National_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3558 times:
Sad, National was getting profitable too. National is the whole reason why I got into aviation and A.net. Here is a tribute to a horribly run airline with one the best employees in the industry. Always giving 110% on my flights with them.
BR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3530 times:
Sad Sad Sad.
There website says nothing of the kind. Although it might be because they are not updating right away until they officially go for Chapter 7 Liquidation. When and where was their last flight? can anyone in LAS confirm this?
ScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3375 times:
This is awful news for National Airlines will be shut down for now. I am very sad news to hear for National Airlines, too. So Jetblue will be takeover for nonstop from JFK-LAS by effective Jan. 7, 2002. I think will be gone soon with the B757-200 aircraft and what is exactly will going do for right now into the routes. Well, catch ya later!!
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3346 times:
for some f'd up reason, VC-10 deleted a thread I started that said "National Airlines Letter To Employees From CEO" was somehow a double thread??? although no one had posted the letter.. anyway......
November 6, 2002
To All Employees:
National To Cease Operations
It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that National Airlines will cease operations this evening. We have exhausted every viable alternative in seeking additional financing that would have allowed National to successfully reorganize. Despite the Company's operational progress during our reorganization and a business plan that we believed would be successful in the new operating environment, potential investors and creditors willing to take on risk in today's airline environment could not be found.
This is, no doubt, as difficult a situation as many of you have ever faced. While I personally am having all of the same emotions you are feeling, it is my duty to also try and provide you with information that may help to answer some of your questions you have about what happens now.
The Company will not operate any flights out of Las Vegas after 4:30 p.m. Pacific today. Flights departing field stations will continue until such time as all aircraft have returned to Las Vegas, where they will be parked. Aircraft will be ferried back to Las Vegas, and we will make every attempt to contact flight crews so that they may get on the ferried flights. Employees who are pass traveling may also catch these ferried flights. Individuals from flight crews who miss the flights will need to work with Crew Scheduling and the Pass Bureau to make arrangements to return to Las Vegas.
Customers with tickets on National Airlines that were purchased with MasterCard or VISA credit cards may apply for a refund through their credit card company. Customers using other credit cards must inquire at their respective credit card companies about refunds. Customers holding tickets for future National Airlines' flights should be able to fly on other carriers based on those respective carriers' acceptance program as outlined by Section 145 of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act. Use of National Airlines tickets on other carriers may affect customers' refund requests with their respective credit card companies. Refunds for tickets from National Airlines will not be available.
Employees in the operation will continue their employment with National until the completion of their shift, or until the operation as it affects an employee's specific duties is completed, whichever is applicable first.
Most administrative employment will be discontinued effective Wednesday, November 6th. Employees will be notified via the Company's intranet site (thenationalnet.com) as to the days and times employees will be permitted to return and gather their personal effects.
A small staff will be required to continue to work in order to shut down the Company. This work will include such items as processing paychecks to all employees for all time worked, shutting down the various parts of the operation, contacting vendors and suppliers to cancel all contracts and obligations, etc.
To assist with future employment, the Company will also mail employment verification letters to all employees.
The Company has set aside funds for payroll in order to pay employees for time worked through today, including estimated overtime and incentive pay. Direct deposit will not be available for the final paychecks. All employees will be mailed their paychecks. All mailings will be sent to the last known address (check your most recent paycheck to verify your address). Unused vacation time will not be paid. All W-2s will be mailed to each employee's last known address.
All employee benefits will cease immediately. Medical insurance via COBRA is not an option due to the requirement that the Company be operating. All medical claims that have not already been paid for via the insurance will also not be covered. You can contact Great West Life & Annuity Health Plan (Plan #357512) at 1-800-338-4015 to verify the status of individual claims.
Your 401(k) account will remain open, and your money is accessible only by you - not the Company or the Trustee. Additional contact information for 401(k) participants will be posted at nationalairlines.com. The Flexible Benefits Account has been funded with year-to-date employee contributions for participating employees, and those funds remain accessible through the normal claims process.
It is very important that all employees return both their National Airlines badge, airport badges, and uniforms. Return of these items is required under federal law and non-compliance will result in the Company having to notify the proper federal agencies. When and how these items (uniforms, work equipment such as laptops, company badges, airport badges, etc.) should be returned will be communicated to all through The National Net.
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Most of us will now have to deal with a situation that we have never faced before. There will be many questions and situations that arise over the next few hours and days that will test us as professionals and individuals. I trust that each of you will conduct yourselves with the same professionalism that you have demonstrated throughout your time with National. I also urge all employees to work with each other to help everyone get through this very difficult time, whether it be with assisting a fellow employee dealing with customers or vendors, emotional support, or any other form. Please note that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) remains available for a limited time. Employees may contact the EAP at 1-800-272-7255.
There is very little I can say that would be of comfort to anyone. I would, however, like to say that you have been the best group of employees I have ever had the pleasure of being associated. Airlines will come and go, but I will always believe that with the funding we were seeking, National Airlines had the opportunity to be the best. Unfortunately for all of us, things didn't work out that way.
I cannot begin to express my gratitude to everyone who believed in what we were trying to accomplish at National Airlines. Your efforts are what made our Company be recognized as one of the nation's top airlines in customer service. I sincerely hope that one day each of us will be able to reflect on our time with National knowing that we did our best under the circumstances.
Michael J. Conway
Chairman of the Board
President and CEO
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RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8076 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3322 times:
By the way, please note that America West (HP) is trying to accommodate stranded N7 passengers to the best of their ability according to HP's own web site.
I am going to watch with great interest who will try to fill in the capacity loss due to N7's shutdown. HP has already taken the first steps to do this by accommodating former N7 passengers, and in my opinion expect an announcement from Southwest (WN) before the end of this week for schedule changes to increase capacity in and out of WN's LAS hub.
Of course, JetBlue (B6) will start the JFK-LAS-JFK flight effective January 7, 2003; one wonders will Delta (DL) try to increase capacity to LAS from the ATL, DFW and CVG hubs?
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3312 times:
Man, what terrible news. It's as if no one saw it coming.
The Company will not operate any flights out of Las Vegas after 4:30 p.m. Pacific today. Flights departing field stations will continue until such time as all aircraft have returned to Las Vegas, where they will be parked.
Wow, I wonder how that last flight must have been like. I wonder how the pilots and F/A's informed the passengers of the news of it being their last flight as National employees.
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 3301 times:
I am really saddened about this! I rode them from MDW-LAS-MDW and this is the worst they did. I rode them and it was a nice airline, I even got to speak to the pilots after my flight and they were nice including the flight attendants. They had great service but they had to go so soon.
My sadness goes out to the employees and people who rode them.
"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)