As far as Continental Express goes, here's the deal. We will be parking 7 Brasilia's, 8 ATR's, and all the B-1900's. We are taking 4 ERJ-145's a month through December and 5 jets a month all next year. We have 124 RJ's on property as of today. We will not be hiring pilots for at least a year and we have already furloughed 280 pilots that were in training or just starting their line flying. We anticapate furloughing more in the months to come. Why? We have a flow-back agreement and we are taking at least 500 Continental Airlines pilots over the next 6 months with more to come if needed after that. The new aircraft and the Jet expansion will be done with Continental and senior Express crews. Cleveland has become an all jet hub and RJ's will probably expand and takeover 737 routes in the months to come. The XRJ's will be on property in May of next year. Pilot hiring at Express is a long way away and the furloughed pilots will be the first to come back next year if things look up.
It looks like I'll lose my captain spot on the ERJ but will be able to hold captain on the ATR or the EM2 (done that). I'd like to fly the ATR and get another type out of the company anyway so I have to find something positive out of this deal.
As for Comair and ASA, they don't have the flow-back agreement and they will probably expand the CRJ's to meet the lower demand on DL routes. Good deal for their pilots and I wish them well. I have many friends at both carriers. Eagle will probably furlough a few but not as many as Express as they only have a couple hundred AA pilots eligable to flow back to Eagle.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Actually flown: EMB-120 EMB-145 B717 B737 B757 B767