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User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

Has anyone here worked for Chicago Express/ATA Connection? They're opening a new station here and looking for CSAs. I've read up on the company and they seem relatively solid. Post-9/11 expansion is a good sign for a company which seems conservative. I'd love to hear about any experience you may have had with them.

Thanks,

Joe

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User currently offlineAA777-200 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 322 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2806 times:

Hey if ya work for them, you will be able to work at the counter next to me! Tomorrow Apr29th they are having open interviews at the airport.

User currently offlineALSF 2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 89 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2775 times:

The company is a small-medium sized regional airline(top 20), with financial power of a large regional airline due to the fact that AMTRAN owns them (the holding company of Chicago Express, and ATA). A solid profitable airline with LOTS of growth on the horizon. Working as a CSA at one of the stations, has its fun times and not so fun times, but just ask any other CSA of another similar sized regional at your airport (American Conn, US Airways Exp, Mesaba, etc...). You get lots of flight benifits, but when the plane comes in, you do everything!! Some people like it, some do not, but that's every job! Good luck!

Cheers.


User currently offlineSkyway1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

Jjbiv,

I just got hired on at Chicago Express here in Dayton. I worked for Skyway until late last year when I got furloughed. Of course there are airlines here I would rather work for(nobody is hiring), but the Chicago Express operation looks pretty solid to me! Should be starting this week. You can email me and maybe I can give you more info a little later on!

Regards
Chris  Smile


User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2731 times:

Thanks a lot everyone for your help. I got hired at TOL and will be training with the FNT crew in June (starting May 29th I believe). This looks like a great company.

joe
jjbiv@hotmail.com


User currently offlineALSF 2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 89 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2702 times:

Good luck joe!
I hope everything goes well for you there in TOL... Maybe I'll see you there when service starts.

Cheers.


User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

Thank you for the kind words. With 11 a/c, I'm sure we'll bump into each other  Laugh out loud I'm as aspiring pilot, so I'd be glad to pick your brain any day!

Feel free to drop me an email.

take care,

joe


User currently offlineFly_ATA From United States of America, joined May 2001, 616 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2685 times:

word is that 2 more C8 cities will be annouced within the next two weeks! I wonder what they will be ??

User currently offlineSkyway1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

Hey Fly_ATA, maybe I can dig some dirt up on those new cities this weekend. I do know C8 is adding a 7th daily MDW-DAY on June 1st I believe.

Regards
Chris  Smile


User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

Just make sure you keep LOW when hooking up the GPU to the plane.. it's below the right wing where it meets the fuselage (sorta, more inside).. the GPU is normally driven along the back of the wing and turn once you get to the fuselage... (well, that's how we did it @ XJ)...

although it's nice and warm in the winter :P :P

-n


User currently offlinePSU.DTW.SCE From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 7521 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

Congrats on getting the job

Have fun disconnecting the GPU on those Saabs....you better like large spinning props being just feet away from you. Actually, if things pan out right next year, I may be doing the same sort of work.


User currently offlineBoyshane From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 128 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2645 times:

Hey,

I just got hired for Continental Express here in Madison... i'm really excited! I know it's off topic a bit but Chicago Express flies up here but they had no job openings. I was happy to get the job because I graduate on May 24th for HS and they are shipping me down to Houston and Newark for 5 weeks of training, all expenses paid... I can't wait. I think that the Express/Connection airlines are great because the benefits include their parent airlines. So if you are looking for a job with Chicago Express- go for it.

-Shane


User currently offlineFly_ATA From United States of America, joined May 2001, 616 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

Goodluck to the new C8 Employees and welcome aboard!!

User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2642 times:

oh one other thing.. the doors like to slide down on the B Plus models.. i'm not sure what C8 has... make sure you PUSH that door all the way up and in or you'll really really really get hurt (weighs about 70#s)...

-n


User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2623 times:

Thanks for the tips. It seems like the GPU connection could have been placed anywhere on the aircraft, but they had to put it in the same general area as a prop? Engineers never cease to amaze me  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Good luck to all the other newbies!

We're opening a new station here, so I'm pumped for all the "excitement" we'll see not known our heads from our rears for the first little while  Laugh out loud

joe


User currently offlineSkyway1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

Yeah the GPU connection is almost in the same spot on the Beech 1900D's. Once I was waiting to disconnect and when the pilot started the N1 engine the GPU caught on fire because the cord was frayed right where it went into the back of the machine. Scared the living s**t out of me! Here in Dayton Skyway and C8 operate out of the same gate so I have watched them work the Saab's for awhile. BTW, why do they leave the N1 feathered while on the ground loading passengers? Good luck to you Jjbiv and maybe I'll see you in training!

Regards
Chris  Smile


User currently offlineALSF 2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 89 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2612 times:

Jjbiv....

Don't let everyone scare you about the GPU location with the prop. I don't know the way everyone else with Saabs works it, but the GPU is all the way in the rear area of the fuselage. Chicago Express' procedure is that they ALWAYS park the GPU next to the NON-OPERATING engine, so you disconnect NOWHERE near the running engine, and it's long gone before that other engine starts! The will train you, it will be second nature after a while. Enjoy!

Cheers...


User currently offlineALSF 2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 89 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2604 times:

Skyway1...

The answer to you're question is... They keep engine 2 running on the ground sometimes to act as a "poor-man's APU." With that engine running they can keep the a/c pumping through the cabin, electrical completly on, etc... It also keeps the ground time to a min (only have to start one and you're gone!!). It works really well!!

Cheers....

P.S.- The original Saab 340's came with a prop brake, so you could flip a switch and like the disc brakes on your car, and a pad would slow that prop to a stop but the jet engine would still be running inside. But that caused worlds of problems inside, so the discontinued it. oh well! good idea!


User currently offlineSkyway1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

ALSF 2,

Thanks for the info on the prop feathering. I have to fly up to Midway next Monday for orientation.(How wonderful, 5:35 AM originator too!) Any chance your rotating through Dayton anytime soon? BTW, I heard to beware of a pilot named Monica? Could you shed some light on that issue? Thanks again and maybe we'll bump into each other.

Regards
Chris  Smile


User currently offlineALSF 2 From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 89 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2581 times:

Skyway1...
Don't make any judgements on anyone unless you have met them personally, I know Monica and she's great!!

Cheers...


User currently offlineJjbiv From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1226 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2574 times:

ALSF,

Thanks for explaining the GPU placement. That makes much more sense, and, after looking at pictures here, I'm much more comfortable. Watch out if you're flying to Indy in June...newbies from TOL and FNT will be all over the ramp Big grin

joe


User currently offlineSkyway1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Thanks for all the info on the C8 operation! I have made no judgements about anybody in the operation there. I was just asking a question based on what another employee said. No worries there! BTW, are you making any Dayton rotations anytime soon? I have to attend orientation on Monday in Chicago. I also hear they still park at the hangars, is there anything I need to know to get to the training building?

Regards
Chris  Smile


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