):
UA is my "regular' carrier and I also salute Ron for his service and I don't want to sound ageist but isn't there a safety issue with having someone who must be in their early 80s trying to evacuate pax off a plane?

If they continue to pass their recurrent checks and safety qualifications, I don't see a problem.



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User currently onlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5629 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 15719 times:

There was a video tribute to him a few months back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wki_xOZtKxQ

How many years has seniority #2 on the sUA side worked? I ask because Norma Heape (#1 at sCO) has 55 years seniority and I was wondering if she would drop down the scale slightly when the flight attendants are integrated



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User currently offlineItalianFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1099 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 15477 times:

I had the pleasure of working with him in two different, Onboard related, capacities. Ron is a true gentleman and class act, I wish him well in his retirement

User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 13156 posts, RR: 100
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 15478 times:
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Quoting jetblast (Reply 2):
If they continue to pass their recurrent checks and safety qualifications, I don't see a problem.

   But the pension would have been maxed out...

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User currently offlineGman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 15422 times:

The Top 10 has changed a bit over the last 5 years or so...So # 2 has not been at 2 long. When seniority is merged, # 1 on the CO side will probably be between # 5 and # 10.

User currently offlineCONTACREW From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 15414 times:

Ron took the early out package on the sUA side of the operation. I believe 100 some odd FA's took the early out packages. Anyway Ron was the most senior FA to retire, while a 1997 hire I believe was the most junior FA to take the early out. Also 3 FA's on a recent SYD - SFO flight retired as well.


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User currently offlinemilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2001 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 11632 times:

Congrats to Ron Akana, a true gentleman, who lived the American Dream, on United Air Lines. He probably flew the HNL trips his entire career as the stewards were first hired to work the Stratocruisers (B-377) that United only operated on its Hawaii routes. The Strats were replaced by the DC-7's in 1954. If he only flew the Hawaii flights, then he probably only flew these aircraft: B-377, DC-6, DC-6B, DC-7, DC-8, DC-8-61, DC-8-62, 747-122, 747-222, 747-21SP, L-1011-500, 747-422, 777-222, 767-322, 757-222. Did I miss any? Did UA ever operate the DC-4 to HNL?

User currently offlineDarkSnowyNight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1367 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 11091 times:

Quoting milesrich (Reply 8):
If he only flew the Hawaii flights, then he probably only flew these aircraft: B-377, DC-6, DC-6B, DC-7, DC-8, DC-8-61, DC-8-62, 747-122, 747-222, 747-21SP, L-1011-500, 747-422, 777-222, 767-322, 757-222. Did I miss any? Did UA ever operate the DC-4 to HNL?

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User currently offlinequiet1 From Thailand, joined Apr 2010, 357 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9087 times:

Quoting CONTACREW (Reply 7):
I believe 100 some odd FA's took the early out packages. Anyway Ron was the most senior FA to retire, while a 1997 hire I believe was the most junior FA to take the early out. Also 3 FA's on a recent SYD - SFO flight retired as well.

Over 1,000 took the Early Out package. FYI, only F/A's with 15+ years service were eligible to bid for the Early Out, so 1997 seniority was the most junior that *could* take it.


User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5003 posts, RR: 43
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7678 times:

Wow, what an amazing career. My heartiest congratulations to him.

Imagine, get a couple beers into him around the campfire ... the stories would be incredible!



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User currently offlineCONTACREW From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7652 times:

Quoting quiet1 (Reply 10):
Over 1,000 took the Early Out package. FYI, only F/A's with 15+ years service were eligible to bid for the Early Out, so 1997 seniority was the most junior that *could* take it.

Thanks for correcting me. I had no idea why I thought it was 100, I knew it was alot more then that.



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User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1244 posts, RR: 20
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7344 times:

A buddies Mom who has 50 years as a UA FA is doing her last trip right now to KWI. Unsure if she took the Early Out. From the sounds of it based on the timing from what you guys are posting. I believe she did take the Early Out.

User currently offlineCONTACREW From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 7206 times:

3 FAs that recently did IAD - PEK took the early out as well.


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User currently offlinefalkerker From Seychelles, joined Apr 2012, 163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6448 times:

Quoting milesrich (Reply 8):
The Strats were replaced by the DC-7's in 1954. If he only flew the Hawaii flights, then he probably only flew these aircraft: B-377, DC-6, DC-6B, DC-7, DC-8, DC-8-61, DC-8-62, 747-122, 747-222, 747-21SP, L-1011-500, 747-422, 777-222, 767-322, 757-222.

