selmer40 From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 31 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2558 times:
Pinnacle's web page does not have anything about base closing but, word around town says Pinnacle is closing both the pilot base and the flight attendant base at MEM April 1. With the already announced closing of the ATL base in May, that would leave bases at MSP, DTW and JFK.
... if 9E is planning on keeping the FWA MX base open, planes will have to be flown in from DTW and MSP. MSP is a good route for a 9E CR9, and I expect it to get upgraded whether the FWA MX base stays or not, but DTW is a mixed bag. It's a short flight for a CR9, yet then again, UA/S5 runs E170s on SBN-ORD which is shorter than FWA-DTW.
I checked delta.com, and it looks like there will still be one 9E CR2 flight from FWA-ATL and back from May onward, not surprisingly timed for an RON at FWA for MX. The other two departures will be EV CR2s. I suspect that the lone 9E departure will come in from somewhere else to ATL before heading to FWA for MX.
FWA-DTW goes all-9E with the ATL base closure (DTW was a mix of 9E and EV) and FWA-MSP remains 9E, as always. So 9E FWA MX will still have plenty of planes to work on.
Plenty to love at FWA from my perspective: 15 minutes from the city center, quick and cheap parking, free Wi-Fi (I can't believe that some airports still charge for Wi-Fi), very good restaurant facilities by small airport standards, and free cookies once you step off the plane.
I'm not sure how Crew base closings/transfers and so on are handled, but the indications are that the Pinnacle Flight Attendants either choose one of three crew bases or voluntarily resign. Resignation will leave them without the ability to draw on unemployment benefits. Could be a tough choice for some of them.....!
toltommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3220 posts, RR: 4 Reply 19, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 614 times:
I don't see what the big deal is. Yes the base is closing, and you may have to move or commute. Tons of crewmembers do it every day. I'm sure that it is all spelled out in their new contract. There's likely even a commuter policy as well, which gives them some protection as long as they follow the policy. But it really doesn't sound that different than anyone else who has been thru a corporate relocation.