I bet many of us would kill (so to speak) to have flown most of these beauties.

Quoting longhauler (Reply 11):
Imagine, get a couple beers into him around the campfire ... the stories would be incredible!

I hope his grandchildren hear everything he has to tell! I would be delighted to hear a couple of anecdotes from such an experienced flyer.


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4862 times:

Quoting milesrich (Reply 8):
747-21SP

I'm not sure if the -SP was ever on the Hawaii routes. And add the DC-10-10 to that list.

[Edited 2012-08-28 12:18:28]


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User currently offlineVC10er From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 2912 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4819 times:
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He is a member of the greatest generation. I envy his drive, willpower and grace. He is a true gentleman. I would want Mr Akana as my FA over a Singapore girl anyday. He made First...First. I only recall having him as my FA once, but that was all it took.

Thanks Mr Akana, I hope Mr Smisek gives you the proper send off!



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User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4601 times:

Does anyone know if he exclusively rostered himself on the Hawaii trips or did he have other routes he frequented as well? Just curious what kind of roster an airline's most senior F/A might go for 


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User currently onlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5629 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4451 times:

Quoting jetblast (Reply 18):
Does anyone know if he exclusively rostered himself on the Hawaii trips or did he have other routes he frequented as well?

Per the clip I posted in Reply 3 he exclusively flew DEN-HNL



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User currently offlineGman3 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 290 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4246 times:

Quoting jetblast (Reply 18):
Does anyone know if he exclusively rostered himself on the Hawaii trips or did he have other routes he frequented as well? Just curious what kind of roster an airline's most senior F/A might go for

It varies... but in a general sense, I beleive Ron only did Hawaii while based in DEN as he is from Hawaii and its one of the only "International" trips out of DEN... The most senior FAs are mostly in ORD and Asia seems to be the destination of choice... Different bases have different choices for the upper ranks. In NY, Rome an Istanbul are now the most senior


User currently offlineMax Q From United States of America, joined May 2001, 4552 posts, RR: 19
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4234 times:

Quoting joemac547 (Thread starter):
News reports state that he flew out to to HNL as crew chief

Don't think he was ever a crew chief !



Good for him though



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User currently offlineCONTACREW From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4202 times:

Quoting Max Q (Reply 21):
Don't think he was ever a crew chief !



Good for him though

They probably meant chief purser.



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User currently offlinehereandthere41 From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3866 times:

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):

If I'm not mistaken, Norma Heape will now be No. 1 on the integrated seniority list. Pre-integration and pre-buyout, I believe she stands at No. 4 behind 3 s-UA flight attendants. Then again, who knows if she will stick around long enough until integration. It could be a number of years before that happens. She may also decide to retire...who knows?
I flew with Mr. Akana a few years ago on a SFO-OGG 3 day trip. DEN has very little "international (incl. Hawaii) flying. The 3 DEN crew deadheaded DEN-SFO, joined 4 SFO crew on SFO-OGG. 30 hour layover, then the same in reverse. He was our Purser on a 2-class 767-300. Always the consummate professional, I was very honored to work under his leadership. Being almost half his age, I did NOT have do any more than my fair share of work. Ron was a fantastic Purser.


User currently offlinemilesrich From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2001 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3645 times:

Quoting United_fan (Reply 16):
I'm not sure if the -SP was ever on the Hawaii routes. And add the DC-10-10 to that list.

I thought that I had included the DC-10, but although I included it in my thoughts, I didn't type it out, Thanks for the correction. I believe that UA operated both DC-10-10 and DC-10-30 aircraft into HNL.


25 United_fan : Yes,the -10-10 was the first (obviously) from the West Coast,and the -30 was the last from ORD til they ended in 2001.
26 EagleBoy : Long Asian dests are probably mean less monthly trips........I read a report a year or 2 ago about DL from Atlanta. The Dubai was the chosen by the t
27 longhauler : The most senior F/A flying at AC are the long single day trips. YYZ-SFO-YYZ, YYZ-BGI-YYZ, YYZ-UVF-YYZ, etc. Then they are often only working 7 days a
28 Post contains links Viscount724 : Norma Heape video from 2010. Age 74 then with 53 years CO service, so she must be 76 now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuaJSKZ7EeM
29 gigneil : I hear tell that Donna, at least, was sorta dragged through RET. She couldn't even close her fingers around a beverage glass or move the cart on her
30 DarkSnowyNight : Can't believe I forgot that that one. But then I guess I never did work any of those trips. I'd always thought that the -30s were pretty much just fo
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